YOU’s Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

These are the figures for The YOU Trust using the snapshot date of 5 April 2017. The figures set out below have been calculated using the standard methodologies used in the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. Please direct your inquiry to our Head of People if you have any questions about the below figures.

1) Mean gender pay gap

 

Male mean hourly rate

Female mean hourly rate

-2.30%

 

10.01

10.24

2) Median gender pay gap

 

Male median hourly rate

Female median hourly rate

-1.24%

 

8.89

9.00

3) Mean bonus gender pay gap

 

Male mean bonus pay between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

Female mean bonus pay between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

51.85%

 

674.95

325.00

4) Median bonus gender pay gap

 

Male median bonus pay between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

Female median bonus pay between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

40.74%

 

674.95

400.00

5) Proportion of males and females receiving a bonus payment

 

Number of males receiving a bonus between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

Number of relevant males in period

 

Number of females receiving a bonus between 6/4/16 and 5/4/17

Number of relevant females in period

 

 

2.00

137.00 (1.46%)

 

4.00

422.00 (0.95%)

6) Proportion of males and females in each quartile band

 

Employees in lower quartile

Female

Male

Employees in lower middle quartile

Female

Male

Employees in upper middle quartile

Female

Male

Employees in upper quartile

Female

Male

 

 

71

58 (81.69%)

13 (18.31%)

71

48 (67.61%)

23 (32.39%)

71

52 (73.24%)

19 (26.76%)

71

59 (83.10%)

12 (16.90%)

BAKE OFF COMES TO PORTSMOUTH TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ADVICE SERVICES

Every year Advice Portsmouth helps over 14,000 people who live in the City with free advice on welfare benefit, debt, housing, employment, and family and consumer issues. Many people walk into the Centre, based on Kingston Crescent, with issues on Personal Independence Payments, Employment Support Allowance and other financial matters.

MP Stephen Morgan came to the Centre yesterday to support the team who took part in the Great Legal Bake to raise funds to provide people with budgeting tools and for the hardship fund.  The cake competition was judged by Stephen and the winner was 11 year old Lucy Webber who baked delicious popping candy cupcakes.

Acting Manager Annette Groves said, “We were delighted Stephen was able to join us and judge the Bake Off and we would like to thank him for the interest and knowledge he showed in the problems that people in the city face.”

Stephen Morgan MP said “It’s essential that the people of Portsmouth have access to good quality advice and Advice Portsmouth are doing a great job at providing this. I’ve been hugely impressed with the work that they do – it was great to visit the team yesterday and see for myself the hard work they put in to providing such an important service.”

The Team managed to raise over £100 through their bake sale and online donations. If you believe that this is a cause that you would like to contribute to, then please visit https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/GreatLegalBake2018 to make a donation.

Take a stand against Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

The YOU Trust is joining with other fantastic organisations around the world this year to support of the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence and Abuse and White Ribbon campaigns to end male violence against women once and for all. We have launched the “Take a stand against Domestic Abuse” campaign to raise some much-needed awareness on the issue starting with this introduction to what Domestic Abuse is.

What is Domestic Abuse

The UK government defines domestic violence and abuse as an act or series of acts which may be violent, abusive, coercive and threatening behaviour or controlling often between individuals 16 or over, that are/ were in a relationship, been intimate or between family members.

Types Of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take various forms, the most common of which are Physical, Sexual, Financial and Psychological /Emotional.

Physical Abuse: This form of abuse covers a lot of physical acts of violence towards the victim including acts like; punching, slapping, hitting, biting, pinching, pulling hairs, shoving, strangling and, violence against family/pets, use or threat of use of weapons (knives, bats, sticks, etc.)

Sexual Abuse: This form of domestic abuse refers to unwanted acts of a sexual nature directed at the victim. This includes acts like, sexual harassment or pressure, rape, persuading others (especially children) to participate in sexual acts and use of sexually degrading language.

Financial: This refers to situations where a person looks to gain from the finances of another over whom they have influence or control over. Financial abuse includes acts such as making the victim take out credit, taking loans in the victim’s name, stealing from them, destroying their property, controlling their access to money, not contributing to joint bills and so on.

Psychological/Emotional: This is where the victim is psychologically controlled by the abuser. The victim may be subjected to controlling and coercive acts that cause them to feel guilty, ignored, isolated, scared, bullied, insignificant, and may be prevented from making decisions about their own lives such as who they see and where they can or can’t go.

Other Types Of Domestic Abuse To Note

Stalking: Stalking is defined as the persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed, distressed, alarmed, fearful of violence against you (Victim Support). It includes acts like following, watching or spying on a person, forcing contact with them (including contacting them on Social media), regularly sending unwanted gifts and sending threats.

FGM: FGM or Female Genital Mutilation is a term used to describe acts of removing partially or completely, the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. These acts are often referred to as female circumcision or cutting and are commonly practised by people of minority ethnic groups especially those of Middle Eastern, African and Asian origin.

These acts are illegal in the UK and are considered a gross violation of human rights against girls and women because of the suffering that they cause those affected especially during sex and childbirth.

Who Is Affected By Domestic Abuse?

Although women are the most likely to be victims of Domestic Abuse, anyone could be a victim of Domestic Abuse regardless of age, gender, sexuality.

  • According to the ONS, “an estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse” in the UK last year – of those, 713,000 were men.
  • 228,385 child protection referrals were made as a result of domestic abuse-related incidents in the year ending June 2017.
  • 64% of women staying in refuges have children staying with them.
  • Among the elderly, although the proportion of domestic abuse cases tends to decline with age among women, the opposite is the case in men.

Graph showing proportion of domestic violence against the person by age and sex

The YOU Trust’s Role

At The YOU Trust, we are committed to developing and delivering services that reduce harm and increase the safety of all victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse within our community.

We are actively working to achieve this by providing expert advice and support through our community and accommodation based services which ensure our clients have easy access to the emotional support and security they need to move on. These services are listed below.

Please follow the links to contact the relevant team if you need any support

Domestic Abuse Services

Children and Family Services

Refuge and Safe Houses

Community Support Groups

Outreach Support

Independent Domestic Violence Advocated

Take a Stand Today

You can take a stand with us today by

  1. sharing this post on your social media page to raise awareness among your friends
  2. supporting the work we do to support the victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse. You can do this by Giving Online or directly to our services in Dorset (youfirstdorsetenquiries@theyoutrust.org.uk) and Hampshire (spoc@theyoutrust.org.uk)
  3. or you can get some training and equip yourself to better spot cases of Domestic Abuse. Our sister organisation, My Learning Cloud, provides excellent e-learning courses on Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding Children and Young People and Safeguarding Adults that would be perfect starting points for this.

Andy’s Story

Kate, a worker for our Portsmouth Circle of Support service, met Andy at a drop in she was running at the Lighthouse, a soup kitchen for people who are in financial hardship.

Andy been struggling with mental ill health since childhood, his self confidence was very low. He would walk with his head down, had no mental health support worker and felt he had no network of support to turn to.

He had a history of substance misuse, but had been clean for the past 6 months. During his meeting with Kate he said he did not want to relapse, he wanted to get out of debt, learn to budget effectively and ultimately be confident enough to look for volunteering opportunities. He was due a medical assessment with regards to his benefits and would like support in attending this. Andy’s low confidence meant he struggled speaking with people, especially those in authority. He agreed to be supported by Circle of Support, hoping to build on his confidence and begin afresh.

Over the next few months Andy received support with managing his debts. All his companies were contacted to request his accounts be put on hold while a financial statement could be completed, which they agreed to. This allowed him time to organise his finances and begin some work on budgeting.

Andy’s GP arranged for him to be referred to Talking Change for support sessions for his mental health. Andy was anxious about this, due to his fear of having to talk about his past. He did not feel comfortable talking to a stranger, but was assured that he would be getting the right support from someone specially trained in Mental Health issues. To ease him in, Andy’s support worker attended the first appointment with him, waiting in the waiting area. The mental health worker put Andy at ease, helping him realise she was there to help him. He felt so reassured by her that he was happy to attend all other appointments on his own. He successfully completed a 12 week therapy session which enabled him to put coping mechanisms in place to aid in his recovery.

Initially Andy had wanted support in attending his medical assessment for his benefit claim, but after a few support sessions felt strong enough to attend alone. The assessment was failed meaning he needed to sign on to JSA which he did completely independently. He was supported to attend the first meeting with his coach, with every other session after attended without support. There was a pause in money being received, during which Andy contacted all utility companies etc to explain the situation with them agreeing to put accounts on hold for a month.

After a few months the change in Andy’s confidence levels was amazing. He went out and bought a suit with money he’d saved to wear to meetings, holding his head high and feeling like he was worth the investment. Andy had been involved in a long-term dispute with one of his neighbours who had been repeatedly asking Andy to buy him alcohol. As a recovering alcoholic this was very difficult for Andy, his low confidence levels meaning he found it hard to say no. Since beginning his support with Circle of Support Andy’s confidence has soared meaning he felt able to, alongside his support worker, meet with his neighbour to resolve this issue. He has started attending church again, and through that met a woman who is disabled and no longer able to maintain her garden. He offered to do her garden for her, she asked what she could do in exchange and as he has no washing machine she offered to do his washing. Andy has great plans for the flowers and borders.

Andy now has not one but five suits. His confidence levels are at an all time high. He is receiving the support he needs for his mental health and feels in a better position to deal with his debt and benefit. In his personal life he has rekindled a relationship with a woman he met a year ago – and they’re getting married.

*name has been changed

Gimme Shelter take 2!

Gimme Shelter Festival Fundraiser is back!

Last December’s event was so popular the team have decided to run a summer edition, again in support of YOU’s Dorset Social Inclusion Service.

The service supports vulnerably housed people into their own accommodation, helping them secure rent deposits, get back on their feet and regain independence.

Martin Saint, one of the three organisers, says of this year’s event: ‘we have outdone ourselves securing bands this time, as we have Dorset’s biggest dub-reggae band headlining in the absolutely fantastic Cuba Libre. We also have the West Country’s answer to the White Stripes, Jawbone, in the house; if you like your rock ‘n’ roll, this is not to be missed.’

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on the door at a bargain price of £3, and there is also a Total Giving page set up for people who wish to give a little extra to this fantastic cause.

http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/gimmeshelterfest2

 

 

Advice Portsmouth: Southampton Legal Walk

A huge thankyou to everyone who donated to the Legal Walk event! The team raised an amazing £875! We’re keeping the Total Giving page open for anyone who still wishes to donate, we have a little way to go before we reach our target for the year so please do continue to share our page.

A team from our Advice Portsmouth service took part in the Southampton Legal Walk organised by the South West Legal Support trust on 8th May.

Advice Portsmouth is a pioneering service situated in the North End of Portsmouth delivering free and independent advice regarding debt, employment, welfare benefits, housing, consumer and general advice regarding family issues. The service is funded by Portsmouth City Council but every year needs to raise an additional £25k to maintain the work of its amazing advisors. £12,500 of the target has been raised so far, and the team are taking part in the sponsored walk to try and raise an additional £5k to bring them closer to the annual target.

It’s not too late to sponsor the team for this event! If you want to support the service you can do so via their Total Giving page here: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/adviceportsmouth

To find out about future sponsored walks organised by The YOU Trust or for more information on how you can run your own event, feel free to contact our team in head office via enquiries@theyoutrust.org.uk.

 

Calling all Movers and Shakers! Festival Fundraiser returns

Exciting news today that a festival fundraiser which raised over £1k for our Dorset Social Inclusion Service is set to return for an early summer event.

‘Gimme Shelter’ is an event organised by YOU’s very own Martin Saint. Martin works in Dorset as an Accommodation Finder for the service, known as Your Journey. All proceeds from this fabulous festival will go towards the work of the service.

The Dorset Social Inclusion Service provides a co-ordinated, comprehensive and flexible package of support for people who are of no fixed abode, sofa surfing or in temporary accommodation, and for rough sleepers. This includes working with partners to identify and make contact with people sleeping out as well as with those who have substance misuse issues, mental health issues and/or a history of offending. Each client, no matter what their circumstances or where they live, is matched with a named Community Navigator who works in equal partnership with them, recognising their skills and strengths, planning how their outcomes are to be met.

The festival was extremely well received last time round, and Martin is confident the bands he’s secured for this year’s line up will guarantee another great event. Of the line up he says ‘we have outdone ourselves securing bands this time as we have Dorset’s biggest dub-reggae band headline in the absolutely fantastic Cuba Libre. We also have the West Country’s answer to the White Strips, Jawbone, in the house; if you like your rock ‘n’ roll, this is not t be missed’.

The festival is also looking to showcase bands from local schools during the afternoon slot. It’s set to be a great community event with hopes of raising even more money for the valuable service.

‘Everybody of any age is welcome and as ever, all donations for food and clothes are welcome,’ Martin says, ‘ all funds will be going to the Dorset Social Inclusion Service to help clients with difficulties with their housing’.

Tickets will be available on the door at a bargain of £3 each.

 

 

 

National Stalking Awareness Week

This week 24th – 28th April is National Stalking Awareness Week. According to a 2006 survey (British Crime Survey) at least 5 million people are stalked each year, but this is likely to be a much higher figure as only 1% of stalking cases are recorded by police (National Stalking Consortium, 2016).

National Stalking Advocacy Service, Paladin, discovered during its 2016 service evaluation that 70% of its clients were female, and 68% of cases were related to domestic violence. You First is the YOU Domestic Violence and Abuse service supporting people daily who are experiencing the realities of stalking. Following on from partnership work with the Police and Crime Commissioner in Dorset, You First are pleased to announce they were successful in the application for a share in the Tampon Tax. They have received funding to further develop and deliver an innovative and specialist service for those experiencing stalking.

The service will be targeted specifically at people who are either engaged with, or experiencing stalking across all different types of stalking and involves working in close partnership with the police, probation, health and other specialist support.

Paladin are hosting a national stalking conference in June. YOU’s Head of Domestic Violence and Abuse, and Manager of Dorset You First will both be attending in order to help form best practice at the new clinic. Statistics from crime surveys reveal that most people don’t report stalking incidents to the police and are not sure how to get help. We’re excited to be part of the wider conversation providing solutions to this crime affecting so many peoples’ lives in secret.

Follow National Stalking Awareness Week on social media through the hashtag #StalkingMatters or #NSWA17

What is Stalking?

Defined by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

‘It is hard to give an exact definition of stalking because stalkers will often use multiple and differing methods to harass their victims. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, distress or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.’ 

Be a Part of My Learning Cloud’s Exciting Development Plans

My Learning Cloud is a subsidiary social enterprise of The YOU Trust and is looking to expand it’s number of independent Non-Executive Board members. This comes at a time in which My Learning Cloud is implementing a new business plan, with a key aim to rapidly grow the business.

The YOU Trust is a charity organisation which operates across the Hampshire and Dorset counties and who’s mission is to provide people with the help they need to realise their dreams of independence, security, stability, happiness and freedom. We help people in our communities who need care, support and advice due to poverty, homelessness, disability, age, ill health or abuse to have the life they want.

My Learning Cloud’s social vision is to transform the skills of people with really high quality, innovative and engaging multi-device learning through a learning platform which meets the needs of today and tomorrow. They are the market leaders in delivering online learning solutions for the Care, Support and Health sector.

March 2017 was an exciting time for My Learning Cloud as they launched their new version of their on-line learning platform. This platform is designed to offer a blended solution to learning which is delivered through an individually tailored user interface and contains training that is only applicable to that individual and their learning pathways.

Chief Cloud, Steven Embleton, says:

“The launch of Version 2 has been very positive, and the feedback received fantastic. I am very proud of the whole team for all the hard work and effort that they have put in over the past few months in designing and implementing Version 2 so that learners have more control and freedom over how they learn.”

In July 2016, My Learning Cloud become the one and only provider to be endorsed by Skills for Care as a the recognised provider of e-learning and their e-learning programme The Care Certificate. All courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere and are produced with CPD accreditation and designed according to CQC and government legislation guidelines

The My Learning Cloud Board meets several evenings a year to monitor the success of the social enterprise and discuss the next challenge to be achieved. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Non-Executive Director of My Learning Cloud, please contact Chief Executive Nicola Youern on 01329 821 923 or email nicola.youern@theyoutrust.org.uk.

New Refuge – Furnishing Fund

In a time where we hear about the negative impact of austerity cuts on refuges throughout the country, You First have positive and exciting news for Dorset and the national network of refuge provision!

You First have secured alternative and larger refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse. We’re thrilled to be able to offer a much needed safe space, but now we need your help…

The circumstances under which the women come to us often mean they arrive with minimal clothing and provisions. We aim to provide a fully functioning living space, and currently need new white goods to kit out the kitchen. Can you spare a few pounds to make this a reality?

Any support through donations and/or sharing the link to our fundraising page would be appreciated not only by You First but by the women and children living at the refuge.

http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/domesticabuserefugedonations