Orchard Care Homes has gained accreditation under a national scheme to promote the employment of people with disabilities.
The government scheme is designed to help businesses recruit, retain disabled people, and people with health conditions, for their skills and talent.
“The disability confident scheme allows us to further develop our links with local communities”
Started in 2014, the scheme is intended to support employers to develop the talents and skills that disabled people can bring to the workplace.
It also highlights that employers are taking action to ensure that people with disabilities and long-term health conditions feel supported, engaged and able to fulfil their potential in the work place.
Through the scheme, Orchard Care Homes has committed to ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions.
It also commits the provider to increase its understanding of disability within its organisation, ensure that the company challenges attitudes towards disability and breaks down barriers concerning disability.
Jacqueline Rodgers, director of people, talent and operational development at Orchard Care Homes, said: “I am delighted that Orchard Care Homes has been awarded this accreditation.
“The disability confident scheme allows us to further develop our links with local communities and those we represent, ensuring that we are at the heart of our community and accessing the talent and skills which can often go unnoticed in the workplace,” she said.
She added: “We are always actively looking to attract and retain individuals in a transparent and open process which supports and reflects our local community.”
Orchard Care homes provides high quality care homes across the UK, working in partnership with national charities to deliver the very best of care for its residents.
The firm has over 40 homes in its portfolio covering North and West Yorkshire, North West, North East, Midlands, one home in wales plus several in the Grimsby, Doncaster and the Nottingham area.