Gateway Family Services has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of the work it does to help people overcome barriers to learning, employment and access to community healthcare.
There are 400 markholders across the UK – and it isn’t given lightly. It shows that a company is committed to social or environmental objectives, and can be trusted.
Vicki Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, is delighted with the award. For her, it is one more proof that Gateway’s work contributes to eliminating the causes of deprivation.
“Service users arrive here unprepared for the workplace but we enable them to become work-ready and qualified; some even leave their training already employed. We aim to reduce inequality by bridging gaps in public service delivery and working in partnership with the NHS and local authority. Gateway creates specific job roles to address deprivation, such as our Pregnancy Outreach Workers”, she says.
The Social Enterprise Mark will give Gateway a competitive edge and it will also be used to promote the social enterprise movement in general. For the company it will be an opportunity to demonstrate that what it does, and its profits help communities in the long term.