Celebrating International Women’s Day

Hear from our CEO, Emma, on celebrating and supporting women’s achievements in Achieve together.

The 8th March is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge – highlighting how we can “all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.” (www.internationalwomensday.com)

At Achieve together, we are proud of celebrating and supporting women’s achievements – 74.9% of our management are women, and we have 69.9% of women working at Achieve together overall.

An impressive number of our women have achieved great success in their career progression. They have successfully overcome life challenges, obstacles, and juggled family with work – their stories are truly inspiring and reflect our value of ‘Being Brave’: Click to see our values here.

Hear from 2 of the inspiring women who work for Achieve together:

Emma Reeve, Operations Director

“I think in social care you have to be brave every day – no two days are the same, just in the same way that the people we support and work with, are individual. I like to work outside of the box and create new ways of working, and I feel I’m at my bravest when I work on my gut instinct, take an idea and lead it to fruition. Achieve together is an organisation that allows people to be brave and champions the innovation – that’s why I love working for Achieve together.”

“In my time in Achieve together, I’ve felt fully supported to work with my ideas and drive change, but there has also been support in my development – all doors are always open. Achieve together really wants the best out of everyone, at every level, and the support is there for people to become their best.”

Sheila Morgan, Head of Acquisitions & Projects

Sheila started as a home manager in 2010, and within four years, took her service (The Ridgeway) to achieve an Outstanding rating. It was the first supported living service in England to be rated Outstanding! She then became a regional manager, and is now Head of Acquisitions & Projects.

Sheila says: “I’ve always been passionate about improving the lives of the people we support and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great and passionate people. We have some really passionate and inspirational women within Achieve together. Including all the women who work in central functions, providing vital support to our services – many of whom are having to balance working from home with home schooling. Also our regional managers who have worked tirelessly to support their services.”

“But most importantly – our managers and support workers – who have been on the front line facing the realities of COVID-19 on a daily basis. These women have shown everyone how important their roles are, and how dedicated and resilient they have been during a really difficult year – they have been an inspiration to us all.”

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the inspiring, incredible women at Achieve together – I am so proud of you all!