Forward as ENABLE Group

April 1, 2021 CEO blog Theresa Shearer

A year ago when we entered our first lockdown, no one could have predicted where we would be today. The uncertainty has been felt keenly by families across the country, and especially by our most vulnerable citizens.

Our objective as an organisation was to keep our staff and the people we work for safe, well and supported for however long the pandemic was to last.

The preparatory work had been done to enable virtually everyone to work from home, we set up the COVID-19 Staff Portal and regular staff updates to keep colleagues informed and connected, and we mobilised right across the charity to support the frontline delivery of care and support to the people we work for; keeping some of Scotland’s most vulnerable citizens safe and well in their own homes throughout this dangerous time.

Everyone, in all roles across the charity, should be incredibly proud of how they have pulled together to adapt to change, and maintain an unrelenting focus on our values and our purpose.

I am particularly grateful for the resilience and selfless dedication of our 1,800 frontline staff, who are true heroes of the country’s pandemic response. They offered support and specialist care to under-pressure families and brought moments of joy to often gloomy lockdown days. Their perseverance, even through the most frightening months of this pandemic, made a real difference to thousands of lives.

At ENABLE, we have always known the value of this work, but in these challenging times, the rest of the country got to see it too.

As we are now able to tentatively look forward to a post-pandemic future, we are determined to build on the success and resilience of our Group model alongside the recognition and reputation of the ENABLE brand.

So from 1st April, we are transitioning from the Piper Group name to the ENABLE Group, bringing together the very best of ENABLE Scotland’s campaigning and charitable projects, ENABLE Works’ employability and training services and ENABLE All’s self-directed support services under a unified brand. While only a change in name, it is an important nod to the achievements of our staff and supporters across the Group.

The change to our name has been universally welcomed by our members, our staff, our Trustees and supporters. Needless to say, it will not affect our day-to-day work, and our beneficiaries will always be at the heart of everything we do.

This is an incredibly exciting time both for the people we work with and work for, and we look forward to making further headway and setting the agenda in the charity sector under the ENABLE Group name.

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