We’re incredibly proud and humbled to be one of the first 15 UK companies who employ ex-offenders to be given the prestigious YOUNITED Flag award from Key4Life.
The YOUNITED FLAG award – launched in September 2019 by music legend Nile Rodgers together with crime prevention charity, Key4Life – encourages companies to employ ex-offenders and give them another chance, rewarding those that do with the prestigious YOUNITED Flag kitemark.
Last week, Alex attended the award ceremony with Holly, our Operations Director and Ruben, one of our longest-standing ex-offenders employees. The award ceremony took place in central London and Alderman William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, was on hand to present the awards – mega!
And we were in good company – the 15 companies awarded the YOUNITED were: Acorn Recruitment, Avalara, Bouygues, Dent Global, MediaCom, Purple Hire Solutions, SheerLuxe, Sir Robert McAlpine, Social Pantry, Sony Music, St James, Trade Windows, Yeo Valley, Willis Towers Watson and Willmott Dixon.
Key4Life will extend the YOUNITED FLAG award to many more companies UK-wide next year, in association with the Corbett Network.
‘What IF’ you could change a life…..Get involved. You won’t regret it. Tell your employers and if you are an employer get in touch with Key4Life. Lots of great employers are doing it. If I can do it as a small business….any business can do it!” Alex Head, founder & owner of Social Pantry
The special awards ceremony at Mansion House also celebrated the 9th birthday of Key4Life, which has an unrivalled track record for transforming the lives of some of the most disaffected young men in Britain. Key4Life reduces re-offending through its innovative rehabilitation programme for young men in prison and those at risk of going to prison, saving lives by helping to break the cycle of crime. Running programmes in London and the South West, the charity uses equine therapy, music, mentorship and employability training to help the young men heal and become valuable contributors to society. Horses play a vital part in rehabilitating the men, both inside and out of prison.