Media Release: Care provider commended for exemplary model

COMMON Thread Ltd, based in Dumfriesshire Scotland, have achieved Gold Status from Investors in People for their model in human resource management and good practice.

This accolade follows on from their Silver Award having now demonstrated that all elements of their good practice are closely aligned with their core values and underpin every element of their model.

Following hard on the heels of this Gold Award the CEO of Common Thread, Julie Joseph, has been nominated for IIPs ‘Leader of the Year Award’ the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of June in London.

Julie Joseph said: “Having founded Common Thread ten years ago our organisation has grown organically over the years and the loyalty shown by our staff has been exceptional.

“That my teams should have put me forward for the ‘Leader of the Year Award’ is very humbling. To have achieved this Gold Standard shows that we are at the forefront of the sector and we look forward to rolling out the model further afield.”

Common Thread are the only children’s residential care provider in Scotland and one of only two in the UK, to be awarded the IIP Gold Standard clearly demonstrates Common Thread have achieved an outstanding model of human resource management.

Common Thread care for vulnerable children and young people with ten homes and three schools throughout Scotland and it is an accolade that their care for staff and team members and indeed Julie to be so firmly recognized for their work.


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Notes to editors:

Common Thread

We are often asked where the name Common Thread came from. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves that question!

It fundamentally came down to people, we believed that the common thread through any organisation could be narrowed to the people that are involved with it.

In this case we decided that the young people would always be considered as the primary focus but of course they are young people’ our common thread is simply put people. We were founded in 2004 by Julie Joseph, initially with two houses.

Our initial intent was to develop good practice and to broadcast that good practice to as many organisations as we could.

We have grown our company organically as people who displayed the skills to help that growth came to us expanding our footprint into the central belt of Scotland was very carefully considered and has been an outstanding success, to date.

When we opened Merrick School in 2009 it was the culmination of a dream for Julie who had a clear vision and belief that we could not provide outstanding childcare without the educational element being available internally. Merrick School has been another outstanding success for Common Thread.

Our primary intent remains excellent care and education for the young people that come to stay with us.

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