We work with the people we support to identify their needs and achieve their goals, recognising their strengths and potential.
We are based within and accountable to the communities we serve. We engage with our communities and consider the local impact of everything we do.
We participate in local and citywide forums, networks and partnerships to influence and co-produce policy and strategy.
We empower our colleagues to take responsibility through open dialogue and communication, offering both challenge and support.
We constantly review our practices to ensure that no one who is eligible for and needs our support is prevented from accessing our services, or is discriminated against.
We actively work to promote community cohesion: both by enabling people to integrate with their communities and by providing and supporting community events and activities.
We actively build partnerships with organisations who can help us to engage with and support minority and disenfranchised groups.
We recruit and retain colleagues who reflect the diverse communities we work in.
We monitor performance and feedback to ensure continuous improvement in the services we provide, and the satisfaction of the people we work with.
We support local initiatives, businesses and agencies to achieve shared goals for the benefit of our communities.
We work in partnership with our commissioners and stakeholders to identify best practice, achieve shared aims and overcome barriers.
We create an open, rewarding working environment providing opportunities for development for all colleagues.
After beginning her working life with the Ambulance Service, Julia joined West Yorkshire Housing Association in 1994 and went on to manage services for vulnerable people there and with English Churches Housing Group (now Riverside). In 2005, Julia switched roles to become Supporting People Commissioning Manager with Leeds City Council, but returned to lead GIPSIL in 2007.
Paul‘s first role in supported housing was in 1988, at a project for ex-offenders in Blackburn. Since then, he has worked in senior operational management roles for national and regional housing associations. He has been based in Leeds for over 20 years, representing the Third Sector on several strategic groups and forums.
As well as having over 15 years’ experience with GIPSIL, John has held Finance and Account Manager roles with a number of private companies, and was a Founding Member and Director of Crigglestone Day Care Limited, Wakefield.