- We’ve welcomed just shy of 100 members from business and public sector, a community of creative, energetic, imaginative, impatient, irresistible change agents who head up disability networks across the UK.
- We’ve delivered a programme of unique events and training on Networkology, thanks to support from: Barclays, Fujitsu, Coca-Cola, BIS, Accenture, PwC, CMS McKenna, Herbert Smith Freehills.
- Two new publication, #VirtuallyPurple sponsored by Remploy and Purple Stories, sponsored by our Partners, Equal Approach.
- We launched the Equal Approach Bursary scheme and awarded 9 bursaries to network leaders across Whitehall – supporting Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary at Department for Transport and Disability Champion to deliver meaningful change and to better connect the public and private sectors.
- We piloted our first digital campaign #purpletalk reaching over 600,000 people with our message about building disability confidence from the inside out, alongside our campaign partners KPMG, Fujitsu and Shaw Trust.
- A new membership structure that not only makes it easier for organisations to up-skill multiple stakeholders as disability change agents but also offers affordable options for individuals who enjoy our narrative and approach to building inner disability confidence. We will announce full details towards the end of January.
- Our submission to Government Green Paper ‘Work, health and disability: improving lives’. Our submission will inform the government about the vital role that disability networks play in driving change and supporting retention strategies that help staff to stay in work while managing a disability or health condition in more difficult times.
- We are developing a maturity model that defines the skills and behaviours of a disability confident employee. The template and guidance will be created using the knowledge and personal experience of our members. We have started with a visual impairment focus group which includes representatives from: CMS McKenna, PwC, Bouygues, KPMG, E.ON and many more.
- We will be piloting a global conversation between network leaders across the globe. We want to make it easier for our global members to engage with their purple talent where ever they are in the world.
- Our 2017 publications programme will include a new fresh, best practice guide for networks and a new publication that will explore the key characteristics of Purple Allies/Champions and how to develop those skills written by David Caldwell, Barclays and Sarah Simcoe Fujitsu, two of our Ambassadors.
Philip Rutnam and Janet Hill, we thank you for your support and enthusiastic championing of our first bursary scheme. We can't wait to see how our Civil Service bursary holders continue to flourish in 2017.
My final thanks go to the PurpleSpace core team - our ambassadors Andy Garrett, David Caldwell and Sarah Simcoe, our web development team Rob Weymss and David Hallett and my right hand woman Vanessa Hardy.
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