Wolverhampton youth organization becomes second in the world to receive jobs accolades

From left to right ; Blantina Chipangura, executive director of human resources and philosophy of the YMCA Black Country; Sandra Samuels, Advisor to the Mayor of Wolverhampton; Community Activities Leader Shenaz Hafeez and CEO Steve Clay. Photo: YMCA Black Country.

The Wolverhampton YMCA is the only branch of the youth organization – one of 14,000 in 119 countries – to be presented with the ISO 30415 international standard in human resource management: diversity and inclusion.

This makes it the second organization in the world to obtain such accreditation.

The standard explores employers’ attitudes towards diversity and inclusion and the extent to which its systems, processes and behaviors are truly diverse and representative towards its employees.

YMCA CEO Steve Clay said, “I’m thrilled. Our region is made up of a rich mosaic of cultures represented by our staff and volunteers and in the many communities we serve.

“We are stronger through diversity and we are committed to working for an equitable and just society for all.”

Councilor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member of the Council for Children and Young People, added: “Before I became a councillor, I worked for the charity and it has always been a welcoming organization to the diverse communities around it at Wolverhampton.

“It offers a number of amenities including youth services, crèches, education and training and much more. I’m really proud to have this fantastic facility in my service.

A new £8.5million YMCA ‘City Gateway’ resource center has recently opened in the city near Cleveland Road, next to the old Royal Hospital building.

The facility has 63 studios for young professionals, a 115-place nursery for local working families, a community training area, business/retail units for local service, and administrative offices. for all YMCA operations throughout the Black Country.