Celebrating 'Ability' at Genesis 

Last updated - 2 November 2017

Ability-Force, the network celebrating what people can do
A word from the chair of the 'Ability-Force' network, Mark Jones

How did you become involved in the staff networks?

I have previously had some involvement with a Disability Staff Forum. I was invited to a Diversity and Inclusion meeting and asked if I would like to chair the revamped Health and Disability Forum. It sounded like an interesting opportunity to be involved in an area where I could maybe use my personal experience of disability to good use so I accepted the offer and I’m glad I did.

I have personally gained new knowledge on the wide range of work implications that a health issue or disability can have... and how to help to make Genesis a better place to work.
Mark Jones, chair of Ability Force

What made you want to get involved?

The willingness to be involved in a staff network  that ensures that Genesis’ provision for all staff affected by disability and long term health issues is as good as it can be.

What things have you been involved in?

We meet every two months, and we have written a number of awareness-raising blogs from our staff who have  different health conditions or disabilities.  We organise events to raise awareness of different disabilities, such as the International Day of Disabled Persons. We get involved in other projects too; for example, the network has been involved in developing a new approach to stress management.

What opportunities have you had as being part of a network?

Aside from meeting a great bunch of people, I have personally gained new knowledge on the wide range of work implications that a health issue or disability can have and how raising the profile of these issues can help to make Genesis a better place to work for all staff.