Celebrating 'Ability' at Genesis 

Last updated - 20 March 2018

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

How did you become involved in the staff networks?

I was invited to a Diversity and Inclusion meeting and asked if I would like to chair the new forum. It sounded like a good opportunity to get into. It was an area where I could put my own 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?

It was a great chance to be part of a network that ensures Genesis’ support for 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 many blogs from our staff who have different health conditions. We plan events to raise the profiles of different issues. We get involved in other projects too. For example, the network has been part of creating a new approach to stress management.

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

I’ve met a great bunch of people and have gained so much knowledge. I’ve learnt about the wide range of work implications that a health issue or disability can have. I’ve also found that raising the profile of these issues can help to make Genesis a better place to work for all staff.