Tuesdays at Ten: Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club
Forest City Sport & Social Club
Jun 03, 2014

On Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 we had the pleasure of speaking with Colin Galloway, the General Manager of the Forest City Sport & Social Club and Sarah, their Marketing Intern. Also joining us from the Hutton House team was Employment Specialist extraordinaire Joe Gansevles.

FCSSC has always valued inclusiveness. Hiring for interest & ability is all part of that.

Sarah and Colin photographed in front of a brick wall at Forest City Sport and Social Club.

Forest City Sport & Social Club Marketing Intern Sarah (on left) and General Manager Colin Galloway (on right).

Twitter Transcript: 

Ability First: We are excited to be speaking with Colin & Sarah from @fcssc! Can you tell us more about the Forest City Sport & Social Club?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: We offer adult co-ed rec sports, tournies & events in #LdnOnt! Londoners stay FIT, meet FRIENDS & have FUN!

Ability First: How long have you been in business providing fun, friends, fitness, connections & #RecessforAdults?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: #fcssc will be celebrating its 5th birthday in August 2014.

Ability First: Congratulations & happy upcoming birthday! How many employees do you have on average?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: #fcssc has 3 FT & about 20-25 PT employees that are game-coordinators during each season of play.

Ability First: How many of your employees have a disclosed #disability?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Currently 2 #PWD [Persons with Disabilities] working with us. In Summer-time sometimes more with special events & festivals in #LdnOnt.

Ability First: Can you briefly describe the positions filled by #PWD

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Gord – Facility Coordinator at #fcssc – welcomes members, directs foot traffic & monitors some security issues. John + others do marketing & promotions, distribution of posters/flyers at festivals & events in London.

Ability First: How have these employees contributed to your business?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: #fcssc membership has grown significantly in 5 years, due to marketing efforts in #ldnont + member experience.

Ability First: Those are amazing business benefits! @HuttonHouseLdn How have participants benefited from these jobs?

Hutton House

Hutton House: Our employment participants feel valued working with #fcssc. Gord who works directly with members, finds his position very fulfilling & feels like a million bucks – working with @fcssc & their participants!

Ability First: This definitely sounds like a win-win scenario

Hutton House

Hutton House: Absolutely!

Ability First: Did you have any prior experience working with someone with a #disability?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: No, but we will continue to work with #PWD in the future. #abilityfirst

Ability First: That’s great to hear! How did this experience help shape your outlook in the workplace?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: #fcssc has always valued inclusiveness. Hiring for interest & #ability (not #disability) is all part of that.

Ability First: We love what you just said, very well worded! How have members of the club reacted to your staff with disabilities?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Same as all staff. Our members just want a good experience and count on all of our staff to deliver that.

Ability First: How do you find this combined before & current experience shapes your outlook on #PWD outside the workplace?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: No change. #fcssc approach has always been about inclusiveness and fun.

Ability First: Inclusiveness + fun = a great approach! What were some of your initial concerns about hiring someone with a #disability?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: When hiring two main concerns – 1) shared passion for #fcssc’s commitment to fun, friends & fitness when hiring two main concerns – 1) shared passion for #fcssc’s commitment to fun, friends & fitness.

Ability First: That your hiring concerns are the same for all staff is such a great example for all #LdnOnt businesses! What was the deciding factor(s) that prompted you to #PutTheAbilityFirst & hire someone with a #disability?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Availability and interest in doing work that lots of others aren’t so keen to do.

Ability First: Filling these positions has helped your business be more successful & provided meaningful employment.

Hutton House

Hutton House: Often working w #pwd in workplace brings happiness & enthusiasm to all staff.

Ability First: Why do you think this is Joe?

Hutton House

Hutton House: Our experience is #pwd really value having a job. Employers benefit from a lot of commitment. Often job searches for #pwd can be long, when work is secured, very appreciative & excited about opportunity.

Ability First: How did you go about finding the right people for the positions you needed to fill?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: @HuttonHouseLdn matched our work to a qualified & interested client of theirs. Easy.

Ability First: Businesses never realize how easy it really is until they take that step & connect with a #PIE (Partner in Employment) like @HuttonHouseLdn. What are some of the most common misconceptions you hear other employers talk about in terms of hiring #PWD?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Lack of ability. Requirement for extra training…. Both misconceptions. Higher levels of supervision required. None of these misconceptions were concerns for #fcssc.

Ability First: How do you attempt to correct these misconceptions?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Include #PWD so that other staff & members see that those concerns are misconceptions.

Ability First: Great answer & we’re so excited to see this #inclusion being done so well at @fcssc! @HuttonHouseLdn What are your thoughts on these common misconceptions?

Hutton House

Hutton House: With Gord -needed his foot in the door & @fcssc provided the opportunity – he excelled on his own from there.

Ability First: How has @HuttonHouseLdn worked with you to hire & retain #PWD?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: @HuttonHouseLdn has always introduced us to capable team members and delivered exactly what they promised. @HuttonHouseLdn have adapted work when req’d & provided supervision/coaching for their clients to succeed. Clients like working for #fcssc, thanks in part to @HuttonHouseLdn support.

Ability First: This sounds like a very valuable partnership! @HuttonHouseLdn What do you like about working with @FCSSC?

Hutton House

Hutton House: @fcssc trust us and are very open and is also a tonne of *fun* as an employer!

Ability First: And your employer services are always free of charge, correct?

Hutton House

Hutton House: Yes absolutely – services are free, and sometimes wage subsidies are available for employers.

Ability First: What are you waiting for #LdnOnt #employers? Take the 1st step & #PutTheAbilityFirst in your workplace with @HuttonHouseLdn today! What is your advice for potential employers?

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Call @HuttonHouseLdn first. They will facilitate your success working with #PWD.

Ability First: Please finish this sentence, “I hire for #AbilityFirst because…”

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: #fcssc hires #abilityfirst because it’s good for business and for our community.

Ability First: Thank you so much for joining us Sarah & Colin and helping to spread the word about business benefits of hiring #PWD! And a big thank you to Joe & the @HuttonHouseLdn team as well.

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: Thank you for having us!

Hutton House

Hutton House: Great to be involved – have a great day!

Forest City Sport & Social Club

Forest City Sport & Social Club: We enjoy working with @HuttonHouseLdn! Thank you for all your help!

Hutton House

Hutton House : It’s always a pleasure! Love working with you guys too!

Ability First: It’s so great to see this kind of a community partnership take root & blossom. Way to go @fcssc & @HuttonHouseLdn! If you are looking for some fun this summer make sure to check out @fcssc and support #LdnOnt businesses that #PutTheAbilityFirst!

Hutton House