Abri

We are a housing association who build, own, look after and sell homes that people can afford.
http://www.abri.co.uk

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Last Christmas, housing association Abri gave a £250 Christmas thank-you to all employees, except the senior leadership and executive team, to acknowledge how well everyone had continued to do their job despite the pandemic. The gesture also recognised the important role everybody has to play at the not-for-profit organisation, which provides 35,000 homes for 80,000 residents, from those working out-and-about keeping communities spick and span to the development team making sure new homes are the best they can be.

Trying to keep things feeling a little bit normal has been key to keeping up morale and at Hampshire-based Abri, which was formed as a result of the merger between housing providers Radian and Yarlington, creating one of the largest housing associations in the south of England.

The trades team were involved in the launch of its new name, which means shelter, and modelled their rebranded uniforms in a fashion show at the virtual conference watched by 1,100 staff, who were all sent goody bags to mark the change. The annual staff-run pantomime also went ahead, albeit virtually, with a reduced cast delivering a socially distanced version of Scrooge spreading some much needed Christmas cheer amid the pandemic gloom.

Abri which builds, owns, looks after and sells homes that people can afford to rent or buy is passionate about tackling the housing crisis and building thriving and sustainable communities and also prides itself on being a workplace where everyone has a chance to belong, grow and thrive.

Featured Workplace Factors

Personal Growth

69% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Abri has a virtual “Learning Lounge” where colleagues can grab a coffee and drop in for a chat about their development. Monthly “Get Curious” sessions on 'life, love and the universe' cover everything from nutrition and cooking to talks from external speakers on issues including transphobia.

Wellbeing

74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Abri ran workshops for those returning from furlough and let them know what wellbeing support was available to them. There is 'managing stress' and 'personal resilience' training for all staff while online exercise, mindfulness and yoga classes are available to keep employees fit and healthy.

Giving Something Back

80% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Abri has given around £60,000 from its Community Fund to local organisations and charities to help them navigate the impacts of Covid. It also adapted community hubs into food distribution centres, providing more than meals to support schools, essential workers and vulnerable residents during first lockdown.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
Total number of employees
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
48% : 52%
Male : Female employee ratio
26%
Employees earning £35k+
6%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
"Our People strategy supports our strategic aim for Abri to become a top 10 place to work.? We are off to a great start with a Best Companies two-star accreditation, recognising Abri as having ‘outstanding levels of engagement’. Abri is already a great place to work and we want to make it even better by listening to what our colleagues have to say and by learning from other organisations to ensure that Abri is an inclusive and engaging place to work for everyone."

Vicky Beckwith, Director of HR & OD - Abri

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