Access Community Trust

Eliminating social isolation, vulnerability and homelessness through wellbeing, accommodation, education/training and practical support.
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https://www.accessct.org/

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More ex service-users are joining the staff at Access Community Trust, which provides vital services to vulnerable people and communities In East Anglia. The number joining the Lowestoft-based organisation under its "pathways to employment" initiative has risen and they make up 25% of the workforce, bringing with them insight into the support methods used through their lived experience.

The trust has experienced other changes as a result of the pandemic, after measures introduced in the past 18 months proved to be of benefit to staff and the organisation. One-month sabbaticals have been brought in for all team members achieving five years of service and internal communication has improved among teams and between leaders and staff. Greater levels of IT knowledge, as a result of remote working, also brought forward the launch of an IT upgrade planned for next year. An employee appreciation scheme has also come into force.

Another positive to come out of the pandemic is a new approach to team events. Because of lockdowns, the charity was forced to adopt a roadshow approach to its usual staff engagement day. Over a week, senior management met small groups in a variety of fun locations, including a zoo and an outdoor learning centre. The success of these led to the staging of a pop-up cinema event in August, which also served to capture staff nominations and feedback for the organisation’s second virtual staff celebration and awards in December, which was watched live by 89% of the workforce.

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My Team

81% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

In the past year, an employee appreciation scheme has been launched. Any team member is eligible for an award, regardless of length of service. Access Action Stars is a monthly honour that is awarded to 10 staff who have been nominated by colleagues for having gone beyond the call of duty.
Wellbeing

77% of staff agreed

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

Quarterly anonymous wellbeing surveys monitor employee mood and seek suggestions on initiatives that enhance work-life balance. Evaluation of the latest feedback has led to a company-wide "perks at work" discount scheme and the offer of external financial wellbeing planning services, because of fears brought about by the spiralling costs of energy, petrol and food.
My Company

95% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The pandemic accelerated digital engagement, including a new two-way interactive intranet that allows staff to communicate freely — and anonymously, if necessary — throughout the structure. It remains a valuable asset, and staff continue to share ideas, raise concerns or praise co-workers, so that action can be taken.
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81% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

In the past year, an employee appreciation scheme has been launched. Any team member is eligible for an award, regardless of length of service. Access Action Stars is a monthly honour that is awarded to 10 staff who have been nominated by colleagues for having gone beyond the call of duty.
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77% of staff agreed

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

Quarterly anonymous wellbeing surveys monitor employee mood and seek suggestions on initiatives that enhance work-life balance. Evaluation of the latest feedback has led to a company-wide "perks at work" discount scheme and the offer of external financial wellbeing planning services, because of fears brought about by the spiralling costs of energy, petrol and food.
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95% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The pandemic accelerated digital engagement, including a new two-way interactive intranet that allows staff to communicate freely — and anonymously, if necessary — throughout the structure. It remains a valuable asset, and staff continue to share ideas, raise concerns or praise co-workers, so that action can be taken.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1975
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
40% : 60%
Male : Female employee ratio
5%
Employees earning £35k+
15%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Our employees remain the single biggest asset in delivering our charitable aims. By continuing to strengthen engagement, we attract and retain the best workforce possible to assist with delivering our services. Our continued success in community assistance would not be possible without our growing invested team.

Emma Ratzer MBE, Chief Executive Officer

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