Access Community Trust

We promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing, relieving, and assisting people from becoming socially excluded.
http://www.accessct.org

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Best Company to work for in the UK
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Access Community Trust's vital services for vulnerable people and communities did not stop during the pandemic, so the charity took special steps to protect and support its workforce.

The rotas of front-line staff were cut by 40% while their pay was kept at 100%. Meals were delivered to workers who had to self-isolate, and help offered with shopping. Staff were offered PPE for their families as well as themselves and the trust's internal wellbeing services were fully opened up to their families too.

The Lowestoft-based charity moved fast to ease the concerns of those working from home and on furlough. For example, treat parcels were sent to staff whose families were suffering financially because of Covid-19. A company healthcare scheme was introduced in August.

The Chief Executive posted daily video messages, under the title “Let distance unite us”, to keep the whole team updated. Access has more than 160 staff providing services for excluded and vulnerable people, including accommodation, mental health support and employment in its community cafes.

Because of Covid, the charity adopted a roadshow approach to its usual staff engagement day. Over a week, senior management met small groups in a variety of fun locations, such as the local zoo.

The most popular venue was an outdoor learning centre, where the day started with team-building exercises such as making and lighting a bonfire without matches, and managers led presentations on topics such as safeguarding updates. Staff were provided with lunches to cook on the bonfire.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

90% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Access has a “Growing Our Own” management development programme. The six-month course is designed to enhance employees' management skills. The best performer on each course receives a prize worth up to £200 and a £500 training budget for the following year.

My Company

93% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The trust has introduced a sabbatical policy that rewards long-serving employees with a month of paid time off. This can be used for a variety of purposes, such as to pursue a hobby, complete further education or travel. Employees become eligible after completing five years' service.

Giving Something Back

99% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The charity's community cafes were used to provide more than 20,000 meals for vulnerable people during the pandemic. It also created a free meal kit delivery service for struggling households, called pinkorange.co.uk, which encouraged more than 12,000 children to cook for their families last year.

Benefits

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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