Adactus Housing Group

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http://www.adactushousing.co.uk

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“GONE FISHING” SIGNS may be handy at Adactus Housing Group, where staff can apply for £100 from a healthy living fund — to pay for a fishing licence or other stress-busting activity. This wins the Leigh, Lancashire-based group of three affordable housing providers our special Innovation in Engagement award this year. Employees are able to balance work and life (77% positive, the top score among mid-size outfits) and feel healthy (79%). www.adactushousing.co.uk

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95% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Adactus has been awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, which was carried out independently by Health@Work and is endorsed by Public Health England. The company holds an annual Health and Wellbeing week, where employees are given the opportunity to attend events such as an Alcohol Awareness Bar, where each employee receives a free ‘mocktail' and is able to sample a selection of non-alcoholic beers and wines, all whilst learning about alcohol consumption. 14% of employees attended the last round of sessions. Developing Resilience Training is recommended for all employees, stress awareness is available for Managers to ensure they appreciate what the triggers and signs of stress might be and even Mental Health awareness training. Yoga courses have been arranged at main offices for all employees to attend, along with Chair Yoga sessions being promoted within work time. Gyms have been installed in the three main offices for all employees to use. Adactus have also introduced a Healthy Living Fund, which gives people the opportunity to apply for funding towards healthy living activities up to a maximum of £100 per annum. These activities might include things like a fishing licence, tennis lessons, gym membership, diet club subscription fees etc. In addition, an Annual Personal Performance Review process and one to one meetings are held regularly so employees can speak to their manager about any areas of concern and also eliminate stress where possible, further emphasising Adactus's commitment to employee wellbeing.

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94% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The Breathe Team are responsible for the Social Investment Fund 'breathe investment grants', or ‘BIG's', where funding is available to small scale community projects across all the neighbourhoods up to a maximum of £2000. Since the fund was introduced Adactus have supported over 750 community projects, totalling in excess of £800,000. This year the company has £225,000 available to bid for across the Adactus Group. Each project must demonstrate how it supports a specific theme and the applications are judged by Adactus residents through the Adactus500. The company's Environmental Budgets support a number of community projects, such as community gardens, allotments and biodiversity projects such as Bee Keeping. Adactus hold different dress down days within the company to support a range of charities. They have completed food bank collections and sponsored sporting events, such as the Wigan 10K and Born Survivor to raise money for an Employee's son who required a sports wheelchair. The company's giving nature is uncapped, with 30 packs being made up for a local school to deliver to another school in Sowetto and 300 shoeboxes being delivered to a Manchester homeless charity. Adactus's employability programme ‘Step Forward' is to support residents and their families into training, employment and learning. The company is engaged in a range of programmes to tackle worklessness both internally and with other providers for their general needs housing stock, hostels and supported housing. The Adactus Young Unemployed Persons Project, jobs clubs, gradate schemes, apprenticeships and a work experience programme all add to Adactus's continued commitment to getting people into employment, with the team taking referrals directly from residents and also from other departments.

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90% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Having recognised that due to their roles within the business 200 remote workers didn't have access to the company intranet, which contains employee news stories, events, interesting articles and topics, Adactus's marketing team developed a Newsletter which is now emailed to remote employees on a monthly basis. The company's Equality Street Team also meets regularly and is designed to champion equality and diversity within the business. They meet to agree events and to come up with innovative ideas to ensure people are aware of their responsibilities. The events mentioned have included a transgender person coming into the group to discuss their experiences of the process and how friends and colleagues can support them, holding a Cake Stall at the Guide Dogs Open Day, visits to a local Mosque, Coin Counting at Trafford Centre and tenants from projects making Aids Awareness ribbons to sell within the workforce Education packs for a school in Sowetto. To help promote their Equality Street Group and show their support of the LGBT community everyone took part in the Manchester Pride event this year. Adactus had a walking entry made up of 40 employees and their friends and family from across the organisation. To promote the event afterwards a video from the day was play at the CEO briefing sessions, which everyone within the company attends twice a year. Along with this Adactus have the CEO monthly newsletter, voice meetings, Senior Management lunches and employee lunches with the Senior Team. The Asset Management department has a lot of lone workers who the company likes to bring together as much as possible in the form of awaydays, so they can meet with their colleagues, share their experiences and receive communication and updates. The last one was fun based to try and ensure interaction between different trade groups. It even had a sports day theme, with people competing against one another in a range of events.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Pensions

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At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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