Aspire Group

We blend commercial expertise with social purpose and revitalise communities by providing homes, training, employment and support.
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http://www.weareaspire.org

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Virtual coffee mornings, a Feel Good Campaign with small tokens of recognition including a time off pass and paid respite periods for staff who continued working during lockdown are just some of the initiatives that have kept spirits high at Aspire Group during the pandemic.

The Staffordshire-based not-for-profit group's charity, Realise, which provides essential education and employment support to young people also made a difference as the driving force behind a Covid support network set up to get support to those who needed it in local communities.

A culture of creativity, ambition and collaboration drives the organisation, which also includes Aspire Housing and apprenticeship specialists and social enterprise, PM Training.

The group provides around 9,000 homes across north Staffordshire and south and east Cheshire and its profits are reinvested in new homes and revitalising communities and in a comprehensive range of support services designed to transform lives.

The group demonstrates its commitment to its values by encouraging innovation, promoting cross-organisational working and being ambitious not just for the business but for the people it serves and its employees. So, while there is a traditional hierarchy, Aspire Group encourages staff to take ownership and responsibility, devolves decision-making and supports them to be the best version of themselves.

Aspire Group, which has introduced a special award to recognise staff's efforts during the pandemic, is moving away from fixed office bases to flexible workspaces, favouring a remote, home and mobile working model.

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Leadership

81% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

The Leadership Team has been producing weekly vlogs to keep staff updated and maintain visibility. A number of executive team Q+A sessions have been held and all leaders have regularly attended virtual team meetings, not only in their own teams but with others too.

Wellbeing

62% of staff agreed

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

Virtual exercise classes and 'tea breaks' have given staff the opportunity to come together to chat to people they don't often come into contact, helping them stay fit and socially connected. Flu vaccinations have also been provided for those who want them.

Giving Something Back

82% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The group's charity, Realise, has a programme of support for a wide range of projects worth approximately £300,000 a year and the Homeworks team has provided services throughout the pandemic to ensure neighbourhoods remained safe, clean and tidy, including removing several tonnes of fly-tipping.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of employees
6
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
55% : 45%
Male : Female employee ratio
18%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
“We're delighted to have improved our BCI score in what has been the most challenging of years. Our continued commitment to our People First approach has clearly been recognised by our colleagues and we look forward to working together to make improvements that will take us to even better things in the future."

Ian Gleave, Executive Director of Organisational Development - Aspire Group

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