Forum Housing Association

http://www.forumhousing.co.uk

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

#
21
Best Company to work for in the UK
th
Best Company
to work for

IN THE 1960s, shocked by how many single mothers were homeless, Nina Corcoran, a church social worker, got together a group of Christians to buy a house to put a roof over the women's heads. Forum Housing Association now provides supported accommodation to young people aged between 16 and 25 across the Wirral, Sefton and Cheshire. In addition to its role as a social landlord, the organisation offers accredited learning, social behaviour coaching and family mediation to 400 people a week. The organisation is run on sound moral principles, staff say (an 89% positive score). Chris Allen, the chief executive, keeps her office door open and knows employees personally. She holds a vision and values session with all new employees and runs motivational events designed to bring staff together for updates on business issues and her plans, which the workforce believe in (86%). Senior managers model the organisation's values which include positivity, patience and understanding (80%), contributing to Forum's sixth place among small organisations for Leadership. All 116 employees are encouraged to be “culture carriers” and those demonstrating the organisation's philosophy most are celebrated at a prizegiving held during the annual Nina Corcoran memorial dinner, to which all staff are invited. A special award is also presented to the person who has demonstrated the greatest willingness to learn through their job, education or training. Last year 13 frontline staff took an accredited course on affordable warmth and fuel poverty, enabling them to offer practical advice and support to service users. Development opportunities include funding for work-related qualifications, coaching and mentoring, management development and knowledge sharing. Forum has allowed one staff member to compress their hours on a temporary basis to complete a course, and let another complete a degree. Managers are good listeners (79%) and motivate staff to give their best every day (74%). Consequently, employees, half of whom have been on the payroll for at least a decade, believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation (88%). www.forumhousing.co.uk

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

89% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The Association holds an annual dinner and all staff are invited to this. It is paid for by the Association and during the evening staff are rewarded with a certificate and financial reward for the five different categories relating to the Association's values. During the evening a special award 'Learner of the Year Award' is presented to an employee who has demonstrated a willingness to learn whether this be through their job, education or training.

Giving Something Back

69% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Christine Allen, the CEO is a truly inspiring leader who takes the time to get to know all her staff team on a personal level. It is true to say that staff know she genuinely cares and has an interest in what is happening in their families. Chris operates with an open door policy and staff know they can access her should they need to. Chris is very keen for all staff to develop their learning and encourages staff to develop their talents and expand their knowledge. Staff have confidence in the leadership skills of Chris and acknowledge that she steers the 'Forum Ship' allowing them to give their best everyday. In May 2013 Chris received a British Empire Medal in recognition of her tireless work across a wide range of communities.

Leadership

86% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Christine Allen, the CEO is a truly inspiring leader who takes the time to get to know all her staff team on a personal level. It is true to say that staff know she genuinely cares and has an interest in what is happening in their families. Chris operates with an open door policy and staff know they can access her should they need to. Chris is very keen for all staff to develop their learning and encourages staff to develop their talents and expand their knowledge. Staff have confidence in the leadership skills of Chris and acknowledge that she steers the 'Forum Ship' allowing them to give their best everyday. In May 2013 Chris received a British Empire Medal in recognition of her tireless work across a wide range of communities.

Benefits

Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

List Positions

National Ranking
#
21
Best Small Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
21
Best Mid-Sized Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
21
Best Large Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
21
Best Big Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
21
Best NFP Organisations to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
Best Companies to work for in the UK
London
#
Best Small Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Mid Sized Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Large Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Big Companies to work for in London
The Midlands
#
Best Companies to work for in the Midlands
East of England
#
Best Companies to work for in the East of England
The North East
#
Best Companies to work for in the North East
The North West
#
Best Companies to work for in the North West
Northern Ireland
#
Best Companies to work for in Northern Ireland
Scotland
#
Best Companies to work for in Scotland
The South East
#
Best Companies to work for in the South East
The South West
#
Best Companies to work for in the South West
Wales
#
Best Companies to work for in the Wales
Yorkshire & The Humber
#
Best Companies to work for in Yorkshire & The Humber