Golden Lane Housing

Working with people who have a learning disability to provide supported housing around which they can build their lives.

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While Covid restrictions limited how much volunteering staff at Golden Lane Housing could do, they did whatever they could from litter picking and delivering essential supplies to vulnerable people in the community to completing garden makeovers so tenants could sit outside in the nice weather during lockdown.

Golden Lane Housing works with adults with learning disabilities providing supported housing around which they can build their lives. It was established as an independent charity by Mencap in 1998 to help tackle the immense challenges that people with a learning disability face in finding a home.

Since its inception GLH has invested more than £108 million transforming the lives of over 1,940 people with a wide range of needs in more than 940 properties across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Manchester-based medium-size charity, which houses more than 100 people every year, also provides specialist landlord services to tenants and campaigns on issues including funding for housing, welfare reform and housing-related benefits.

Staff are driven by their passion to make a difference and the organisation's values which include being inclusive, caring and positive.

Chief executive, John Verge, holds a monthly catch-up with the workforce, answering any questions and celebrating personal events from birthdays to maternity leave and retirement. Verge led a cook-along during the pandemic and has taken part in monthly virtual quizzes and he gifted staff a £15 M&S voucher to thank them for their contribution. 20 mental health first aiders support wellbeing as do social activities including Christmas parties.

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My Manager

94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

GLH provides management development through the ILM programme for Leadership and Management as well as degree level apprenticeships. Managers have received regular coaching sessions with their line managers on different ways of working and how they can support their teams through the pandemic.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The Colleague Engagement Committee organised a virtual Colleague Day where employees were sent a box of goodies including biscuits, chocolates, tea, coffee, quiz information and the plan of the day which included leaving the house to go for a walk and sharing phots of their local area.

Personal Growth

96% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Employee development has continued throughout the pandemic through a variety of methods including virtual learning, face-to-face training when required and e-learning courses that employees undertake at their own pace. These have included a university Master's course, mental health first aid, compliance and risk management training as well as webinars.

Benefits

Maternity

Companies offering at least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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