Longhurst Group

We work as one team to improve the lives of our colleagues, customers and the communities we serve.
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https://www.longhurst-group.org.uk/

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Staff at housing association Longhurst Group proved to be great communicators when 800 of them signed up to the new internal channel, Workplace by Facebook, last year. Their keenness to share good news stories and best practice, as well as insights into their life away from work won the group an Institute of Internal Communication award for Best New Channel.

Many staff contribute regularly to the channel, promoting the great work being done across the organisation and sharing best practice.

Longhurst Group is one of the largest housing groups in the Midlands and East of England, covering an area from Birmingham to North Lincolnshire and South Cambridgeshire. It has a team of more than 1,200 people, covering more than 23,500 homes and offering a wide variety of care and support services. These include dementia care, learning disability services, young persons' supported accommodation, and assistive technology.

Guided by a shared set of core values, the group is committed to improving the lives of its colleagues, customers, and the communities it serves by focusing on improving health and wellbeing and economic resilience.

In 2021, Longhurst Group embraced a new way of working to help it do even more for its customers and staff. For its employees, it means they’re able to work more flexibly, enjoy a better work-life balance, and, as a result, work smarter together to provide the great homes and services that people need, where they’re needed most.

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My Company

82% of staff agreed

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

Living Our Values awards were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic to showcase excellent work and to reinforce behaviours and celebrate achievements that support the organisation's vision, purpose and values. Senior leaders also ran question-and-answer sessions about key topics and changes, along with informal virtual coffee catch-ups and quizzes.
My Manager

78% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Present and aspiring line managers are offered training through workshops that cover such themes as "leading and developing others" and "delivering the service". Other topics, such as "assertiveness and confidence" and "courageous conversations" are covered.
Giving Something Back

66% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Recycle Now Week, Grow Wild and Hedgehog Awareness are some of the campaigns run by the communications team. Prizes of bird boxes, hedgehog houses, and wildflower seeds encourage staff to take part. Online courses provide employees with basic environmental knowledge and understanding.
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82% of staff agreed

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

Living Our Values awards were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic to showcase excellent work and to reinforce behaviours and celebrate achievements that support the organisation's vision, purpose and values. Senior leaders also ran question-and-answer sessions about key topics and changes, along with informal virtual coffee catch-ups and quizzes.
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78% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Present and aspiring line managers are offered training through workshops that cover such themes as "leading and developing others" and "delivering the service". Other topics, such as "assertiveness and confidence" and "courageous conversations" are covered.
Giving Something Back
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66% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Recycle Now Week, Grow Wild and Hedgehog Awareness are some of the campaigns run by the communications team. Prizes of bird boxes, hedgehog houses, and wildflower seeds encourage staff to take part. Online courses provide employees with basic environmental knowledge and understanding.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
45
Employee average age
26% : 74%
Male : Female employee ratio
16%
Employees earning £35k+
15%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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At Longhurst Group, our people are at the heart of everything we do and so engaging with our colleagues is absolutely vital in helping us to understand how they feel about working here and our vision for the future. It helps us to identify what we’re doing well and anything we can improve to better support our fantastic team of colleagues and help them to deliver our vision to improve the lives of the people we serve.

Julie Doyle, Chief Executive - Longhurst Group

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