New Charter Group

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GOING GREENER IS a key goal for this housing association. Based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, it joined a carbon literacy project to teach people about climate change and reduce the area's carbon footprint by 41% by 2020. Staff acknowledge that New Charter cares for the environment, scoring 77% positive, third among mid-size organisations. After a recent restructure and a reduction of the workforce from 1,035 to 894 people last year, chief executive Ian Munro is keen to ensure that staff continue to feel they can make a valuable contribution here (81%). Everybody gets a day off on their birthday and people are happy with their work/life balance (70%), thanks to flexible work patterns including staggered hours. The group sponsors four academy schools and is proud to be about “more than just housing”. New Charter has recruited 21 apprentices in the past year and is committed to attracting fresh talent through the training scheme. It also helps adults to become work-ready. Employees recognise that the organisation has a strong social conscience (79%). www.newcharter.co.uk

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69% of staff agreed

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

New Charter Group are committed to raising awareness of dementia within the community and have therefore adopted Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer's Society as their corporate charities. They have pledged to create as many new Dementia Friends as possible within their local communities by allowing any employee to attend a Dementia Friend awareness session during working time. This is achieved by enabling two colleagues to train as Dementia Friend Champions, allowing them to deliver awareness sessions and create new Dementia Friends. Every employee is entitled to an extra two days leave per year on top of their annual entitlement to give time back to working with charities or community initiatives of their choice. New Charter Group assist adults to help them become work ready and move them into secure paid employment or volunteering by delivering weekly work clubs. This enables New Charter to best support vulnerable individuals who are at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and/or people who are recovering from addiction. They deliver this employment support in partnership with the local authority's Adult and Community Learning Programme and The Lifeline Project. Lifeline colleagues and volunteers accompany customers to the work club, offering one to one help and support with CV writing, job seeking and overcoming multiple barriers into employment.

My Company

79% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

New Charter Group are committed to raising awareness of dementia within the community and have therefore adopted Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer's Society as their corporate charities. They have pledged to create as many new Dementia Friends as possible within their local communities by allowing any employee to attend a Dementia Friend awareness session during working time. This is achieved by enabling two colleagues to train as Dementia Friend Champions, allowing them to deliver awareness sessions and create new Dementia Friends. Every employee is entitled to an extra two days leave per year on top of their annual entitlement to give time back to working with charities or community initiatives of their choice. New Charter Group assist adults to help them become work ready and move them into secure paid employment or volunteering by delivering weekly work clubs. This enables New Charter to best support vulnerable individuals who are at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and/or people who are recovering from addiction. They deliver this employment support in partnership with the local authority's Adult and Community Learning Programme and The Lifeline Project. Lifeline colleagues and volunteers accompany customers to the work club, offering one to one help and support with CV writing, job seeking and overcoming multiple barriers into employment.

My Team

75% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

New Charter Group are committed to raising awareness of dementia within the community and have therefore adopted Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer's Society as their corporate charities. They have pledged to create as many new Dementia Friends as possible within their local communities by allowing any employee to attend a Dementia Friend awareness session during working time. This is achieved by enabling two colleagues to train as Dementia Friend Champions, allowing them to deliver awareness sessions and create new Dementia Friends. Every employee is entitled to an extra two days leave per year on top of their annual entitlement to give time back to working with charities or community initiatives of their choice. New Charter Group assist adults to help them become work ready and move them into secure paid employment or volunteering by delivering weekly work clubs. This enables New Charter to best support vulnerable individuals who are at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and/or people who are recovering from addiction. They deliver this employment support in partnership with the local authority's Adult and Community Learning Programme and The Lifeline Project. Lifeline colleagues and volunteers accompany customers to the work club, offering one to one help and support with CV writing, job seeking and overcoming multiple barriers into employment.

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