Octavia Housing

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http://www.octaviahousing.org.uk

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OCTAVIA HOUSING SET up its own charitable foundation which runs an employment and training programme, 21 charity shops, and gives advice on money and debt. The group covers west and central London and the 285 staff, almost three-quarters of whom are women, feel that Octavia encourages charitable activities (82% positive) and makes it easy to be eco-friendly (72%). Both scores are in the top 20 among mid-sized organisations. An employee assistance programme and free fruit are provided to workers, who say the job does not interfere with their duties at home (72%). They do not feel under so much pressure at work that they are unable to concentrate (67%). www.octaviahousing.org.uk

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Octavia Housing set up Octavia Foundation - an independent charity which has been running for many years. The aim of the Foundation is to improve the lives of individuals and communities where Octavia Housing operates. The Foundation operates numerous projects and grant programmes that help to meet one of 5 aims: to engage with young people and children i.e. through award winning media projects, to help with training and jobs i.e. they run an in-house employment and training programme, to involve the community i.e. organise a community festival and Christmas parties for the elderly, to advise on money and debt providing debt advice workshops and welfare benefits advice and support. The Foundation also operates 21 charity shops across London, which takes on volunteers and funds the projects of the charity.

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Octavia Housing set up Octavia Foundation - an independent charity which has been running for many years. The aim of the Foundation is to improve the lives of individuals and communities where Octavia Housing operates. The Foundation operates numerous projects and grant programmes that help to meet one of 5 aims: to engage with young people and children i.e. through award winning media projects, to help with training and jobs i.e. they run an in-house employment and training programme, to involve the community i.e. organise a community festival and Christmas parties for the elderly, to advise on money and debt providing debt advice workshops and welfare benefits advice and support. The Foundation also operates 21 charity shops across London, which takes on volunteers and funds the projects of the charity.

My Manager

80% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The leadership programme is a very significant move to develop the Directors group and the senior management team. This commenced in May 2011 and is scheduled for completion in April 2012. Broadly, it started with the organisation's vision to ‘create an organisation that tenants really value', provide workshops which have been considering how to live the vision and has included for the first time at Octavia, training on and setting up Action Learning Sets for all participants. Other areas being covered include exploring ways in which to unlock passion, enthusiasm and energy and identifying ways to develop the skills to make it happen. All participants have developed plans for individual projects which they will lead and which are scheduled for completion by April 2012. These should all add value to the organisation but the key objective is to develop leadership skills in tandem with external coaching, which is available from our external facilitator and coach.

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Employees earning £35k+
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