Silva Homes

We’re a not-for-profit housing association managing over 6,500 rented properties, 1,000 shared ownership properties and 2,500 garages in south-east England.
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Each week during the pandemic, more than 20 Silva Homes' staff made 200 calls to customers who were living in isolation, to check up on them and have a friendly chat.

The housing association owns and manages the homes of 14,000 people in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Silva Homes was founded in 2007 to help tackle the housing crisis in the south east by providing homes for people who could not afford to buy or rent in the private sector. Silva's purpose is to improve lives, by providing the stability of a home and offering supporting communities.

The association's vision is to be trusted for the quality of its homes and the services it provides. Rather than relying on members of the business to judge their own success, it instead asks others how well they trust it.

In 2018, Silva embarked on a transformation programme that saw it change its name from Bracknell Forest Homes, to reflects its wider area of operation, launch a range of digital tools for customers, to make it easier for them to access its services, and undergo a business restructuring to centre its customers at the heart.

During this transformation, Silva's colleague culture became stronger and is now fundamental to the success of the business. The association's 230 colleagues are accountable, creative and engaged, and these values are embedded into every aspect of planning, resourcing and decision-making within the business.

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My Company

67% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

During the pandemic, the executive board supported staff working at home by backing three key initiatives: staying informed about the business, keeping in touch with each other and being recognised for personal achievements.

Wellbeing

72% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The business created a wellbeing information pack, which contains practical advice to help colleagues manage all aspects of their health. It also gave each colleague £50 to spend on their own or their family's wellbeing and will be introducing a £150 annual wellbeing allowance.

Giving Something Back

60% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Silva Homes manages a six-acre community garden. It provides an environment to grow produce and engage in activities to support biodiversity and the natural environment. The garden features an orchard, vineyard, polytunnel and three acres of cultivated ground. There are plans for a sensory garden.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2008
Total number of employees
10
Number of UK locations
43
Employee average age
48% : 52%
Male : Female employee ratio
23%
Employees earning £35k+
13%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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