Southdown Housing Association Ltd

http://www.southdownhousing.org/

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VULNERABLE PEOPLE WHO use the services of Southdown Housing Association are at the heart of everything it does. Based in Lewes, East Sussex, the organisation employs 789 people who try to make a difference in communities it serves around Brighton and the south coast. As well as housing, staff provide support for those with mental illness and learning disabilities. Training for these roles is of great personal benefit to employees (a 72% positive score, ranking third among mid-size organisations). Staff trust that their managers would be quick to act if they showed signs of being under too much pressure (70%) and appreciate that their bosses regularly express appreciation when their team members do a good job (77%). Southdown's senior leaders take a hands-on role, explaining the housing association's values to new recruits and guiding training. Employees say the organisation is run along principled lines (78%) and that budget concerns do not overwhelm other priorities (68%). www.southdownhousing.org

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My Team

88% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

All Managers receive monthly supervision from their Manager, as supervision is a critical tool in developing and supporting Managers. Managers attend regular Managers' meetings, which have a learning/development feel as well as a business focus. Operational Managers also attend Managers' Days between one and four times a year depending on the division. Managers may be given/take on additional responsibilities to further develop skills. Managers can attend external conferences and training to meet identified needs and internal training. Southdown Housing arrange external or internal mentoring/coaching for Managers with identified needs and also provide one-to-one support internally to help them develop skills or deal with particular challenges. Each year the organisation identify the current needs for specific groups of Managers and provide a programme of input to meet these. The input may be provided by external or internal trainers. In 2015-16 this included input on facilitating reflective practice, the impact of trauma and promoting diversity post-Brexit. Community Services Managers participate in reflective practice sessions for Managers. All managers have 10 and 20 week probationary appraisals and then an annual Performance Development Review. In some operational contracts, contract monitoring measures the performance of managers with senior managers having a dashboard with outcome measures for each team. A monthly ‘Balanced scorecard' and other Quality and Performance monitoring processes/tools within Southdown track a variety of measures, which helps to identify issues for individual teams, their Managers and the Managers' development needs. Finally all teams have their own annual action plans for the Manager to implement, which are updated each quarter to note progress and are reviewed by a more Senior Manager.

My Company

86% of staff agreed

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

In addition to the support that Southdown provide to thousands of local vulnerable people, they also make additional and discretionary contributions. The organisation are accredited as a Disability Confident Employer and provide advice to other employers in promoting opportunities and providing support for employees who have a disability or other long-term health conditions. 21% of employees have a declared disability or a long-term health condition. Each year staff choose a charity to support together. In 2015 staff raised over £2,400 through a range of activities, including a live music event to support ‘Caring (therapeutic) Pets'. They have also been providing a food bank staff donation point for three years. For 2016 staff chose The Centrepoint Charity Relief Fund and have already donated over £1,000 from their fundraising. In East Sussex Southdown are providing free training to help local people who use mental health services and their carers so they can have their say and actively influence the services being provided. They are passionate about helping vulnerable people to overcome barriers that can prevent them from accessing work opportunities. As a specialist provider of supported employment and vocational advice they support over 1,200 people with mental health challenges each year to secure or retain paid work. Southdown are recognised as one of 14 ‘Centres of Excellence' in the UK by the Centre for Mental Health for delivering Individual Placement and Support employment services. They also provide a dedicated vocational support service for carers. Called Ambitions, the service works with carers to support them to identify and pursue their vocational aspirations.

My Manager

84% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

In addition to the support that Southdown provide to thousands of local vulnerable people, they also make additional and discretionary contributions. The organisation are accredited as a Disability Confident Employer and provide advice to other employers in promoting opportunities and providing support for employees who have a disability or other long-term health conditions. 21% of employees have a declared disability or a long-term health condition. Each year staff choose a charity to support together. In 2015 staff raised over £2,400 through a range of activities, including a live music event to support ‘Caring (therapeutic) Pets'. They have also been providing a food bank staff donation point for three years. For 2016 staff chose The Centrepoint Charity Relief Fund and have already donated over £1,000 from their fundraising. In East Sussex Southdown are providing free training to help local people who use mental health services and their carers so they can have their say and actively influence the services being provided. They are passionate about helping vulnerable people to overcome barriers that can prevent them from accessing work opportunities. As a specialist provider of supported employment and vocational advice they support over 1,200 people with mental health challenges each year to secure or retain paid work. Southdown are recognised as one of 14 ‘Centres of Excellence' in the UK by the Centre for Mental Health for delivering Individual Placement and Support employment services. They also provide a dedicated vocational support service for carers. Called Ambitions, the service works with carers to support them to identify and pursue their vocational aspirations.

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