Stonewater

We’re a social housing provider, with a mission to deliver good quality, affordable homes to people who need them most.
http://www.stonewater.org

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“No meetings at lunchtime” was the golden rule introduced by social housing provider Stonewater to ensure staff could grab the chance to take some exercise in daylight during lockdown. CEO Nicholas Harris took the lead from Stonewater's Leicester headquarters to encourage the team of 800 staff across England – 99% working from home – to take a breather.

Furloughed staff weren't left out either: they were sent a wellbeing toolkit and mental health first aiders raised their profile across the intranet site to highlight the support they could offer. With 32,500 homes in England for 70,000 residents, including supported living for older and vulnerable people and women's refuges, Stonewater's priority was to improve communication to keep the workforce up to date on developments. From informal coffee cup conversations to webinars and podcasts, team members and furloughed staff were encouraged to join the conversation on plans to fulfil Stonewater's vision to give people the opportunity to have a place that they can call home with an ambitious housebuilding programme.

It aims to build at least 1,500 new homes each year from 2022/23. In the past year, Stonewater's charity, Longleigh, has given out a record number of grants since it was set up in 2015, not only for struggling customers but also staff hit by unforeseen costs during the pandemic.

The new Employee Support Fund was managed directly by the charity so staff would not be required to disclose potentially distressing circumstances to colleagues.

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My Team

80% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Senior executives joined colleagues for Discover Stonewater, a programme of events introduced so people could learn something new and have fun. The results of a staff Bake Off as well as mass marmalade, mocktail and Christmas wreath-making were shared online – successful or otherwise.

Wellbeing

63% of staff agreed

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

An enhanced Cycle to Work scheme allowed Stonewater's employees to buy a bike during the pandemic to keep fit – even if they were working from home and largely didn't need to use it for their journey to the office.

Giving Something Back

75% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

In partnership with the Community Forest Trust, Stonewater plants five trees for every home it builds plus one for every home on a new development to offset its carbon footprint and create more enjoyable outdoor spaces for residents.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2015
Total number of employees
6
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
34% : 66%
Male : Female employee ratio
32%
Employees earning £35k+
10%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
“After a year like no other, I’m really proud that we’ve continued to be recognised as a very good company to work for. We’ve invested heavily into our colleagues with training and wellbeing support, making sure we employ people who are genuinely passionate about what they do and helping us to tackle the housing crisis.”

Nicholas Harris, CEO - Stonewater

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