The Big Life group

We aim to fight inequality by working with people and places to create opportunities and inspire change.
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http://www.thebiglifegroup.com

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Big Life is showcasing its commitment to the community and its employees alike during the pandemic. The organisation, which creates opportunities for people who have the least, set up a food bank to provide a weekly ‘shop' to local people. Food parcels containing the equivalent of 28,900 meals were dropped off at 141 homes. Hot meals were delivered to those who were shielding, an ‘anti food waste' project diverted over 13 tonnes of food from landfill to local people and 144 children benefited from a Christmas food and toy appeal.

Big Life firmly believes that its 500-plus staff, who provide services covering health and wellbeing, skills and employment and children and families across the north of England, are more than just job titles. To underline this, the organisation reviewed and extended its wellbeing services to take into account the needs of those who were working from home, furloughed, caring for others or bereaved. A staff forum encouraged people to keep in touch informally, mindfulness and yoga sessions were made available online and furloughed staff could attend virtual lunches. Away from the pandemic, the forum and Big Life's fortnightly e-bulletin provided space for staff to converse about the Black Lives Matter movement. Staff with lived experience took part in a webinar and BAME employees were offered support.

Throughout the past year, Big Life's five values have been constantly at the fore: never give up; tread new ground; first class; people are not problems and finally, working in partnership.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

85% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The Confident Manager training programme is a unique six-month course for new managers. Run online during the pandemic, this ‘really informative and enjoyable' course covers management style; recruitment; employment law; dealing with conflict; risk management; and demonstrating the groups' values when applying policies.

Leadership

91% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

More than 320 staff tuned into the annual staff awards. The audience was posted party packs, complete with takeaway vouchers, ahead of the virtual event. Fay Selvan, Big Life's CEO, hosted the ceremony and then hand-delivered trophies directly to winners' doorsteps.

My Company

90% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Big Life created a vaccination campaign to dispel myths about the Covid vaccine. This featured a video in which staff shared their experiences of having the virus – and of having the jab. Staff judged to be at high-risk of coronavirus were asked to work from home, even after lockdown eased.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1991
Total number of employees
18
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
22% : 78%
Male : Female employee ratio
9%
Employees earning £35k+
8%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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