Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Transforming Neighbourhoods, Homes & Services to Improve the quality of life for our customers.
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http://www.wvht.co.uk

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Weaver Vale Housing Trust is a large-scale voluntary transfer housing association, formed in July 2002, operating in Cheshire. It owns over 6,200 homes, plus garages, shops and community play areas, and places its people at the heart of all it does by investing in its employees, assets, services and communities. All new homes are built to high standards of energy efficiency, with many schemes incl. renewable power sources such as PV panels and 10% biodiversity gains being specified across sites.

Last year saw the launch of the association's environmental action plan, which is designed to achieve net zero carbon. It features plans for both colleagues and customers and the focus for the next five years includes carbon literacy training for all, a full electric fleet by 2026 and all new homes built to use only green energy.

Weaver Vale has a caring and family-orientated culture. Microsoft Teams was introduced pre-pandemic, but has evolved to now become a central communication platform. All teams have their own channels, with project groups and forums also establishing their own channels.

The organisation has also seen the development of informal channels, for instance a book club and running group have been established, allowing for the "water cooler chat" to go online and thrive. All-colleague chats and channels are becoming increasingly popular and the trust is exploring further opportunities alongside its intranet.

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Personal Growth

86% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Mandatory training and a corporate induction scheme for all new starters includes equality and diversity, safeguarding, domestic abuse and data protection training. All modules are delivered using Microsoft Teams. An online booking and record-keeping system ensures nobody falls behind — essential if people are to perform their roles safely.
My Manager

95% of staff agreed

My manager cares about me as an individual

Regular check-ins with line managers have been essential to discuss and agree work priorities and to provide support to colleagues, given the challenges they may have faced at home and in work. If difficulties have been identified, referrals have been made to the employee assistance programme to enable colleagues to receive free counselling.
Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The housing trust prides itself on its "giving something back" activities and has raised £25,000 for its chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, since 2019. Colleagues also took part in a virtual walk, the Wales Coastal Path challenge, creating fun and healthy competition between teams.
Personal Growth
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86% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Mandatory training and a corporate induction scheme for all new starters includes equality and diversity, safeguarding, domestic abuse and data protection training. All modules are delivered using Microsoft Teams. An online booking and record-keeping system ensures nobody falls behind — essential if people are to perform their roles safely.
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95% of staff agreed

My manager cares about me as an individual

Regular check-ins with line managers have been essential to discuss and agree work priorities and to provide support to colleagues, given the challenges they may have faced at home and in work. If difficulties have been identified, referrals have been made to the employee assistance programme to enable colleagues to receive free counselling.
Giving Something Back
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98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The housing trust prides itself on its "giving something back" activities and has raised £25,000 for its chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, since 2019. Colleagues also took part in a virtual walk, the Wales Coastal Path challenge, creating fun and healthy competition between teams.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2002
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
52% : 48%
Male : Female employee ratio
27%
Employees earning £35k+
5%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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After a year like no other, employee engagement continues to be an essential element of the Trust. Both seeking out what colleagues are thinking and feeling, as well as helping to shape and enhance their changing needs and expectations. Groups, such as Giving Something Back and so many individuals have contributed to keeping the culture rich and engaging that has been such a part of our success over the past year. Wayne Gales, Chief Executive

Wayne Gales, CEO - Weaver Vale Housing Trust

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