Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Housing Association
  • Website:
  • UK locations:
    North East
  • Contact
    • Bowes Offices, Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, DH3 4AN

About Cestria Community Housing

What is it like to work for Cestria Community Housing

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
As part of their on-going commitment to developing their staff, and ensuring they have the right people to take the business forward, Cestria have created the Stepping into Management Programme for staff who have high performance in their current role along with the ambition and commitment to work towards their first managerial role. The objectives are: To improve internal succession by developing a pool of high potential individuals, to provide a structured, challenging and rewarding development opportunity that will help to develop some of the core skills, knowledge and experience required to be an effective manager. To further enrich the current performance of high performing members of staff a number of their staff are involved in the HDN Mentoring Programme. The Mentoring Programme offers the opportunity for staff members to access an external Mentor for one-to-one professional development support and to attend Mentoring Workshops focused on a variety of career development topics. . As well as the HDN mentoring programme they have also launched an Internal Mentoring Program for staff who would like to mentor or be mentored by existing Cestria staff members. All staff have been given the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight into a particular work area through job shadowing. Cestria are keen to support staff to develop skills and/or gain qualifications which contribute to the achievement of agreed personal and career goals. Recently, with the help of funding, 10 people gained a nationally recognised qualification.
Cestria are currently working towards the Better Health at Work Bronze level Award and staff have completed a health assessment questionnaire to indicate the areas that the company should focus on. This has highlighted that diet, alcohol use and fitness are the three main areas to concentrate on, and a programme of activities is being arranged to improve wellbeing in these areas, along with campaigns such as Stoptober, Dry January and Mental Health month.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Employees that go above and beyond the requirements of their role can be nominated at any time for recognition for the outstanding and excellent contribution that they have made to Cestria. The Excellence Zone is designed to reward typically small but appreciated efforts in the short term through a small tax-free award and should be an acknowledgement of the extra effort or contribution of an individual or team which goes beyond the ‘normal job’ and provide a ‘thank you’ gesture. The Excellence Zone is intended to be flexible and to provide employees with a way of rewarding other members of staff in a wide range of circumstances.

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  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

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  • Staff:


  • Average Age:


  • Male : Female:

    58% / 42%

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