Why You Should Work With SPEAR
SPEAR prides itself on the work it does and the amazing and motivated staff team it employs. If you are thinking about applying for a role with SPEAR, this page should supply you with all the information you need to decide whether SPEAR is the place for you.
1.The ability to change the lives of some of the most marginalised people in our society
SPEAR strives to change for the better the lives of those who experience homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness. We provide services with the simple aim that every single person we work with finds and keeps a home. Working for SPEAR gives you (whatever your role is) the tools to truly change the lives of the people we work with – and to see the results of your input.
2. SPEAR’s reputation
SPEAR has an excellent reputation for providing services that truly make a difference to some of the most marginalised people in our society. You will be working alongside experienced professionals who understand the inputs needed to bring about such positive change. We attempt to unlock the potential in everyone we work with and will encourage you to do so too.
We were awarded the “Best Charity” Award in 2012’s Richmond Business Awards, and we have recently worked with Shelter, Crisis, St Mungo’s Broadway and the Berkeley Foundation to produce “Rethinking Homelessness”. SPEAR’s quality of work is highlighted by our gaining of the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Qualification and we are constantly working towards a high, quality standard of work.
3. SPEAR’s commitment to staff
SPEAR is committed to developing the skills and abilities of the people we work with, illustrated by the implementation of our new Learning and Development Policy. All new staff undertake a range of mandatory training within their first 3 months and all staff are given on-going and refresher training appropriate to their roles. Further training and personal development ideas are regularly discussed in supervision sessions and we encourage staff to undertake formal or accredited training.
4. Terms and conditions
SPEAR offers competitive salaries that are comparable – and often better – than other agencies in our sector. All staff start with 26 days holiday per year and this rises up to 31 with length of service. We offer maternity and paternity leave (as well as other leave) beyond the statutory minimum, to ensure that you maintain a good work-life balance. Staff will be automatically enrolled into a pension scheme after three months of service and offered a wide range of staff benefits. These include access to our Childcare Voucher scheme, allowances for work-related travel, cycle to work schemes and staff mindfulness sessions. All staff have access to free, confidential counselling (up to six sessions per year) as well as the opportunity for flexible working hours to fit around caring responsibilities and your circumstances.
5. The People
In our annual staff satisfaction survey, we ask staff what the best thing about working for SPEAR is and all of them say each other! We pride ourselves on developing a culture in which staff meet regularly and communication is free across the organisation. We have team meetings which all staff attend (and contribute to) as well regular social activities. We offer an induction which ensures that new staff tour all the other services and meet the majority of people within the organisation. We also regularly bring both staff and service users together to make decisions which affect the services we offer. Working for SPEAR you truly are part of the team.