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When you become part of Big Life - as a staff or volunteer - we want you to feel great about your time with us.
Every year, we carry out a staff survey to find out what staff feel about working for us, what they love about us, and where we could do better. And it’s not just about the numbers – we’ve also asked staff about their Big Life experience in their own words.
In 2017-18, more than 450 people gave some time, skills and energy to make a difference to the people who use our services. Everyone who volunteers for us does so for their own reasons – some want to gain experience and get into work, some see an opportunity to meet people and build new connections, and others just want to give something back and support people who need it most. Whatever your reasons, if you volunteer with us, you’ll have a volunteer coordinator, who’ll work with you to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience.
Every year, we hold a celebration event to say ‘thank you’ to our amazing volunteers. At the 2018 event, held in Manchester’s Hotel Football, we asked a selection of guests what they made of their time with Big Life.
It’s important to us that staff feel great while they work here. That partly comes from a supportive, flexible approach to managing and nurturing our staff, but also from a wide range of perks, schemes and support, which help make being part of Big Life a bit brighter:
Coming to Big Life to work or volunteer can be just the start of your journey. We really believe that if people have the values, the determination and the skills to progress, then we’ll do everything we can to make that happen.
Every year, staff are invited to attend the Big Life Staff Awards – a free evening event with dinner, dancing and awards for those members of staff who have really shown our values or demonstrated the Big Life Way. Last year’s event was at the Gorton Monastery, Manchester, and saw more than 280 staff attend. Take a look at our 2017 winners below:
Like any organisation, it’s important that we keep track of both our gender pay gap and the ratio between the highest salary and the average amount our staff are paid.
To put that in context, on average across the 100 top FTSE companies, the highest earner earns 145 times as much as the average person. The average gender pay gap in the UK is 17.9%.
In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.
We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.
If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.
Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.