bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has gone back to its roots to teach local school children about the importance of being a good neighbour.
Teachers from Meadows First School, on Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, contacted the housing provider to organise a joint project, which saw bdht representatives dropping into school to talk to children and taking them out and about into their community to see the negative effects of issues such as fly-tipping and graffiti.
‘The World We Live In’ project aims to teach Year 4 children the importance of supporting vulnerable members of society and helping to ensure that our neighbourhoods are clean and safe.
The project took place between 25th February and 4th March and bdht Communities First and Sheltered Living officers worked with over 60 children from the school to support their current class curriculum on citizenship.
Hannah Ross, Sheltered Living Manager at bdht, said: “We really enjoyed working with the children from Meadows First School; they were enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy learning about the value of being a good neighbour. The children learned about the need to look after vulnerable members of society by visiting some of our elderly residents in Shenstone Court and talking to them. We also talked about why acts such as fly-tipping and graffiti are wrong and discussed ways in which they could help their community.
“We’re always happy to work with local schools to educate children about the negative effects of anti-social behavior. At bdht we aim to offer decent homes and neighbourhoods to our residents and we hope that by educating these youngsters we can help the next generation to uphold these values.”
Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator at Meadows First School, Sara Date, said: “The children really enjoyed the project and it supported the work they are currently doing on British values, which includes learning about the local community and their responsibilities within it. We are very grateful to bdht for helping with the project.”
If you are a local school that would like to discuss working with bdht, contact Hannah Ross on 01527 557557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
bdht hit the top five for the second year running in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing and one of the town’s biggest employers, is celebrating being ranked in fifth place in The Sunday Times Best Not for Profit Companies to work for, as well as winning the Innovation in Engagement Practice award on the night.
The rankings and awards are decided by The Sunday Times and the poll, which looks at the best companies to work for across the UK, is based entirely on employee feedback in areas such as leadership, wellbeing, personal growth and how happy the workforce is. It also identifies how employees contribute to their company’s success and growth, which in turn sets a benchmark for other employers.
The social housing provider began in the competition at 88th in 2011, moving up to 44th in 2012, catapulting into the top ten in 2013, in ninth position, and then finishing in the top five for two consecutive years, even winning a number of individual awards, including Best for Learning and Development and Best for Wellbeing in 2014 and an award for Innovation in Engagement Practice this year.
bdht performed particularly well in a number of areas, including finishing in third place in the Personal Growth category, which assesses how stretched and challenged employees feel. It also came in fourth place in the My Company category, which gauges staff feelings about the company they work for as opposed to the people they work with and fifth in Wellbeing, which measures how staff feel about stress, pressure and work-life balance.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the company does not offer a bonus scheme, so employee satisfaction is based purely on enjoying the job they do and feeling valued for it, which makes the award even more significant.
Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht, said: “We have consistently done well in the competition and are really pleased to have made it into the top five again this year against such stiff competition. With over 200 entries received, it’s such an achievement to be recognised in this acclaimed national award and we are so proud that our employees rate us so highly. Knowing that this award is based entirely on employee feedback makes it even more special.
“It is essential to us, as one of the largest employers in Bromsgrove and provider of such an important local service, to give our employees a secure, positive, professional and empowering environment to work in. It’s well proven that when staff are happy, results coincide with the business performing well. bdht has a strong focus on integrity in the workplace; it is a value-driven organisation where people want to work and are happy in their roles.
“The best thing for me as a chief executive is that 99% of employees say they are proud to work for bdht, with 97% confirming that bdht is constantly trying to improve its service to our customers and 89% seeing themselves having a positive future with the organisation.
“This gives us a great foundation to continue the good work and improve as a business to give our employees even more opportunity to develop and learn and our customers good reliable services.
“Our bi-annual resident satisfaction survey also consistently shows the benefits to customers, with this year’s results showing 92% overall satisfaction with the services bdht provides.”
The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For lists are compiled based on research from the largest survey of its kind.
bdht and Charford first school join forces to create a moving masterpiece
Artists of the future have been busy putting crayon to paper as part of a competition organised by bdht (Bromsgrove District Housing Trust) to bring its van livery to life with a series of moving masterpieces!
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, asked pupils at Charford First School to create some of their own artwork to give its vans a personalised look. It wanted to involve the local community in this latest project to help demonstrate the importance of family and home and the children really worked hard to express that, with some amazing illustrations of their family and how they live.
Over 70 children from year two (now in year three) entered the competition, and the winners were voted for by bdht staff who shortlisted the final 20 designs, as well as choosing first, second and third place winners Lily, Holly and Isabelle. Their masterpieces have been added to the back of the vans and will be seen driving around the Bromsgrove District from this week*.
For taking part in this initiative, bdht has given Charford First School a contribution towards arts and crafts materials, 17 children each received £10 book vouchers and the top three children each received a £20 book voucher to further help flourish their artistic talents.
Anita McLaren, headteacher at Charford First School, said: “We were delighted to be involved in this project. It is important that the children feel proud of their community, and they will be extremely proud seeing their artwork being driven around Bromsgrove. I wouldn’t mind being stuck in a traffic jam behind one of these vans! They’re amazing.”
Mike Brown, CEO at bdht, said: “Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci had nothing on these children! They have shown such ability at such an early age and our vans will have their designs displayed. We hope people will see them driving around Bromsgrove over the coming weeks!”
* Vans will be completed by Thursday 30th October 2014