Housing Association gives staff time off to do work in the community

Lee Bloomfield

A new initiative to enable staff to take paid time off to do voluntary work in the community has been launched by Manningham Housing Association.

The scheme is part of the association’s revised HR strategy which aims to broaden workplace experiences whilst benefitting the wider population in Bradford and Keighley.

Each team member has been invited to volunteer on a project or with a local charitable group for one day a quarter. Staff who are already engaged in community activities in a voluntary capacity will be able to do so in work time four days a year without it affecting their leave allocation.   

The Association’s Chief Executive Lee Bloomfield said it was important that MHA staff were able to get as close as possible to the communities they serve whilst enhancing their personal skills. “Our customers rely on us for more than bricks and mortar, and our team members are always keen to help those in need in any way they can.

“Serving alongside other volunteers and learning more about what they do is incredibly helpful. It deepens the knowledge of MHA staff and can make a tangible difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Bradford and Keighley.

“There is a wide range of projects to choose from including working in food banks, in charity shops or simply rolling up our sleeves in community clean-ups – I shall certainly be doing my bit too. Everyone taking part will prepare a short summary of what they have done and this will form part of the MHA annual report.”