Why work for Sense?
Sense is a great organisation and we pride ourselves in making a positive difference to the lives of the people we support.
Our employees are vital to us and here are just some of the comments they gave us in response to our latest employee opinion survey, when they were asked – what’s the best thing about working for Sense?
“Working for an organisation that puts people first”
“The variety of the work, the recognition for the work done, knowing that it makes a difference to the lives of deafblind people”
“The team I work with and the level of engagement from senior and middle managers”
“The respect that we all have for each other”
“Sense has excellent training courses to assist staff in working in a person-centred way and there are opportunities to develop individual skills”
“Being trusted and respected”
Here in Sense we are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from genuine and talented people from all sections of the community who share the Sense’s values.
We have a positive attitude towards disabled people and that commitment is displayed through our Two Ticks symbol. This means that we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a job vacancy.
What benefits do we offer?
Sense employs a range of people across the UK who work in a variety of roles. So we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment.
We also offer a good range of employee benefits, these include:
Training & development
Sense has an exceptional induction, training and eLearning programme for all staff, some of which they can do before they start. We are also proud to offer our leadership development programme, ‘Growing Stronger Leaders Together’, to all our managers. Find out more about our professional development.
Employee assistance programme
Sense’s Employee assistance programme is available to all of our team members 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. This offers counselling support, health advice, personal legal advice and financial information as and when it’s needed.
Recognition and thanks
In addition to local recognition of staff’s achievements, three times a year staff and volunteers are able to nominate or be nominated for a Sense Award. Category winners of the three internal competitions are then invited to the annual Sense Awards gala lunch with the Chair of the Trustees and the Chief Executive where annual winners are recognised.
Health and wellbeing support
We offer access to health advice and support internally and through our occupational health providers website ‘Heath Matters’, as well as an enhanced sickness absence occupational sick pay scheme for those suffering from ill health.
Sense offers a childcare voucher scheme through ‘Computershare’, this can save you money through your national insurance and tax.
Flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies
A large number of roles within Sense are offered on a part-time basis and in addition to this, where we can, we also offer flexible working arrangements.
Generous annual leave entitlement
On joining Sense you’re entitled to 24 days annual leave plus your usual bank holidays, this rises to 26 days after five years’ service and 28 days after ten years.
There’s lots of opportunities to get further involved with Sense across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it doesn’t matter what area of the business you work in. We encourage people to be a ‘Member’ of Sense and get involved in volunteering including Sense Holidays or perhaps take part in one of our many fun fundraising events or arrange fundraising activities themselves.
In addition to the auto-enrolment pension, Sense also offers a contributory pension scheme in which Sense will match your contributions from 1% - 5%.
Employee opinions matter to us
It’s important to us that we hear what our staff think about working at Sense. We have a Staff Forum who meets with the CEO four times a year to discuss issues relevant to them and we also we run regular employee opinion surveys (You said – we did) so we can hear how we can make Sense a better place to work. Our dedicated ‘employee voice’ mail box provides another place for staff to post their views.
Through our partners BHSF we offer a number of discounts and we also have a deal with EE so that staff can get mobile phone discounts.
We operate a Sense lottery in partnership with Unity which gives staff an opportunity to win a cash prize as well as raise valuable money for Sense.
Please note that the benefits listed above are offered to those employed by Sense, not all of these are accessible by casual workers.
First published: Thursday 31 May 2012
Updated: Thursday 26 November 2015