Lancashire housing provider receives national acclaim

Community Gateway Association celebrate being named as one of the best organisations to work for in the country.
Community Gateway Association celebrate being named as one of the best organisations to work for in the country.
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A Lancashire-based housing provider is celebrating being named as one of the best organisations to work for in the country.

The Preston based social landlord organisation Community Gateway Association was ranked as the fourth best not-for-profit employer by national workplace engagement body Best Companies.

Delighted: Diane Bellinger

Delighted: Diane Bellinger

CGA achieved a 3 star “extraordinary” rating after colleagues took part in a confidential survey which is designed to measure employee engagement.

The organisation celebrates its 10th birthday this year and Diane Bellinger, chief executive of CGA, was overjoyed that after recent changes the organisation’s 260 staff are still happy.

She said: “Community Gateway Association has gone through a tremendous amount of change over the last two years, bringing services in house and expanding our teams so we can provide an excellent service to our customers.

“I’m delighted that through all of this change that our staff still feel valued, appreciated, part of ‘Team Purple’ and that staff morale remains high.”

The award from Best Companies comes hot on the heels of a national Housing Innovation Award for Most Innovative Training Programme for the CGA “Purple Pathways” development programme.

Diane said: “With Purple Pathways we finance and support learning that enhances career potential and provides personal growth to all staff, volunteers and tenants and provides opportunities for training, learning and development for both professional and personal objectives.

“The whole ethos of learning at Gateway means we are serious about providing learning opportunities to all of our staff, volunteers and tenants.”