Staff accommodation changes at Young Epilepsy
Plans to revamp and update staff accommodation, along with changes to the way it is allocated, will help with future recruitment, Young Epilepsy said today.
The charity employs over 700 staff in a wide range of roles and around 170 live on campus.
Houses, flats and the staff hostel on Young Epilepsy's campus will be modernised and redecorated over the next few years and some reallocated to attract more support staff to work with the students.
Around 20 staff at senior grades are being asked to move off campus over the next year to free up accommodation for these new support staff from 2009 onwards.
The 150 other staff living on site will have rent rises over the next few years to bring them more in line with local rent levels and to contribute to the cost of refurbishment.
Most staff – 570 out of 700 – are unaffected by the changes as they live elsewhere in the local area.
David Ford, Young Epilepsy’s Chief Executive, said:
These changes mean we will be better able to meet the complex needs of our students, many of whom need intensive staff support, over the next five years.
Accommodation is a key factor in attracting new care staff to work in this area, with its high housing costs.
We also want to provide better quality accommodation – some of our staff houses and flats need considerable improvements and our refurbishment programme will make them much better places in which to live.
Young Epilepsy’s Trustees and Executive Team have thought very hard indeed about these changes, which involved difficult decisions.
We are conscious of the adverse impact on some current staff but had to balance this with the needs of the students and the organisation as a whole over the next few years.
These changes are designed to provide the maximum use of our limited staff accommodation in a way that is beneficial to Young Epilepsy in attracting and retaining staff, and that is fair to all staff whether they use the onsite accommodation or not.
New staff will be provided with campus accommodation, which will initially be subsidised, for a maximum of five years.