Apart from our customers, our staff are our most important asset. We employ more than 600 dedicated people at our housing developments, area offices and in our head office. We’re also Investors in People accredited and are committed to becoming an Employer of Choice.
How to apply
You can apply for a position in one of two ways:
Print out the Application Form and once you’ve completed it post it back, in confidence, to the HR Department:
Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd,
95 McDonald Road,
Download the Application Form and fill it out electronically. Then, email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure your application is saved either as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.
We are an Equal Opportunities employer and we will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the post. Minimum criteria details are contained in the details of each position.
“Our volunteers make a tremendous difference and enrich the residents’ lives. They come along every week to the coffee morning and will also accompany residents out on their monthly outings and activities. Not only do they make the tea, they often bring along home baking, home-made jam, samosas and other delights.
Their presence gives the residents companionship and also gives them confidence if out on the Wee Red Bus on a day trip. This reduces isolation and loneliness.
As well as helping out, they enrich the residents’ lives by sharing their own stories and their life experiences. It’s magic!”
Louise Muir, the manager at St. Mary’s Gardens in Barrhead
Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do
We know that volunteering has many benefits for individuals who volunteer, the organisations to which they contribute and society as a whole. Loneliness has a profound impact on quality of life with serious implications for physical and mental health. We believe that every older person should have opportunities to make and maintain friends and connections so they can keep healthy and well balanced and enjoy life as much as possible – we believe that no-one should have no-one. Hanover (Scotland) wishes to assist our residents tackle social isolation as we believe that good physical and mental health, quality of life and the ability to live independently are closely linked.
The many positives outcomes of volunteering mean that volunteering truly is social inclusion in action. Volunteers will:
- Gain confidence: Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
- Make a difference: Volunteering can have a real and valuable effect on people, communities and society in general.
- Meet people: Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
- Be part of a community: Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
- Have fun: Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
Research has shown that volunteering not only enriches the lives of others, it can also improve physical and mental wellbeing. The data suggests that people who volunteered had their risk of dying reduced by as much as 22%.
People who volunteer benefit from various improvements in mental health. Those who gave up their time to help others were less likely to suffer from depression, plus they had higher levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing.
Many Hanover residents are themselves keen volunteers within their communities.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer with Hanover (Scotland) should contact Jim Brown the Volunteer Co-ordinator:
Our staff are one of our most important resources and play a pivotal role in ensuring our success. We want our staff to feel valued and to do this we offer a wide range of benefits:
Our salary levels are competitive and are measured by market comparison surveys.
We provide a generous annual leave allowance, which increases with length of service, plus public holiday entitlement.
Facility to ‘purchase’ additional annual leave
Additional annual leave can be requested by staff and ‘purchased’ through salary deductions over the leave year.
Head and area offices operate a flexitime scheme. This allows for flexible start and finish times out-with core working times and the ability to request flexi-leave.
We offer an occupational pension scheme to all eligible employees.
Generous Sick Pay
We offer generous company sick pay entitlements in excess of statutory sick pay.
A Career Break is available for staff with five years’ service or more, providing the opportunity for time away from work. Staff can apply for up to 12 months of unpaid leave for a variety of reasons including family and domestic issues, professional development and voluntary work.
Learning and Development
We recognise the importance of Learning and Development in helping staff reach their full potential and the significant contribution this makes to Hanover’s success. We are committed to developing our staff and actively promote and offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including studying for the qualifications required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.
Private Health Care
Senior staff are eligible to join a private healthcare scheme.
Where appropriate, we meet the costs of relocation for staff who need to move home in order to relocate to the new place of work to undertake their job.
Staff Awards Programme
In order to recognise and celebrate those who provide outstanding service or ‘go that extra mile’, we have an annual ‘Hanover Awards for Excellence’ celebration. Nominations are sought for individual and team awards with an award given to the winner of each category.
As part of the Government’s free transport plan, eligible staff pay a tax-free rental for a bike over a 12-month period. At the end of this time staff can purchase the bike for a market value fee, or return the bike paying a disposal fee.
Credit Union Membership
Staff can join the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation’s credit union and save flexibly through payroll deduction. The credit union offers benefits such as low-cost loans with flexible low-cost repayments and no hidden fees.
Employee Counselling Service
We offer a free, independent and confidential counselling service for staff and their immediate family members. This service operates a 24-hour helpline for advice, information and support on work-related and personal issues.
Eye Test Vouchers for VDU users and Contribution towards Glasses
We provide free eye test vouchers for VDU users and contribute £50 towards the cost of glasses where required for VDU use.
Interest-free Travel Loan
Staff can obtain travel loan for the purposes of buying a travel ticket for public transport. The cost of the loan is repaid through salary deductions and no tax or National Insurance contributions are paid on the loan amount.
Family Friendly Policies
We operate schemes to cover Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Parental Leave. Enhanced contractual maternity pay entitlements are provided based on length of service.
Long Service Awards
When staff reach milestone years of service we acknowledge the achievement with an award.
We understand that at various times staff may have domestic, community and other public commitments that affect their ability to undertake their work. In order to help in these situations we provide generous special leave provisions.
‘Tiny Noticeable Things Suggestion Scheme
We encourage our staff to make suggestions for improvements on any aspect of what we do.
Staff using registered or approved childcare can choose to exchange part of their salary for childcare vouchers which are tax and national insurance free, therefore gaining extra value from their pay packet each month.