Our culture

Our employees say many things about why they love working with us, and the jobs they do. However, some things are said more often than others. These are the things that really show how we work, why we work and the difference we make. This is what you can expect to experience if you were to join our team!

Working with a great team

We have great people who love working together to deliver excellent work. Whether at a local service, in our international team, or in our support functions, what we all value is working within a great team. We support, encourage and inspire each other to make a difference for the people we support.

Making a difference

We offer employees the opportunity to make a difference to society and to do meaningful work on a daily basis. We believe disabled people should have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose and every day we support this to happen. This is why we work at Leonard Cheshire and we are proud of the difference we make.

Creating an environment of engagement

We are building a culture where each employee has a voice. We have rolled out a company-wide internal Facebook site, Workplace, on which employees can express opinions and share views. We also use other methods and forums to ensure that all employees have a chance to provide their insights, at a team and/or broader basis.

Diversity and inclusivity

Our approach

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees. Our diversity initiatives and strategies are designed to attract, develop and advance employees regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity.

Our distinctive approach to diversity is based on a belief that we each have a personal accountability for success in this area. We provide our people with training and tools to help increase their awareness and understanding of differences and why they matter, so their actions can contribute to our inclusive workplace culture.

Disability confident leader

We are an accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader. Disability Confident is a government campaign that works with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Guaranteed interview scheme

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application to demonstrate that you generally meet the level of competence required. You must also meet any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential.

Leonard Cheshire is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. To show this, we use the Disability Confident Leader Symbol awarded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

What do we mean by disability?

The Equality Act 2010 (Disability Discrimination Act 1995 for NI) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to do daily activities.

How do I apply?

If you qualify for the Guaranteed Interview Scheme and wish to participate in it, simply tick ‘yes’ to the relevant question in the personal details section when making your application.

We will try to provide access, equipment or other practical support during the recruitment process, to ensure that if you have a disability you can compete on equal terms with other applicants. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked what reasonable adjustments you will require, if any, to enable you to attend an interview.

In signing up to this scheme you are confirming that you consider yourself to have a disability as defined above.

Employee health and well-being

We are committed to providing an environment which is healthy, safe and supportive of our employees’ well-being needs.

Employee assistance programme

We offer employees an employee assistance programme that provides professional counselling for any issue, either face-to-face, by telephone or online via e-counselling. Employees also have access to financial and legal advice from qualified consultants, medical advice from registered nurses, and a wide range of wellbeing tools through the Health Gateway.

Health and Safety

We have a dedicated health, safety and environmental department that ensures we provide a healthy and safe environment to our employees, clients and anyone else included in our activities.

Flexible working

Flexible working is more than a policy – it’s a culture and commitment to recognise how we can support our team members to maintain a good balance between their personal and professional lives. This also contributes positively to employee well-being.

Flexible working can help employees meet their obligations and life responsibilities such as childcare arrangements and caring responsibilities, or can be purely a lifestyle choice.

Regardless of our employees’ motivation, we are committed to exploring flexible working with our employees, providing support in any way we can.