"We are passionate and ambitious for the children and families we support"

Hilary Brooks, Director of Children’s Services

REWARDS AND BENEFITS

St Helens Borough Council has enjoyed a complete modernisation programme; the pandemic showed us new ways we could work and this added to our already ambitious transformation plan.

Atlas House is a modern, working environment with spaces to work, meet and collaborate. Each team has a set day for being office-based – which provides the opportunity to work, learn and help each other (and catch up on non-work life news!).

Each member of staff has IT equipment that allows them to work flexibly – at home, in coffee shops or in other buildings. We have worked hard to create a healthy and flexible workplace for everyone and feedback from our staff is that they like the choice and ability to plan their work week.

There is free parking for staff. Atlas House (where most of Children’s Services staff are based) is next to Fingerpost shopping centre and is a short walk to St Helens town centre, where you will find the Town Hall, the IT department and a range of delicious sandwich shops!

There are also the facilities to cycle to work, with bike storage, shower facilities and lockers. The council also runs a Cycle to Work scheme, allowing you to save up to 42% on the cost of a brand-new bike and spread the cost over 12 monthly payments, taken directly from your wages. It’s free of tax and National Insurance – so not only will you save money and keep fit, you’ll also cut your carbon footprint and spend less time in your car.

Staff can use up to two days to undertake volunteer activities; this was launched after a very successful pilot programme where staff talked of their enjoyment and appreciation at being able to give something back to their community.

Healthcare Cash Plans offer a wide range of cover, from single membership to complete family cover. The plans work by providing cash benefits to help with the cost of everyday medical, dental and optical treatment in return for regular contributions.

My St Helens Benefits gives you access to a great range of discounts, cashback and offers across a wide range of retailers, covering shopping, holidays, days out and eating out.

We will offer you a minimum of 25 days annual leave rising up to a possible 30 days leave per year plus Bank Holidays.

We also offer an annual leave purchase scheme, enabling employees to purchase an additional weeks’ leave to allow greater flexibility in respect of their planned time off work.

Our health and wellbeing is important to us. All employees have access to our employee assistance programme, which offers you a range of support and guidance 24/7, 365 days a year, including:

  • Debt and money management advice
  • Legal aid and employment law
  • Career issues
  • Bereavement
  • Home and workplace relationship problems
  • Confidential counselling for any stress-related problem
  • Menopause support
  • Personal and family issues - drug and alcohol abuse, and much more

We also support a wide range of social activities to benefit your physical and mental health, including Culture Champions, Book Club, Go Active, Couch to 5k clubs and Mental Health First Aiders, alongside a number of online self-help toolkits.