Joe Sproston has worked in housing for 13 years, first for Stafford and Rural Homes and then for Housing Plus Group following the merger between the neighbouring organisations.
“Job satisfaction is really important and for me, that comes from being able to help other people. I grew up in Stafford and when I finish work at the end of each day, I know I’ve made a positive difference in my own community.”
Having stepped-up to a role with more responsibility in 2020, Joe has gone on to become a voids and lettings team leader covering the Stafford area. It’s his team who help people and families find a home that meets their needs. They also make sure that affordable housing for which there is such a huge demand in this area, is made available as soon as possible after a tenancy ends.
“I’ve had quite a wide range of roles, beginning on Reception where I was the first person that people met when they visited our offices. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done and the great thing is that Housing Plus group very much recognises the talent and contribution of people who are part of the group. I’ve been encouraged to develop my career, given opportunities to progress and even won awards.
“We’re a large group now, with 18,000 homes and with almost 1,000 employees we are one of the leading not for profit employers in the area. That brings advantages in terms of job security, resources and career development but there is still a really strong family feeling.”
As a father of four including twins, Joe and his wife Clare know all about the importance of family.
“At one point we had four children under the age of four. Customers got to know me and would often ask how we were coping. Life is certainly busy and we have our hands full but it’s a good way to switch off from work. There are transferable skills, too. The organisational techniques I learned at work help me at home and I’m definitely more diplomatic at work because of family life!”