Benefits of working for Aspens Charities

There are many benefits of working for Aspens, not least the advantages of being part of a charity which puts the people we support at the heart of what we do. You get to work with like-minded individuals who believe in person-centred care and are passionate about what they do. 

The other benefits include the following (click on each for more information):


You will automatically be enrolled into a pension through Nest pensions, subject to conditions. Aspens contributes 3% and you contribute 5%. 

See their website for more information.

Employee Assistance Programme

To access support for you and your immediate family members*, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by calling 0800 028 0199. 

*Health Assured define immediate family members as spouse/partners and children aged 16 to 24 in full-time education, living in the same household. 

Through My Healthy Advantage app, you will have access to a range of features, all aimed at improving your health and wellbeing. 

Death in service benefit

Death in service benefit covers permanent employees to the maximum age of 75. Whilst it can be a sensitive topic, we hope it gives you some reassurance to know that in the event of your death, your loved one will receive a tax-free lump sum (3x your salary). It's really important that you complete the expression of wish form to make sure we have the up-to-date details of whom you wish to be your beneficiary. 

Smart Health

Smart Health is free to you through the death in service benefit and offers you a convenient way to connect to the tools you need to manage your health and wellbeing, in unison with our Employee Assistance Programme. It offers unlimited access to a suite of six services: 

  • 24/7 UK-based GP
  • Best Doctors
  • mental health support, 
  • a health check
  • access to nutrition consultations
  • an online fitness programme

Smart Health is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no additional cost to you. All six elements of the service are also available to your immediate family, including children up to the age of 21.

Blue Light card

Blue Light card is the discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces, providing our members with thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street.

As an employee of Aspens, you'll be refunded the cost of the card and can register for 2-years access to more than 15,000 discounts from large national retailers to local businesses across categories such as holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones, and many more.

Learning & development opportunities

We offer a myriad of learning & development opportunities, above and beyond the mandatory training you need to safely carry out a role within the social care sector.

Enhanced family leave pay

We offer maternity, paternity and other family leave over and above the statutory minimum.

Shuttle bus to and from Cornford Lane

We appreciate that the increasing fuel prices mean that many of us are looking for alternative ways to travel to and from work and we know that the Cornford Lane site is difficult to reach when you don't drive. The shuttle bus is part of our offer to support staff in this way and we also encourage car sharing wherever possible.

We offer a shuttle bus service 7 days a week to and from our services on Cornford Lane, with pick up points around the locality. 

Travel season tickets

 We offer interest-free loans for those wishing to purchase a travel season ticket. 

Refer a friend scheme

Car sharing app

Along with our free staff shuttle bus service we also have created a new app to enable our staff members to easily lift share when travelling to our offices and services. The new app will enable you to share work-related trips with your colleagues, helping us to improve efficiency and be more environmentally friendly.

With fuel costs rapidly rising, this will be a great way of helping reduce costs to the charity, meaning we have more funds to put back into our work, improving the lives of the people we support.

It will reduce mileage and wear and tear on your own vehicle and if you don’t own a car will mean you don’t need to rely on public transport, which will reduce your own costs.

Hardship loans and advances

For those times when you're struggling and an unexpected bill needs paying, we may consider a salary advance or short-term loan.