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Keeping HR Simple and Orton Community Association

When Orton Community Association needed help making their HR policies and procedures fit for purpose, Keeping HR Simple offered their expertise.

We would not have been able to afford to pay for expert HR advice. Katherine helped us enormously and explained what we needed. We now feel more confident knowing our HR policies and procedures are fit for purpose.

- Miranda MacBean,
Treasurer, Orton Community Association
The company

Keeping HR Simple provide straightforward, pragmatic HR advice and support to businesses and organisations across Cambridgeshire. The company strongly believes in providing support to charities and community organisations who would otherwise be unable to afford professional advice. In 2014 they received a Business in the Community Award for their work as part of Peterborough ProHelp, offering pro bono support to organisations who need it most. 

The project

Peterborough ProHelp was approached by Orton Community Association in 2013 for advice on a number of HR matters and how to conduct CRB checks for committee members.

The project was assigned to Katherine Duff, Managing Director at Keeping HR Simple. She conducted a full review of the Association's existing policies and procedures, and helped to put together an HR Manual for all staff, volunteers and committee members which included revised policies and procedures that met current legislation.

Keeping HR Simple provided the Association with a list of other documentation it needed to include to complete their HR Handbook and gave advice on where to find it. Katherine also talked the Association through the process of conducting CRB checks and pointed their staff to where they could do this.

All in all Keeping HR Simple gave five hours of their time free of charge to helping the Association. This professional time would have otherwise cost them in the region of £750 – money that the Association just don’t have available.

This help has also put the Orton Community Assocation in a position to apply to become a Community Interest Company, as it has a robust HR Handbook available.

Katherine Duff, Managing Director, Keeping HR Simple, said:

"It was a pleasure to work with Orton Community Association. They already had some documentation in place but I was able to help them by reviewing their policies, advising where they needed to be enhanced and giving them additional information about other policies they needed to have in place.  For me, it’s about helping an organisation such as the OCA to understand their obligations and to make sure they have robust policies in place to support their development."