Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) was created in July 2017 as a result of merging Two Castles (TCHA) and Derwent and Solway (D&S) Housing Associations. We have an annual turnover of over £36m, employ around 260 staff, and own and manage more than 7,000 properties in rural and urban communities across the North of England, with around 75% located in Cumbria.

As well as a commitment to providing new affordable housing solutions and investing more than £10m each year in delivering new homes, CCHA plans to spend more than £10.5m per annum on maintenance (including major repairs), creating employment and skills opportunities in our local communities.

Why work at CCHA?

We couldn’t do what we do without our people, so we do whatever we can to make working at CCHA as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible for every individual.

CCHA strives to be an exemplar of good practice in both organisational excellence and as an employer. Our aim is to engage, motivate, develop and inspire our people to work towards a shared vision as well as individual priorities.  CCHA is developing agile working practices, for applicable roles, to provide staff with greater flexibility.

Employee wellbeing and engagement is something that CCHA is strongly committed to. We have continuous programmes of support and development, such as mental health first aiders. We involve people, work with them, and agree a common approach to ‘how we do things around here’.


We’ve been offering apprenticeships for the past two years at Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA). 

It’s just as rewarding for us to see how the apprentice’s skills and confidence develop during the process, as it is for them. Please have a read of Matthew Busby's case study below to find out more. 

We'll be advertising more apprenticeships during 2024 as part of the continued expansion of Castles and Coasts Services (CCS), the in-house team that delivers various services in CCHA properties and estates.

Keep an eye on these pages and social media for details.

Click on the video to the left to hear from Michelle about working for us.

What our colleagues say

Staff survey results


I believe CCHA is run on strong values & principles


I am committed to the success of CCHA


I feel proud to work for CCHA


I think CCHA is a good place to work

Our Corporate Values

Our recruitment and selection process

We look to recruit people who share our desire to succeed, who we can trust to deliver, who have the insight to spot the opportunity to do things better and have the ability and initiative to put great ideas into practice.

Covering the North East and Cumbria we have offices in Carlisle, Newcastle and Workington. 

Many of our roles offer the opportunity for hybrid working, with a mix of office and home working, or sometimes out in the community, depending on the needs of the role and of the organisation. 

There are many benefits from working for us which include;

Competitive salary

Good annual leave entitlement additional to Bank Holidays

Enhanced personal pension scheme

Health cashback plan*

Death in service insurance

Discounted gym membership*

Company sick pay scheme

Employee assistance helpline

Family friendly leave policies

Mental Health First Aid

Maternity pay

Eye test examination

Flexible working patterns

Cycle to work salary sacrifice

Equipped for agile working

Staff forum


*Benefits dependant on length of service.

CCHA is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion:

★ Our recruitment process aims to provide equity of opportunity
★ Our working environments are inclusive and free from unlawful
discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, sex,
pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status,
gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual
★ Within our organisation, we have an Equality and Diversity policy
which aims to remove unfair and discriminatory practices within
our business and encourages full contribution from our diverse
community of applicants and employees.’

Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy outlines our commitment to employing a workforce that represents the communities served by CCHA 


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For further information about joining CCHA, please contact our HR Team by emailing