You may be aware that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has been at the forefront of the news and media agenda recently. We take the issues highlighted very seriously and are committed to preventing discrimination in all its forms.

Our vision is to further embed equality & diversity in every aspect of our organisation’s culture. We aspire to better understand, reflect and meet the needs of the communities we serve by delivering accessible and inclusive services. Equality is about treating everyone as a unique individual and where barriers do exist, we are fully committed to providing solutions which achieve similar and consistent outcomes for all.

We already take many actions to deliver our vision but recognise there is always more to do. Examples include:

  • Equality & diversity training for all staff
  • Consideration of equality & diversity issues as part of new policy & strategy development and the inclusion of an equalities statement
  • Completion of equalities impact assessments when reviewing existing documents or developing new policies, strategies and services, to identify and mitigate negative impacts on all groups and individuals at risk of being discriminated against
  • Ongoing monitoring of the gender pay gap and taking appropriate steps to address any concerns
  • A guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any job vacancies advertised (as a member of the disability confident scheme).

We also have an equality & diversity strategy 2018-21. This is due for review next year and residents will be fully involved in this process. If you would like to know more about equality & diversity or make any suggestions about what more we could do to promote this important matter, please email Sarah Holden: