SALFORD’S Pendleton Together has been awarded Excellence in Equality & Diversity accreditation by the Housing Diversity Network (HDN).
The organisation, which is part of the Together Housing Group, signed an equality and diversity pledge last year.
HDN has awarded Pendleton Together with two distinctions: one for its unique and effective equality and diversity training, and one for the appointment of a board member as its equality and diversity champion, which has allowed the organisation to make major improvements to its practices.
The process of accreditation involves an assessment spanning over a number of days, with extremely thorough testing of policies and procedures, as well as interviews with staff, board members, partners and tenants. The award has recognised Pendleton Together for the practices it has put into place for diversity and inclusion, as well as the improvements it strives to make.
“We were pleased to find improved leadership and understanding of gaps in equalities work, and a greater appreciation of the importance of shaping more diverse services, more active governance of equality matters and processes which provide the building blocks to embed equality,” said Raj Patel, HDN’s chief executive.
“We were particularly impressed with how training is being used to welcome challenge in the way in which actions on diversity are suggested by staff and teams. We believe other organisations can learn from this approach to staff development.
“We also welcome the appointment of a board champion on equalities and the speedy impact this has had on building a bridge between the equality strategy and operations.”
Michelle Park, Together Housing Group’s board diversity champion, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity throughout our business and among our customers and the wider community has been recognised.”
Pendleton Together manage 1,250 refurbished homes on behalf of Salford City Council as part of a £650 million government-backed regeneration scheme, which will also see the delivery of more than 1,600 new energy efficient homes built.