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Today, Tuesday 19th March, is Housing Diversity Day!

It's a day for taking the time to reflect on the diversity within social housing. Our customers come from all walks of life and it's important that we recognise that, both in the planning and in the delivery of our services. But of course, it's not only our customers, but our workforce as well. Our staff, some of whom were recruited through our LEAP programme, come from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs, but we are united by our commitment to quality housing services.

We recognise equality and diversity as one of our core values, yet nationally for more than four decades after the first modern law on equality in the workplace, research shows that people from BME backgrounds, women, those with a disability and people that identify as LGBT+ are still under-represented at the most senior levels within organisations.

Today, March 19th, we recognise and celebrate diversity within housing by striving for equality. With that in mind, this month we pledged our support to the Inclusive Futures Campaign. In short, the campaign calls upon housing organisations to take five steps to improving equality and diversity.

As part of our commitment to the Inclusive Futures Campaign, we commit to:

  • opening up and widening opportunities for the local community - by advertising our jobs to the people we serve;
  • diversifying our family - by using agencies committed to diversity in the workplace;
  • striving for fairness - by ensuring recruitment panels reflect the diversity of our City;
  • boosting our people's potential - by providing development and support opportunities;
  • and stamping out unconscious bias - by removing personal details from application forms during the recruitment process.

Shaun Aldis, Chief Executive said:

Equality and diversity sit at the core of our business and it's reflected in our corporate values. Wolverhampton is a highly diverse city, rich in culture. It's important to us that our services respond and adapt to that ever-changing diversity, and one way of doing that is ensuring that our workforce is representative of the communities we serve. Through our five pledges and our continued commitment to equality and diversity, we strive to make the Inclusive Futures initiative a reality.

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