We’re all celebrating at Pendleton after our groundbreaking inclusivity work helped us achieve national standards in diversity.
We have been awarded “Investors In Diversity” by The National Centre for Diversity for our work around Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE).
The prestigious national accreditation was awarded after a rigorous assessment process, which involved residents, contractors, partners and staff providing evidence of how we are working towards an inclusive agenda.
Recent work has included offering to pay for residents to be members of a fair food scheme, delivering awareness training not only to staff but also residents, events to celebrate the work of local refugees and a piece of work with agencies across Salford to give a voice to those who suffered from hate crime. Staff have also been appointed to help others with mental health difficulties and policies and ways of working have been reviewed to ensure they are fair and deliver an equal service to everyone.
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, said the accreditation showed Pendleton Together’s commitment to ensuring everyone could be involved: “The Investors in Diversity journey and the achievement of the standard gives a positive message to Pendleton Together’s residents, staff, partners and communities that everyone is welcome and can work together for each other.”
Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, of which Pendleton Together is a part, said the award was key to a strategy of working for everyone: “We’ve always been an organisation that believes in investing in diversity but we’re also an organisation that wants to be rigorous in our self-evaluation. We need to know that we are doing the right thing not only for us and our staff, but also for residents and their wider community. Completing this important process gave us an insight into what we’re doing really well and where we need to be doing more work to improve. It shows that we have a whole team that are really
Julie Blagden, Operations Manager at Pendleton Together and Chair of the FREDIE steering group, paid tribute to all involved: “The steering group has involved staff in varying roles, residents and those we work alongside. Everyone has looked at their own practice, the practice of others, shared good ideas and made changes where they need to make this happen. It’s a team effort, but it’s succeeded because we are already a diverse and committed team.”
Owen Power, a resident at Pendleton Together for over two decades and a regional and national campaigner on disability and LGBT+ rights, said that this was an example to follow: “I’ve been very impressed by how the staff have worked to go further than ever before to accommodate everyone’s needs. This marks a step-up and I’m proud to be part of that journey. Housing is a partnership between the responsibilities of staff and residents and Pendleton Together has made real strides in building this partnership further.”
He added that the housing association were now looking at more residents and local partners to get involved. Anyone interested should email email@example.com .