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Housing charity beats ITV to take diversity award

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Featured, Housing

Housing charity beats ITV to take diversity award Housing charity beats ITV to take diversity award

A housing charity has beaten strong competition to take a national award that recognises diversity in the workplace.

Midlands-based Trident Reach the People came ahead of TV station ITV to win the Workplace Diversity category of the Personnel Today Awards 2012.

The awards, which recognise best practice in HR, were presented by the actor and comedian Hugh Dennis at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The judges said: "This is a great example of a smaller organisation in a sector that isn’t cash-rich demonstrating that equality and diversity can be done with leadership commitment."

Trident and ITV were shortlisted for the award along with Informa and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

The award recognises the charity’s work to ensure it has a diverse workforce, making it more able to adapt and provide different services in a rapidly-changing sector.

Trident provides care, support, coaching and mentoring services to help the vulnerable, including young people, the homeless, refugees, people with disabilities and women fleeing domestic abuse.

Ellie West, equality lead at Trident, said: "We were very shocked when Hugh Dennis read out our name, as we were up against such large, high profile organisations.

"It is an amazing achievement and a great testament to the work that we do at Reach to ensure that the workplace is diverse and that each individual is respected and appreciated for who they are."

Anthony McCool, Trident's charity lead, said: "This is a very proud moment for us and is well-deserved recognition of the fantastic work our team does to maintain a motivated, valued and diverse workforce."

Trident's projects have included an 'equality group' to improve access to services, awareness and understanding, and 'equality champions' providing advice and guidance to managers on day-to-day matters.

In the last 12 months the charity has also won the Gold Equality Standard, the Gold Investors in People award and a Crème de la Crème Business award.

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