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Equality and diversity award


Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Local Government and also in Communities

Gail Hodgson receives the Diversity Network Accreditation award from Jon Prasher Gail Hodgson receives the Diversity Network Accreditation award from Jon Prasher

A housing association has received an award for its work to promote equality and diversity.

Broadacres has been presented with the Diversity Network Accreditation (DNA) award from the Housing Diversity Network.

It follows an assessment of the way the organisation approaches equality and diversity. This information was gathered using a variety of methods, including a face-to-face interview with the Managing Director, a focus group involving Broadacres residents and analysis of documentation.

Broadacres was awarded nine distinctions for good practice and innovation in equality and diversity. These included the work Broadacres does with minority groups such as the Gypsy and Traveller community and vulnerable people, such as women fleeing domestic violence.

It was also praised for the way in which it supports people into work, e.g. promoting employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Jon Prashar, Chair of the Housing Diversity Network Board, said: “The Diversity Network Accreditation is only awarded to organisations who can demonstrate real outcomes in the equality and diversity field.

“This covers the full spectrum, including gender, religion and disability, and it was clear from our assessment that Broadacres is really delivering in all these areas and that equality and diversity is very much part of its culture.

“Broadacres’ commitment to equality and diversity, being a good employer, a provider of great services and making a positive difference to peoples’ lives shone through.”

Gail Hodgson, Broadacres’ Human Resources Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious accreditation at the first attempt and particularly to achieve nine distinctions.

“As an organisation we strive to ensure no-one is disadvantaged and our commitment to inclusion is embedded in every aspect of our work.”


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