St Leger Homes of Doncaster is launching its new Equality Strategy this week, which will run until 2021. The strategy sets out how the company will champion fairness, equality and diversity over the next four years.
The not for profit housing provider currently manages over 20,000 homes across Doncaster for Doncaster Council – and has consistently put the needs of its tenants at the heart of its work, particularly trying to reach individuals from minorities and hard to reach groups.
The Equality Strategy is the result of a rigorous self-assessment combined with staff and customer consultation.
This feedback has also helped shape a new set of equality commitments, which are as follows:
· To understand customers and support their needs
· To ensure the organisation is a leader in inclusion and fairness, and reflects this in the service provided to customers
· To engage customers effectively, foster good relations and advance equality in local communities
· To fulfil safeguarding responsibilities to the highest standards
· To develop a progressive and diverse workforce, in a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“We are proud of the work we are doing with people from across Doncaster, regardless of their backgrounds. No matter someone’s gender, age, sexuality, race or religion, people deserve high quality homes and services which really meet their individual needs.
“As an organisation, we want to go further than just meeting our legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 – we want everyone within St Leger Homes to be ambassadors for fairness and equality, making this a great place to work and ensuring every day that we are meeting the needs of our customers and staff.
“Whether we are working with young people to develop training programmes which help meet their aspirations to sustain long-term tenancies; working with gypsy and traveller groups to ensure our services meet their needs; or engaging with black and minority ethnic groups across the borough, we know that we need to listen to those we serve and make sure those unique experiences are built into the support we provide."
You can read the Equality Strategy 2017-2021 by visiting: https://www.stlegerhomes.co.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=13333