The importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the social housing sector in Kent and Medway has been underlined with the successful launch of a Kent Housing Group (KHG) sub group, which Interventions Alliance colleagues are thrilled to be a part of.
The initiative is as a result of a partnership between the Kent Housing Group and the Housing Diversity Network (HDN). The sub group is a safe space to discuss actions and share good practice, learning and ideas to address EDI issues across member organisations of KHG.
A recent meeting received a presentation from Stonewall Housing on LGBTQ+ housing experiences. Future presentations are planned on gypsy, Roma and traveller communities, the Armed Forces Covenant and Allyship – the lifelong process of people developing relationships and building empathy with marginalised groups to better understand their challenges and issues.
Mushtaq Khan, the CEO of HDN, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Kent’s housing bodies to become more inclusive organisations. We know that there are some things that organisations can do themselves, but having a collaborative regional approach can help embed some real changes across the sector.”
Claire Jones, Deputy Director of Rehabilitation Services with Interventions Alliance, said: “I am delighted to be a member of the KHG EDI subgroup. I have found the group invaluable to share good practice, learning and ideas from across the membership in Kent and Medway.
“Most recently, I have collaborated with a colleague from the Social Interest Group on how to embed ally ship in organisations which has allowed me to reflect on how I can further develop this in Interventions Alliance and the wider Seetec Group as part of our EDI Strategy, steering group and protected characteristics conversations.”
Take a look at the Kent Housing Group and Housing Diversity Network websites for more information:
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