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Building bridges: Pioneering equality, diversion and inclusion in Kent's social housing sector

Key insight Thought Leadership 20 November 2023

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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