Our organisation should reflect the communities we serve and the values that we place at the heart of our work, including championing diversity, inclusivity, wellbeing and positive staff engagement, and celebrating all of our differences.
At Watford Community Housing we have an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion group consisting of staff from all across the organisation, who are dedicated to creating equal, open spaces for all.
Our EDI group consists of four networks, covering the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:
Our EDI members meet each month to update the rest of the group on initiatives, events, and accreditations that the organisation can get involved in to benefit our staff and/or local community.
We also have an ‘EDI Champion’ on our Group Board to ensure that EDI matters are kept at the forefront of the organisation’s strategic direction – the team annually present their hard work to the Board.
Here is just a flavour of what we get up to:
Watford Community Housing is committed to creating a work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and feels free from discrimination.
We aim to be an employer of choice, with fair pay, promotion, and training opportunities for all employees. Our company policies and procedures promote flexibility, work-life balance and family-friendly employment practices, and we make reasonable adjustments as needed to support employees with disabilities or other needs.
We aim to have a Board and Leadership team that reflects the diversity of our communities, using inclusive recruiting practices and actively seeking out candidates with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
By embedding EDI into our People Strategy, we ensure we have a diverse and inclusive workforce who feel comfortable to be who they are in the workplace.
One of the key things we do is work towards gaining a range of accreditations to ensure that we are honouring our EDI commitments.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and are working towards a HouseProud Pledge Pioneer accreditation, which proves a housing provider’s dedication to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support. We are also working towards obtaining a Herts Healthy Workplace accreditation which evidences an organisation’s commitment to developing a wellbeing led culture.
We are proud of the work that we do, but there is always more to be done.
If you would like to find out more about our EDI work, or would like to get involved, we would like to hear from you.