Group leading the way

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A HOUSING group has been awarded the prestigious Leaders in Diversity quality mark from the National Centre for Diversity.

It is the first ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation) and only the third organisation in the country to achieve the accolade.

East Durham Homes was one of more than 300 companies to undertake the “Investors in Diversity” journey. The programme has three levels with the prestigious Leaders in Diversity accreditation being the highest.

It was acknowledged that East Durham Homes has an outstanding commitment from staff, customers and partners.

To achieve the accreditation, an organisation has to demonstrate that, not only do they have the right policies, but also have staff dedicated to ensuring accessible services are provided to customers – which make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people.

Paul Mains, East Durham Homes’ interim chief executive, said: “It has taken us less than seven months to demonstrate this commitment and to be nationally recognised as true leaders in our field is excellent.

“We recognise that our achievements have been built on the foundation of all our staffs’ hard work over the past few years and it is thanks to them that we now have this award.”

Bruce Waller, Leaders in Diversity advisor said: “Following impressive survey results it was clear to me that the leaders of the organisation are not only committed to equality and diversity, but are very mindful of how it is essential for them to grow as an organisation.”

He added: “During the review process I interviewed a range of staff and tenants who were also confident to share their experiences and reflect on how the organisation had helped them grow their knowledge and confidence in this area. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to working with you in the near future.”

A presentation took place where customers, staff and local community groups who took part in the assessment for the award gathered to celebrate the achievement.