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bdht launches community appeal to drive forward equality, diversity and inclusion strategy

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) is appealing to local residents and the community to help inform the organisation’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies.

With over 150 staff, the housing association is a leading employer within Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas and is well known for its high levels of employee satisfaction, having ranked as a top three performer in the annual Great Places to Work® awards, on three separate occasions.

Keen to ensure that it is a truly inclusive business, for all its colleagues and customers, bdht is now inviting individuals, community groups and organisation’s from across the region to support its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and get involved in its newly formed advisory group.

The group, which will hopefully comprise a collective of representatives, will meet regularly, with a single aim, to support and advise on the future development and implementation of bdht’s key policies and strategies.

Emma Morris, head of HR at bdht, said: “At bdht, we pride ourselves on being an organisation that our staff enjoy working for and are delighted to be regularly noticed for investing in our staff and customers.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to take time to reflect and identify any opportunities for us to further develop our existing policies. We are committed to ensuring that the organisation is truly inclusive, and we would like to speak to individuals and groups from across the local community who will be able to share their valuable experiences to help shape our ongoing equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.”

In 2020, bdht also received a Silver Investors in People (IIP) accreditation, which recognised the company’s commitment towards investing in its staff and places the company within the top 20% of organisations across the UK.

bdht is a registered provider of social housing, serving the district of Bromsgrove and surrounding areas. The not-for-profit organisation aims to improve the communities in which it is based, working closely with partners, such as the council, police and residents, to provide secure and comfortable accommodation, and safe and happy neighbourhoods. While also undertaking a wide range of activities under contract to others including homelessness, supporting people, extra care and general estate management.

For further information on the EDI Advisory Group, please contact Emma Morris on emma.morris@bdht.co.uk.