Sutton Housing Society supports diversity and upholds equal opportunities in all areas of its work as both an employer and service provider.
As our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy sets out, we expect everyone who works with or for the Society to uphold these principles. We aim to treat our employees and tenants with respect. We will ensure that equality, fairness, dignity and respect are central to the way that we work and carry out our duties. To enable us to do this we will:
- Respect and listen to our tenants and staff
- Review our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy on a regular basis to make sure it is working
- Tackle all forms of prejudice wherever and however it is found within the organisation and
- Train our staff on equality, diversion and inclusion
We work within the rules laid out in the Equality Act 2010 which consolidated all previous equality legislation and refers to nine protected characteristics for which discrimination, harassment and victimisation are prohibited. These are:
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership and
- Pregnancy and Maternity
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion @ SHS
SHS is working with its staff to raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion.
In 2017 we introduced themed information that is issued to staff on a monthly basis to heighten awareness around different culture, faiths and customs.
For people with mental health issues, please find below some information for support groups that you may find useful:
No Panic (Sutton & Merton) is a self-help group that provides support to people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and phobias. The Group exists to offer people support for their anxieties by talking to fellow sufferers and helping them to live more positively. www.nopanic.org.uk/no-panic-sutton-merton
Sutton Mental Health Foundation has been around since 1987. It has evolved from providing a traditional “drop-in” service to offering a wider range of services for people who have experienced mental distress. They offer opportunities to enable people to establish connections with others, to learn new skills and to seek and offer support.
Carers Parking Permits
At the last health watch meeting the issue of car parking permits for carers of those with dementia was raised. Sutton offer carers permits that allow holders to park in CPZ p&d or permit bays when making visits, both for individuals and for organisations.
Further details and application forms can be found here.