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
SHS is working with its staff to raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion.
We have recently introduced themed information that is issued to staff on a monthly basis to heighten awareness around different culture, faiths and customs. The information is researched on the internet, mainly using Wikipedia.
The information shared can be found below. The first theme was “Shrove Tuesday”.
Please click here for more information.
Spring Equinox – please click here for information.
Easter – please click here for information.
Vaisakhi – please click here for information.
Ramadan-please click here for information.
Eid al Fitr-please click here for information.
Disability Rights UK & the Care Quality Commission Partnership
Disability Rights UK have recently entered into a year long partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to gather feedback from disabled people about their experience of health and social care services, via CQC’s ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ initiative. The CQC would really like to hear from disabled (and non-disabled) people on their experience of using any of the services they regulate, including GP and dentist surgeries; hospitals; services in the home; etc. A full list of these services can be viewed by clicking here.
If you would like to tell the CQC about your experience, positive or negative, of any of the services they regulate, please click here. You can also provide feedback by contacting Disability Rights UK by telephone on 020 7250 8181.
For further information on the DR UK & CQC Partnership, please click here.
For people with learning disabilities, please click here to see how you can speak up.
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. www.smhf.org.uk
Transport for London
Transport for London has launched their new “Blue Badge” scheme for users of their public transport. Please click here for more information.
SHS has introduced a new Interpreting and Translation service. Please click here to find out more.
Pride in London
The biggest LGBT+ parade returns to London on Saturday 8 July. Starting at Portland Place at 13:00 and continuing past Trafalgar Square you can watch the parade anywhere along the route. Try to avoid Oxford Circus and Regent Street as they will be very crowded throughout the day. Find out more here.
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.