Today, Homes for Lambeth announce our Equality and Diversity plan for 2021-22. The pandemic has uncovered the deeply entrenched injustices and inequalities within our society, and we see that in how the virus has impacted our communities in different ways.
We serve a vibrant and diverse community and are proud of the work we do to tackle and deliver social value. Our plan will focus on five key areas:
- Social Value
- Response to COVID-19
- Sharing Expertise
We have taken and are continuing to take a proactive approach to recruitment by advertising all of our openings on Opportunities Lambeth, the Homes for Lambeth Website and in Resident bulletins and newsletters. We have also identified community groups such as Black Thrive to promote opportunities amongst under-represented groups.
Our procurement policy is geared towards reducing inequalities in Lambeth and to integrate Lambeth Council’s Borough Plan 2018-2021. These include creating inclusive growth, reducing inequalities and building strong and sustainable neighbourhoods. We also aim to recruit 25% of local labour to take up employment on construction sites.
We are driving social value through a commitment to paying the London Living Wage in all our contracts and promoting local small and medium sized enterprises in our procurement process. Our social value programme also includes training workshops to help our residents access employment opportunities.
Response to COVID-19
Like many organisations, Homes for Lambeth staff have adapted well to the pandemic through effective home-working. We have worked hard to ensure all our colleagues have the access to equipment, training and resources – we put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.
These hard times will no doubt have an impact on our mental health and that’s why Homes for Lambeth has introduced Mental Health First Aiders in all departments to encourage support for staff.
Homes for Lambeth is a member of organisations including London Living Wage, Race at Work Charter, House Proud Pledge, Harrys Pledge, Halo scheme, Disability Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness and the Housing Diversity Network. We are in good company and, as a young organisation, are keen to learn more about best practice in the industry.