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Blog 2018-03-22T17:21:15+00:00

August eBriefing – Blog by HDN Chair, Jon Prashar

I was very interested to read James Caspell’s thoughts in this month’s eBriefing issue. I was interested in some of the links around social isolation and deprivation and vulnerable people. There are some links here to the work being done across the country around unconscious bias.

I was particularly interested in the links to the business case for diversity and value for money. I believe this is fundamental to embedding best practice across the country. There were also some interesting links around translation and interpretation, skills of staff and diverse inclusive workforce.

I am delighted to see the development once again of the HDN staff mentoring programme and also the various other mentoring programmes, including the exciting Board mentoring programme.

I was also interested in the luxury developments in London and the focus in the Guardian on the “Poor Door”. I have the articles available is anyone requires these.

It is obviously an interesting time for the independence vote in Scotland and the next time I share my blog with you we will have the outcome.

There are obviously some challenging issues in our communities and I note the reference to racist incidents in Belfast and obviously there are still some big challenges around in the wider world.

There still appears to be a massive challenge around benefit and deprivation.

I hope you have enjoyed the summer and here’s to further partnership work with the Housing Diversity Network.

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Housing Diversity Network held the first #housingdiversityday social media campaign

May 4th, 2018|

#housingdiversityday On Monday 19th March Housing Diversity Network (HDN) held the first #housingdiversityday social media campaign.  We are particularly grateful to Ben and Jane from Tower Hamlets Housing, a HDN member, who provided the energy and expertise in making this happen. Both 24Housing and Inside Housing partnered with us in this campaign. The momentum of activity built quickly with a mood amongst participants becoming joint owners of the campaign [...]

405, 2018

We are now accepting applications for our CIPD Award winning HDN Mentoring Programmes

May 4th, 2018|

We seek enthusiastic, exceptional individuals to become mentors who want to build their own skills in particular in coaching and mentoring and want to share their knowledge and experience of working in housing to develop and support staff in the sector. We seek staff who wish to become mentees, who are ready to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be accelerated in their personal development and be supported [...]

405, 2018

What can housing associations do to tackle race disparities? – Sallie Bridgen

May 4th, 2018|

As government figures show race inequalities in housing, Sallie Bridgen reflects on what housing providers can do to tackle the problem What do this week’s hate crime figures and last week’s government figures on ethnicity mean for housing? The news that hate crime has increased by 29% in 2016 – with spikes after the vote to leave the European Union and the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack – comes close [...]

3110, 2017

HDN appoints new Chief Executive

October 31st, 2017|

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Raj Patel as HDN’s new CEO, who will be joining us on 15 November 2017. Raj co-founded Ashram Housing in Birmingham, and has worked in equality and diversity for more than a quarter of a century, leading organisations and consultancies in UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion, and in [...]

2310, 2017

How did HDN mentoring improve my outlook on management? – Eileen Martin, Optivo

October 23rd, 2017|

  Throughout my own career I’ve had the benefit of some great mentors and role models who’ve helped me (I’ve been in management positions for  over 30 years – even I find that hard to believe). Those mentors provided me with a fountain of knowledge and contacts as well as sharing their own mistakes and challenges, so I could learn from them. It’s really helped me as I‘ve progressed [...]

1110, 2017

Let’s use ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ to create lasting positive change in housing

October 11th, 2017|

Theresa May said of the new ‘Ethnic disparity audit’, "…People who have lived with discrimination don't need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge…”.  While the audit doesn’t provide any new information, we welcome the Government shining a light on the appalling levels of inequality in our society, and committing to action. In the area of housing alone, the audit data reinforces what we [...]

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