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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH launches new improvement service for disability friendly housing organisations


The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has strengthened its award winning Positive Action for Disability (PAfD) project with a new range of improvement services designed to help housing organisations to improve their front line practice and performance on disability equality in the workplace.

With the introduction of the Equality Act in October 2010, housing providers have needed to raise their game across the board on equality and diversity issues. Disability is a key protected characteristic under the Equality Act, and the introduction of new duties required registered social landlords to review current policies and procedures. The new PAfD service aims to support housing organisations to enhance their record on tackling inequality to gain a competitive edge in this key area.

The PAfD service offers a range of support programmes to help housing organisations deliver, including:

Disability equality action training to provide key employees with the knowledge and skills required to manage issues around disability and discrimination

Policies and procedures health checks to help organisations develop or review their policies and procedures from a disability equality perspective

Workplace accessibility health checks to survey the key barriers to accessibility that may adversely affect disabled employees

CIH Chief Executive Sarah Webb said "Positive Action for Disability is a pioneering scheme tackling the under-representation of disabled professionals in the housing sector. The programme has proved highly successful in supporting disabled employees to achieve their aspirations, with 15 trainees currently participating in the programme. This new Positive Action for Disability improvement service will provide a much-needed support for employers who are committed to promoting disability equality in the workplace, helping housing organisations to ensure they have the right policies and procedures in place to meet the demands of the Equality Act."

CIH established the Positive Action for Disability (PAfD) traineeship programme in 2009 to tackle the under-representation of disabled professionals in the housing sector. Since then, more than 15 disabled trainees have been successfully placed with housing organisations in England and Wales. The traineeships give talented disabled people the support and mentoring they need to get on the first rung of the housing career ladder.

The project has recently won the coveted RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Award in the Leadership and Careers category. RADAR is the UK's largest disability campaigning organisation, with a membership of over 900 disability organisations and individual campaigners.

For more information, or to find out how PAfD can help your organisation, contact:

Graham Findlay, Positive Action for Disability Manager

Tel: 07508 042112


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