Being recognised as an organisation leading on diversity, and driving improvement across our business and sector is core to our mission.
At Gateway we believe diversity makes us stronger and better able to serve our residents needs. We see our role as ‘supporting communities to thrive’. Reflecting our communities is central to improving our services.
The inclusivity of our culture is linked to the performance improvements we’re delivering. Our diverse workforce is more robust, creative and innovative. We know if people can be themselves and ‘see themselves’ in the workplace, they’ll bring their ‘A’ game to work. At Gateway we know we can only achieve this if it’s led from the top. Our diverse Board and Executive team are ensuring diversity is embedded. The Board recently set aspirational targets for future recruitment at Non Executive Director level to ensure diversity through our governance in perpetuity.
Kate Dodsworth, our Chief Executive, who sits on the Steering Group of Leadership 2025 has been leading on this issue she notes ‘the world is awash with talented people from these groups’. The next step is taking action and Gateway has been a leader in the field. We are very proud this has been recognised through the shortlisting for the 24Housing Diversity Award.
We are also delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards in the Resident Employment and Training Award (for organisations of up to 12,000 homes) in recognition of our excellent STEP (Support To Employment Programme) which is helping our residents and other local people in our communities develop the skills they need for work and learning. Again this programme is core to our desire to support our communities to thrive.
We would be beyond proud if we were to win either award, but whatever happens we will continue to promote diversity and programmes which help our staff, our residents and our communities to thrive.