From left to right: Michelle Harrison, Director of People and Culture and Kate Nudds, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Orwell Housing Association.
Orwell Housing Association proudly announces its recent achievement of Disability Confident Leader status, marking another significant milestone following its prior recognition as a Disability Confident Employer. This prestigious accreditation underscores the organisation’s unwavering commitment to foster an inclusive workplace that prioritises diversity and supports disabled people.
By achieving Disability Confident Leader status, Orwell Housing Association shows a continued dedication to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. This accomplishment reflects the association’s proactive efforts in implementing inclusive policies, practices and initiatives that go beyond standard expectations, setting a benchmark for other organisations.
Orwell’s journey to become a Disability Confident Leader is a testament to its ongoing commitment to equality and diversity. The Organisation recruits, develops and retains talented disabled people, recognising the unique contributions every individual brings to the workplace.
Wendy Evans-Hendrick, CEO at Orwell Housing Association, said, “Becoming a Disability Confident Leader is a proud moment for Orwell. It reflects our dedication to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and can reach their full potential. We believe in the power of diversity, and this accreditation reaffirms our commitment to fostering an environment that celebrates the unique abilities of each team member.”
Una Davis, Deputy Director of Operations at Papworth Trust, said, “Congratulations to Orwell Housing on becoming a Disability Confident Leader, it is the result of a lot of hard work and a demonstration of their commitment to provide an inclusive environment for disabled people in their workplace.
“The Trust is passionate about supporting disabled to find and keep a job. We find the Disability Confident scheme brings a platform to talk to employers about the commercial and social benefit of recruiting more disabled people. We strive for a world where disabled people are seen for who they are.”
Orwell Housing Association encourages other organisations to join the Disability Confident scheme, emphasising the positive impact such initiatives can have on both employees and the overall workplace culture. The association remains committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
If you'd like to find out more information on how we can support your organisation to become disability confident, please click here: www.papworthtrust.org.uk/disability-confident/