Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Accepting and including people regardless of their personal characteristics or circumstances.

At One Vision Housing we are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We aim to make all of our services accessible to all and in the process, you will be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

We also aim to promote a culture where discrimination is eliminated by providing an environment of equal opportunities where everyone recognises the positive contribution a diverse workforce and community can make.

We will ensure that all staff are trained on the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and are well equipped to deal with our customers’ individual needs.

What is Equality?

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally.

What is Diversity?

Diversity is about recognising, respecting and valuing people’s differences.

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion is about making people feel included. Taking positive action to remove any barriers which will then allow people to get involved and not feel excluded.

Protected Characteristics

Protected characteristics are some of the things that make you, you! Equality and Diversity affects us all as everyone has at least five of the characteristics; your age, your gender, your sexual orientation, your race and your religion or belief.

There is a law around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion called ‘The Equality Act 2010’ which promotes equal opportunities and protects the rights of individuals. The Act makes it unlawful to treat people less favourably or to discriminate against people with a ‘protected characteristic’ (see the next page for more information about Equality Law).

See the full list of Protected Characteristics below:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sexual orientation

In addition to the above list, we will ensure that people don’t experience disadvantage due to their socio economic circumstances such as employment status, class, appearance, criminal activities, being HIV positive or with AIDS, or any other matter which causes a person to be treated with injustice.