Our EDI pledges
The Armed Forces Covenant
We recognise that Armed Forces Veterans and Reservists can bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, and experience to the workplace at Irwell Valley Homes - often gained through the sacrifices they and their families have made whilst serving our country both here and across the world.
We also understand that the transition from military life back into civilian employment can be challenging. We are committed to supporting our Veteran and Reservist colleagues, their families and the wider Armed Forces Community through this transition and to ensuring fair and equitable services and support for them.
We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2017, publicly highlighting our commitment and we are proud to have achieved the Silver award under The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). You can read our Armed Forces Covenant pledge in full here.
Irwell Valley Colleagues who also serve as Reservists are allocated an additional 5 days paid leave each year to fulfil their annual Armed Forces training. We also offer various colleague wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme and counselling, as part of our corporate package of benefits.
Useful information and support services for veterans and their families
We're proud of the contribution veterans make to the workplace at Irwell Valley Homes. Colleagues like Stephen, whose story you can hear below.
Our EDI accreditations
Disability Confident Employer
Disability Confident is a government scheme that helps employers attract, recruit and retain disabled staff.
It provides advice and information to help organisations think differently about disability and how to make the workplace more accessible.
We currently have the second level of accreditation and are recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.
Kieren, who is registered blind, works in our Customer Service and Support Team. Find out about what he values about his job at Irwell Valley Homes in the video below.
Our EDI pledges
The home is of central importance to LGBTQ+ residents because it should be a place where people can freely express their sexual orientation and/ or gender identity without fear or prejudice.
Sadly, despite recent changes in equality laws, LGBTQ+ residents continue to experience discrimination in their everyday lives, including in relation to their housing.
We are members of HouseProud, a network for housing providers to improve the way we engage, support, and deliver services to our LGBTQ+ communities and colleagues.
We are working to achieve HouseProud Pledge Pioneer Status, highlighting our commitment to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support.
It provides a framework to foster positive relationships and increase LGBTQ+ visibility to our customers, colleagues, and stakeholders.