Equality & Diversity

Unity Housing Association provide services to a wide range of people, because of this we are committed to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in all our relationships whether in our services, our governance or as an employer. Unity Housing Association is committed to the development of communities and their sustainability.

Equality & Diversity

What does it mean?

Equality requires Unity Housing Association to respond to individuals and groups according to their needs. Promoting and supporting ‘equality’ is a way of ensuring equal treatment for everyone, this does not mean treating everyone the same, but recognising that different people have individual needs which Unity needs to take account of in order to provide an equal standard of service.

Diversity is all about valuing individuality of our staff and customers and recognising the importance of getting to know our local communities, which all have very distinct and diverse identities. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences.

How Unity ensures Equality & Diversity

The "Nine" protected characteristics

A single Equalities Act was published in 2010 which expanded the 6 strands of diversity to nine ‘protected’ characteristics.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Religion/belief
  • Sexual orientation

We will strive to cover all areas where an individual or groups are disadvantaged in any way, which may be preventing them from reaching their full potential. We will make every effort to ensure that no applicant for housing or employment receives less favourable treatment than another because of their individuality.