Manningham Housing Association and HDN embrace National Inclusion Week 2021

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has signed up to take part in National Inclusion Week which runs from Monday 27 September – Sunday 3 October.

Organised by membership organisation Inclusive Employers, the initiative seeks to bring people together to share best practices in promoting inclusion in the workplace.

The theme of National Inclusion Week 2021, now in its ninth year, is ‘United For Inclusion.’

To increase the impact of its involvement, MHA will be partnering with the Housing Diversity Network (HDN), a social enterprise that aims to inspire and empower people and promote equality, diversity and opportunity for all.

Both organisations are based at Bank House in Bradford which will be decorated with banners and flags as MHA and HDN staff participate in an array of activities throughout the week.

These will include workshops, games, competitions and a photobooth.

Team members will also be invited to dress traditionally and share national and international dishes each day for lunch.

Last year more than 2,000 organisations signed up for National Inclusion Week with events including webinars and daily challenges estimated to have connected around 16 million people.

Lee Bloomfield, MHA Chief Executive, said:

“We are really looking forward to working in partnership with the Housing Diversity Network to support National Inclusion Week 2021.

“After another tough year for everyone because of Covid, it is a wonderful opportunity for staff at all levels to celebrate being together and learn more about the importance of a fully inclusive working environment.”

Barrington Billings, MHA Chair, said:

“It is essential that Manningham Housing Association plays a lead role in National Inclusion Week.

“Tackling racism will be an area of particular focus throughout the seven days including the launch of an anti-racism toolkit.  I look forward to learning more about this and discussing lessons learnt with colleagues and MHA’s external partners.”

Rupert Moyne, Managing Director – Corporate Services, Inclusive Employers, said:

“I’m delighted that Manningham Housing Association is taking part in National Inclusion Week 2021.

“The last year has really brought the need for inclusion into sharp focus. Many of us have spent the past twelve months working remotely and I, therefore, hope that ‘United For Inclusion,’ the 2021 theme of National Inclusion Week, brings us closer to our colleagues and other organisations as we together celebrate, share and inspire inclusion practices.

“MHA’s involvement in National Inclusion Week shows that they take building an inclusive workplace seriously and I welcome their commitment to do so.”

More information about National Inclusion Week and how to get involved is available via the Inclusive Employers website.