Our equality and diversity commitment

We are committed to equality and diversity within the workplace and will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We ensure that there is no unfair discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, gender, marital status, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant characteristic in the provision of housing, services or employment. We welcome and encourage job applications from people from any background.

If you apply to us for a job we will:

  • Recruit and promote staff based on their ability and suitability to do the work
  • Provide training and other opportunities to help you develop your skills
  • Make sure you have the necessary equipment to do your job effectively
  • Take prompt and effective action if you face harassment at work
  • Monitor our recruitment practices to ensure that we are not unintentionally disadvantaging certain groups of people and to identify ways in which we can promote equality and diversity more effectively

We have an equality and diversity working group which is made up of a cross section of staff. The purpose of the group is to review and promote action in order to comply with our equal opportunities policy and to promote equality and diversity in everything that we do.

We provide annual equality and diversity awareness training to new employees and board members. This is a general awareness course and covers discrimination and best practice across all strands including gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion faith and belief. It also raises awareness of the group's equal opportunities and dignity at work policy, the obligations on staff and to give them the confidence to challenge inappropriate language or behaviour. External training on specific equality strands is also available if identified as part of the employee's personal development plan.

LGBT staff are reassured that the group supports same sex couples and civil partnerships and all of our benefits and policies are extended to same sex couples such as pension rights and family friendly policies.

We are accredited with the Disability Confident scheme as a Disability Confident Employer. This means that we are committed to employing people with disabilities and we will guarantee an interview if you have a disability as long as you meet the minimum criteria of the job vacancy.

All of our offices are user friendly and comply with the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010. Lifts and a hearing loop are available as well as providing information in large font. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and will look at reasonable adjustments to allow you to carry out a job and work for us.

We have flexible working to ensure that you can have a work life balance and to meet your personal needs. You may want to take time out to travel or study so you could request to take sabbatical leave. Alternatively you may have caring responsibilities for children or relatives with disabilities or are elderly then you can take advantage of our family friendly policies such as flexible working, maternity and paternity and right to time off for dependents to suit your needs.

We are supportive of our staff's religious beliefs and through our flexible working hours we can accommodate prayer time and the celebration of events/holy days or practices such as fasting. You can take holiday or flexi-time, or request to change your working hours to allow you to practice your faith. Our dress code is flexible and the wearing of faith jewellery or garments is welcomed as long as it complies with our health and safety or customer service standards.

At social events, we ensure there is always a vegetarian option and soft drinks are provided. Other dietary requirements such as halal or vegan will be provided on request.

Newydd is open to you, me and everybody!