Advancing Rights and Increasing Fairness
Increasing the provision of accessible housing
- We made a significant contribution to the EHRC Inquiry into Housing and Disabled people, having influence on the renewed focus on accessible housing in Wales. We developed a toolkit on housing and disability for Welsh councillors on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- We raised awareness of key housing accessibility issues and solutions in the housing press, through our Good Practice Briefings and a strategic seminar.
- We helped shape Action on Disability, the new Welsh Government framework outlining government commitment and action on independent living of disabled people
- We worked closely with refugee organisations and other partners to drive improvements in asylum accommodation in Wales, including providing evidence to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
- We helped our members consider the implications of key housing and equality policy developments via regular briefings, updates, our newsletter and WHENetwork.
- We launched Closing the Gap: a report analysis the Gender Pay Gap in Welsh Housing Associations which highlighted key issues and solutions and was launched at CHC leadership conference.
- Our Well-being of Future Generations Act briefing event offered our members an opportunity to consider the links between equality, housing, the well-being goals and the 5 ways of working – keeping members up to date with the current equality policy agenda.
The QED Award, launched this year in Cardiff and Llandudno, is the culmination of many years work towards a quality standard for housing associations to review and help them improve their work on equality and diversity. This prestigious accreditation provides a comprehensive, Wales-specific framework for reviewing and improving the equality and diversity impact of organisations across governance, services, access, involvement and culture.
- We worked closely with Melin Homes to develop the QED process and they were on track to become the first Welsh housing association to achieve the award at the end of 2017-18.
- Melin has already seen an impact from their work with a change in staff culture, increased board and tenant engagement, and a thriving equality and diversity working group.
- We started the process with 3 more RSL’s and are pleased to have agreements in place to work with many more to make a real change
Running an Innovative and Proactive Organisation
The appointment of a full time Communications and Marketing Officer has had an immediate impact on the way that Tai Pawb has been able to express itself and increase awareness of the vital work we do.
- 5,000 people viewed pages on our website this year with nearly a fifth of these being linked directly via social media.
- We have seen our messaging become more coordinated and consistent across the year which has helped increase both the number of followers, and the impressions and engagement for each tweet.
- We are also beginning to embrace more videos and graphics to engage with our followers and get our voice heard in a more effective way.
In July 2017 Tai Pawb launched its brand new and innovative private rented sector project ‘Open Doors’. Official launch events were held at the end of September 2017 where we took the project ‘on the road’ and visited 15 different venues across the three local authorities where we are working, engaging with 257 people.
Following our launch we attended and presented at a number of events and conferences to promote our project and its aims including Landlords Forums in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil, the All Wales People First Annual Conference, the Cymorth Cymru Homelessness Symposium and a Student Housing Advice event.
We set up and recruited members for our Advisory Group, and launched our online hub. We were successful in recruiting tenant and landlord champions for the project, and our champions have completed a number of activities including attending events with us, sharing their experiences through video and writing blogs which have been included on our online hub.
We also worked with Housing Studies students from Cardiff Metropolitan University, who will be undertook research for us as part of their assignments, which will be used to help us write tenant and landlord guides.
To the end of March 2018, we have achieved:
- 6 tenant champions, 4 landlord champions
- 102 tenants reported increased awareness of their rights and responsibilities through accessing outreach services and training
- 341 tenants were able to access information on their rights and responsibilities on online hub
- 13 landlords noted they felt more confident in letting to diverse and vulnerable tenants following using project services
- 65 landlords reported an increased knowledge of the requirements of equality legislation following using project services
- 37 landlords said that they knew more about their own legal responsibilities on equality and diversity, and were better able to apply the equality knowledge following training
- 62 landlords said they felt more confident following attendance at events