Clarion Housing Group has been recognised at an awards ceremony dedicated to equality and inclusion, winning a national award for the ambassador programmes for young people run by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of the group.
The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) Awards acknowledge organisations that have taken positive steps to promote equality and diversity in the workplace.
Clarion came out on top in the Community Impact category – awarded for engagement with disadvantaged and minority groups in the community. Our National Ambassador and Community Ambassador programmes were recognised for the range of opportunities they provide for young people, including accredited training, volunteering opportunities and work placements. Both programmes are open to young Clarion Housing residents and aim to improve perceptions of young people in our communities, give them a genuine voice and provide opportunities they might not otherwise have access to.
The National Ambassadors scheme – open to 18-25 year olds – has seen ambassadors go on to work in jobs such as police officer and neighbourhood investment officer in housing, with the latest group each earning a place on the Royal Household mentoring programme. The Community Ambassador programme involves younger residents aged 11-18 in social action projects to improve their communities, with 18 groups currently active across the country.
Sandra Sanglin, Head of Corporate Responsibility, accepted the award on behalf of Clarion at the event on Tuesday 10th July.