Housing company shares its “Pride” at LGBT event

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Equality and diversity, Find a home, Get involved - ways to get involved, News.

Hundreds of people attending Newcastle Pride 2016 last weekend got the chance to meet our employees and find out about the services we provide across Gateshead.

Newcastle Pride aims to reduce homophobia, promote awareness of equality, and unite lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the region.

The Gateshead Housing Company’s Lettings Team was at the ever-popular event, raising awareness of the company’s work as an inclusive landlord.

Lettings Assistant Michele Harland said: “Many people don’t realise that we have homes available for rent now, without spending time on a long waiting list.

“There are big advantages to renting from us rather than a private landlord – such as regular scheduled maintenance, support from housing officers, and repairs reporting 24/7.”

“To see the latest properties for rent simply subscribe to our weekly email.”

Jon Mallen-Beadle, Managing Director and Corporate Lead on Equality at The Gateshead Housing Company, thought the event was a great way to engage with residents.

He said: “This was the ninth time we have attended and co-sponsored Pride and its parade and each year we gain invaluable views on housing from the LGBT community.

“We have recently launched our Equality and Inclusion Scheme 2016-2019 and Pride is an ideal opportunity for us to show our support to LGBT people as inclusive landlords.”

Simon Hand from the housing company’s Involvement Team was also at the event, letting customers know about the many ways they can get involved to shape our services.

Simon said: “Hundreds of attendees got to find out more about the various housing groups they can get involved in, as well as our free Moving Forward courses.”

Newcastle Pride is one of many events the housing company is attending this summer, as it aims to promote its work as as an inclusive landlord to as many Gateshead residents as possible.

Residents wanting to know more about events the company is taking part in or ways to get involved can visit our website, call 0191 433 5357, text ‘INVOLVE’ and their message to 0778 620 8277 or email involve@gatesheadhousing.co.uk

See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.