We have welcomed Dawn Butler, MP for Brent and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, to a celebration of Black History.
The event was held to mark the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK which is celebrated throughout October. Our employees were treated to music and Caribbean food, as well as displays showcasing inspirational people and the company’s diversity.
Staff have been learning about ‘hidden heroes’ of black history throughout October, learning some of the less mainstream stories of people from minority backgrounds who have great stories to tell.
Dawn Butler paid a visit to Network Homes’ office in Wembley to speak about the importance of diversity in the working. Butler has been MP for Brent Central since 2010. Network Homes’ Wembley office is located in the Brent Central constituency.
Helen Evans, Chief Executive of Network Homes said: “Working in London we are fortunate to be surrounded by different cultures every day. We have been celebrating Black History Month at Network Homes as we want to recognise the diversity of our staff and residents. Having people working here from different backgrounds brings unique knowledge, skills and experience to Network Homes and we’re lucky to benefit from it.”
At Network Homes, 37.7% of the workforce is BAME and 32% of managers are BAME. According to the BITC Diversity Benchmark in the public and private sectors BAME managers make up 7.6% and 8.9% of the workforce respectively.