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Equality and Diversity

Here at Great Places Everybody Counts

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion plays a central role in supporting the delivery of our social purpose, and it sits at the heart of everything we do. At Great Places we challenge discrimination because we believe that everyone should be treated fairly and equally. We celebrate the diversity of our people because our differences make us stronger. We support our colleagues to be their true selves because we know they will be at their best and do their best.

Race and religion counts forum

Our Race and Religion Counts Forum is a network group and forum for our diverse ethnic colleagues who are keen to promote equality and tackle racism in our society.

The forum is also open to colleagues of faith/religious belief, or those interested in learning more about cultural and religious diversity.

LGBT+ Counts Forum

LGBT+ Counts is our network group and forum for LGBT+ colleagues and allies. Connect with other LGBT+ colleagues, find out how to get involved in Pride, or share ideas and feedback on what we are doing well and areas we can improve in.

Other forums

Gender Counts Forum

Supporting colleagues of all genders to ensure that our workplace is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Disability Counts Forum

Disability Counts is a network group and forum for colleagues who identify as having a disability or long-term health condition. It is also open to colleagues who are keen to help make our workplaces and communities more inclusive and accessible to the needs of disabled people.

Parents and Carers Count Forum

Parents and Carers Count is a network group and forum for colleagues who are parents or who have caring responsibility. The forum is also open to those who have personal or work interest in supporting the rights of parents and carers.

Supporting the Change

Our "˜Supporting the Change' forum provides peer support to colleagues who are menopausal, perimenopausal and post-menopausal. The forum also provides information and advice to all colleagues who are keen to learn more about menopause and support their colleagues, family or loved ones who are going through the menopause process.

News & Blog

LGBT+ Flag


Article by: Damian Beaumont

A game changer: the UK’s first LGBTQ+ extra-care housing scheme gets go ahead

Great Places customer Bill Moss from Openshaw Court in Swinton, was one community member featured in a recent article in The Guardian about the UK’s first LGBTQ+ extra care housing scheme. The scheme will look to support older LGBTQ+ people whose loneliness has been exacerbated by the pandemic. In the article, Bill shares his honest […]

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week


Article by: Damian Beaumont

Celebrating Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

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Pride in Aging


Article by: Damian Beaumont

Ground-breaking new artist residency scheme to explore LGBT visibility in older people’s homes

We’re delighted to be taking part in a ground-breaking new artist residency project that will shed light on LGBT people’s experiences of sheltered housing and independent living schemes while looking at how LGBT visibility can be improved in these settings. The Back in the Closet project will see five artists paired with five older persons’ housing schemes […]

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