Glasgow Housing Assocation

GHA

Glasgow Housing Assocation has been praised for its commitment to disabled employees.

The organisation has already received the Disability Symbol, known as the ‘double tick’, which was set up to help employers show good practice in employing disabled people.

Fiona Bennett, Disability Employment Advisor for Jobcentre Plus, has congratulated us for the practices we have put in place as part of our ‘Disability Symbol’.

She said: “We are pleased GHA has maintained its high standards in its commitment to the ‘double tick’ initiative.”

GHA offers support for disabled employees in a number of ways, for example:

  • Workplaces can be assessed and adapted according to each individual’s needs
  • Staff can access information and support through the Employee Assistance Programme – LifeWorks
  • Ongoing training courses and inductions raise awareness of disability issues
  • A dedicated Disability Group has been set up which meets four times a year and gives disabled employees the chance to raise issues.

Joan Turner, a Customer Service Advisor, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a muscle wasting disease, and uses a wheelchair.

Since she transferred from CityBuilding in March last year, a number of adaptations have been carried out to help Joan do her job. Her desk has been raised to suit her wheelchair height; she has a specific table from which she can eat her lunch and a new type of keyboard helps her type. The doors to the Customer Service Centre are now automatic and Joan has a remote control to operate them.

Joan said: “I have more freedom and flexibility to get around the office which is great. I’m able to do my job without any restrictions and my disability doesn’t come into it which is what it’s all about.”

If you feel you have a disability and need support, speak to your Line Manager. The Policy Team is holding training around the Disability Discrimination Act for frontline staff before Christmas.

For more information on employment opportunities with GHA, contact Tony McLaughlin on 0141 274 5669, or visit www.gha.org.uk.