To round off our Group-wide celebrations of Pride month, the team had the pleasure of attending a special summer Pride in London party, hosted by WISH (Women in Social Housing) and HouseProud. The event was a vibrant gathering that brought together members of the Social Housing sector to celebrate, connect, and support an important cause. 

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the canal at Pollard Thomas Edwards’ beautiful offices in Islington, the evening was filled with delightful bites and refreshing summer drinks. The atmosphere was lively, with attendees mingling and exchanging ideas under the warm evening sky. 

The focus of the evening was AKT, a charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness. Attendees learned about AKT’s mission to provide safe housing and essential support for vulnerable LGBTQ+ young people. 

“AKT’s dedication to assisting LGBTQ+ youth in finding safe homes is truly inspiring. Their commitment aligns with our values, and it was enlightening to hear how we can further support their efforts.”Harvey Pipe, Apprentice Administrator – Dunhams

We also heard insightful speeches from: 

  • Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive, The Clarion Group 
  • Hayley Speed, Director of Services, AKT 

Clare and Hayley shared their valuable perspectives on the current landscape of the Social Housing sector and highlighted the impactful work of AKT. Their speeches resonated with the audience, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs within the sector. 

Our team enjoyed the opportunity to engage with industry peers, reflect on the shared goals within the Social Housing sector, and explore ways to contribute to AKT’s mission. The event was a testament to the power of community and collaboration in driving positive change. 

We are grateful to WISH and HouseProud for hosting such an inspiring evening and look forward to continuing our support for LGBTQ+ youth and celebrating diversity within our community.