03 July 2015

Championing equality and diversity

Equality and DiversityTo celebrate and encourage inclusivity in the workplace, our Trust is on a quest to find equality and diversity champions amongst our staff. These champions will act as role models, recognising that people with certain characteristics have different needs and that some of these people suffer more disadvantage and discrimination than others.

Protected characteristics encompass age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. Our approach is shaped by legislation, our commitment to support and develop staff and our respect of diversity within our workforce, service users and carers.

At a training session held this week, staff were reminded that equality is not about treating everyone the same. It is about providing equality of opportunity to our staff, service users and their carers by taking into account their needs and responding appropriately.

Mayur Bhatt, our new Equality and Diversity Advisor, who has a wealth of experience gained from working with the police, housing and voluntary sector says "The training for staff was really well received. Participants said they got a lot out of the day and it helped them to think about these important issues. We will now get all our champions together so we can create a plan to further promote equality and diversity in the work place and with our interactions with service users and carers".

Equality and diversity champions will challenge discrimination or harassment and help create a positive, non-judgemental environment, so that everyone feels safe and comfortable to be themselves throughout our Trust.

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