We recognise that people who provide and use our services come from diverse backgrounds, with varying experiences and needs.
We aim to ensure that Equality and Diversity is at the heart of all we do as a Trust in both the services we provide, and as an employer.
We believe in Equality for all, and that every person has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, or pregnancy or maternity, marriage and civil partnerships.
We will develop and deliver services that will help to overcome discrimination and disadvantage to enable people to achieve their full potential.
We will work towards 4 broad objectives that we consider to encompass best practice:
- To develop and deliver our services to ensure they are inclusive and accessible to all.
- To ensure diversity is embedded within the values of the Trust and viewed by all as integral to all we do.
- To commit to a zero tolerance approach to discrimination and/or harassment.
- To equip our staff to deliver customer excellence within our communities.
We will regularly monitor and report on the progress we make in implementing our approach to Equality & Diversity as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.
This Equality and Diversity statement forms part of the Trustís Equality & Diversity Policy which applies to all Employees, Board members and Volunteers, and we expect our Agents and Contractors to adopt a similar approach.