E​qual Opportunities

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          Equal Opportunities Policy                                                           

 

     Introduction
 

Diversity means having a wide range of different people with different perspectives involved throughout our organisation.
Equal opportunities means making sure everyone has a fair and equal chance to work for our organisation or to access our goods, activities and services.

     Policy

Achieving diversity depends on offering equality of opportunity.
Equal opportunities means making sure that one person is not treated less favourably than another person because of their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage / civil partnership
  • Pregnancy / maternity​
  • Race, colour, ethnic or national origins
  • Religion, creed or belief
  • Gender or sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Responsibilities for dependants
  • Socio-economic background
  • Political beliefs
  • Offending background
  • Employment status
  • Any other factor that can give rise to unfair treatment


Safe Space recognises that some users of its services may, because of their past or present distress or illness, say or do things which would otherwise be unacceptable and incompatible with Safe Space’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy.  Safe Space will do all it can to challenge such behaviour. In cases where intervention is possible a gentle approach will be adopted which aims to alter attitudes and behaviour while maintaining support for the distressed client.

Safe Space recognises that talent and potential are distributed across the population and that we will do best as an organisation if we are able to attract and retain staff and volunteers from the widest possible spectrum.

Safe Space values inclusiveness and is committed to the principles of equal opportunities in all aspects of volunteering and provision of activities / services.

Safe Space recognises that some members of the community have been affected by discrimination and that as a result, they may be denied the opportunity to participate equally and fully in e.g. community life, sport, the arts and/or the opportunity to full and equal access to services, learning opportunities.

It is the intention of Safe Space to work to ensure that no current or potential volunteers, trustees, members or beneficiaries are treated less favourably as a result of discrimination whether intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect.

Safe Space believes everyone has a role to play in ensuring fairness towards colleagues and towards the community we serve. Safe Space therefore seeks to promote an atmosphere in which all people have regard for one another’s rights and everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

    Disabled Access

Safe Space will endeavour to ensure, as far as is practicable, that all the premises it uses have disabled access. When considering new premises, every effort will be made to ensure such premises are fully accessible.

    Use of Language

Volunteers and service users should avoid and challenge the use of language which, in any way, belittles anyone

Where the language used has a personal impact on others, and it has been made clear to the person concerned that their use of such language is unwelcome and/or offensive, disciplinary action may be taken if they persist with it.

All materials used or developed by Safe Space will be judged in the light of the promotion of equal opportunities, and those considered to be discriminatory will not be used.

 
It is our intention to follow practices which actively work to eliminate discrimination.

Safe Space will ensure that these practices comply with all prevailing relevant legislation, currently the Equalities Act (2010).
Safe Space intends to monitor its diversity and the effectiveness of its equal opportunities activities.
Safe Space is committed to regular review of its policies and procedures to ensure they continue to promote diversity and equality of opportunity.

Overall responsibility for this policy and its implementation lies with the board of Trustees.

 
                  Adopted on: 22/03/15
               Last reviewed: 22/03/15