Within our Social & Vocational Programme we are proud of the social and cultural diversity of our community and see it as a strength that inspires innovation and creativity. 

We aim to provide stimulating and enriching experiences for all of our service users, which enables them to reach their full potential and develop and maintain a range of skills

Our Social and Vocational programmes provide placements to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds with diverse beliefs, values and abilities. We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

In keeping with these principles, we are committed to building an inclusive and safe learning and working environment where the values of respect and tolerance are at the heart of our provision

To help us achieve this, we have adopted a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment in our learning or workplace environments.

We are constantly striving to move beyond legal compliance towards best practice in promoting and celebrating equality and diversity. We have published a wide range of equality information that outlines how we intend to achieve our goals in relation to inclusion and fairness and how we will drive the equality and diversity agenda forward over the next few years.

We intend to promote equality and prevent discrimination through our roles as:

  • an employer; and
  • a community and/or business partner.

We will follow best practice in all equality areas and work to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination;
  • promote equality of opportunity;
  • eliminate bullying and harassment;
  • promote good relations between different groups;
  • celebrate what we have in common and capitalise on our diversity; and
  • recognise and take account of people’s differences.

Characteristics protected by equality legislation are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage/civil partnership
  • pregnancy/maternity leave
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

However, we recognise that equality issues are complex and straddle more than just those equality strands protected by equalities legislation. Life circumstances and opportunities also affect us, so we also take account of issues such as:

  • cultural and economic background
  • access to education
  • physical and social environment

This list is not exhaustive