Equality & Diversity Policy and Proceedure

Registered Charity No: 523074

Equality & Diversity Policy and Procedure

Introduction

The Ormside Village Hall Management Committee acknowledges that the United Kingdom is diverse in culture, race, beliefs and religion and believes that no individual or group of people should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, colour, race, nationality, racial or national origins, cultural heritage, disability, marital status, social background, sexual orientation or geographical location. The Committee acknowledges that members of these groups are often under represented, exposed to prejudice and stereotyping, and suffer various disadvantages within our society.

The purpose of this Policy Statement is to set out clearly the positive action that Ormside Village Hall Management Committee intends to take to combat direct and indirect discrimination in employment policy, management of the organisation, relationships with other bodies, and the services it provides to the community, community organisations and individuals.

Ormside Village Hall Management Committee:

  • Will challenge practices, legislation and institutions, which seek to discriminate against or deny the rights of individuals or groups unless permitted by legislation.
  • Will seek to take positive action to address the inequalities in our society.
  • Is committed to the equality and diversity procedure set out in this document and will work to develop, improve and monitor it.

Legislation

The Ormside Village Hall Management Committee acknowledges the definitions of various groups of people who are vulnerable to discrimination as set out in the relevant legislation. The Committee will support and implement the legislation and will work to ensure that no person protected by the legislation is discriminated against unlawfully, and that any positive obligations and duties are performed as is reasonably practicable.

The Committee gives the following specific commitments:

Disabled

The Committee recognises that the legislation applies to persons who are learning disabled, physically disabled, sensory impaired, those with mental health conditions or disadvantaged by a long – term medical condition.

 Age

The Committee believes that people of all ages have skills experiences and ideas which are equally valid.

 Ethnic Minorities

The Committee will be alert to any implications of its services and actions for potential unlawful discrimination. The Committee will challenge racism in any form.

Gender and Sexual Orientation

Sexist practices and attitudes (including those which may relate to sexual orientation and gender re-assignment) will be challenged.

Religion and Belief

The Committee endorses the right of each individual to his or her own religious beliefs or the absence of a belief.

 Code of Conduct

Ormside Village Hall Management Committee undertakes that:

  1. People will be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. People’s feelings and views will be valued and respected. Language or humour that people find offensive will not be used or tolerated, e.g. racist jokes or derogatory terminology.
  3. No one will be harassed, abused or intimidated. Incidents of harassment will be taken seriously, and the Ormside Village Hall Management Committee will undertake investigations of any complaints quickly, impartially and thoroughly.

 

Created September 2015/Reviewed 2017
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