Equality and Diversity Policy

Aims
We aim to treat everyone who engages with our project equally, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Accessibility
We aim for all our meetings and events to be held in venues that are accessible to wheelchair users and we will seek to only use venues with accessible toilets and if possible a hearing loop. We will liaise with the Eastbourne Access Group, Possability People and local council officials to make sure our project is accessible to everyone and fully inclusive.

Diversity
Our project is open to everyone. We aim to promote a wide range of social and volunteering opportunities to suit the interests and meet the needs of a wide variety of people.

Inclusion and respect
Everyone engaging with our project should be made to feel equally welcome and included at all meetings and events.
Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive and inflammatory remarks and behaviour are not acceptable. These constitute harassment, and have no place in our project.

Dealing with discrimination and harassment
If anyone engaging with our project feels they have been discriminated against or harassed at a project event they should raise this with the Project Coordinators or the Directors.

The complaint will be dealt with in line with the Volunteers Network CIC complaints procedure.

Any decision to exclude a person from the organisation due to discriminatory or harassing behaviour will be made with reference to the projects’s Equality and Diversity Policy. The project will support people who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against, and will not victimise or treat them less well because they have raised this.

There is a place for everybody in our organisation, as a volunteer or as a client.

Implementation and Quality Assurance

Implementation is immediate and this Policy shall stay in force until any alterations are formally agreed by Directors. This Policy will be reviewed annually by the Directors, sooner if legislation, best practice or other circumstances indicate this is necessary.

All aspects of this Policy shall be open to review at any time. If you have any comments or suggestions on the content of this policy please contact Helen Burton, Director on 01323 381811 or eastbournevolunteers@gmail.com

Latest version updated 05/04/18