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We are committed to promoting and advancing equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights as part of everything we do. Our values include ‘trust and respect’ – which are vital in helping us to achieve this. Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation within our working environment is a responsibility we take very seriously.

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In relation to promoting diversity and inclusiveness, our aim is to;

  • Develop and support a diverse workforce
  • Develop, commission and deliver inclusive and responsive services
  • Foster good relations with and within the community

Committed to providing an inclusive workplace

As a Timewise, Stonewall Top 100, Disability Confident and Mindful Employer organisation, we are strongly committed to promoting equality and opportunity, investing in staff training and development, and supporting employees to balance their working life with other commitments.

In 2019, we were again named as one of the best local authorities in the county for tackling anti-LGBT bullying by Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity. We have also been ranked third in Britain in the 2019 Education Equality Index.

You can look at our efforts to tackle bullying.

A place where you can be yourself

We take great pride in creating a working environment that allows our staff to feel comfortable, confident and open about who they are. Along with our staff survey, we are always looking for engagement opportunities that will help us to achieve our objectives around diversity and inclusion.

93% of our staff believe the council is committed to equality and diversity

(2019 Staff survey)

We have several working groups that promote and shape equality in our workplace. These are;

  • The Black Workers’ Group
  • The Carers Support Network
  • The Disabled Workers’ Group
  • The LGBT+ Staff Network

These groups have been instrumental in helping us to develop and implement good working practices that reflect the diverse nature of our residents and customers.

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In my role, I’ve been able to oversee the important work that the council does to represent BME workers, ensure their voices are heard when it comes to policy and ensuring equality. My manager supports my involvement with the group, and we both see the benefits to me own development.

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