The Association values the diversity of individuals and will seek to ensure that the diversity in our society is reflected in its workforce, among its residents and Board Members. The Association believes that diversity adds value to the Association and enables it to further meet the needs of the diverse individuals and communities it serves.
The Association aspires to be an organisation where the diversity of individuals is fully respected, celebrated and encouraged and where equality and diversity permeates throughout the whole Association and all of its activities.
The Association aims to promote a positive environment and culture among its residents, employees and Board Members where everyone is valued and no one is treated less favourably unless there is an objective justification permissible under the Equality Act.
The Association will provide accessible services to all, without bias or prejudice.
The Association will ensure that everyone is treated fairly, has equal access to services and is not discriminated against, harassed or victimised. The organisation will respond effectively if incidents of discrimination including direct, indirect, harassment or victimisation are thought to have occurred.
The Association recognises that equal opportunities means treating everyone fairly based on their individual needs and that it is not necessarily about treating everyone the same. It will seek to make reasonable adjustments to its activities and to how it operates as a business, to ensure so far as is practicable, everyone is treated fairly.
The Single Equality Scheme and action plan ensures that equality and diversity is an integral part of the Group’s practices, the People Strategy supports the business aim to fully integrate the scheme.
The Group aims to deliver services that are equally accessible to all customers and will implement robust policies that will ensure equality in the recruitment and development of employees.
The Group strives to provide a positive working environment and maintains awareness of diversity issues both with regard to employment policies and the service delivery.
The Equality and Diversity Review Group was established in 2012, this group will ensure that Equality Impact Assessments are carried out on all the Group’s strategies and polices as they are reviewed or developed.
The organisations within the group have a general duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between people who share a relevant characteristic and persons who do not.
The group is committed to providing a bilingual service and includes the Welsh Language as part of the Single Equality Scheme.
The Group is recognised for being positive about disabled people with the ‘Two Ticks’ scheme.This is a recognition given by the Department for Work and Pensions to employers who have agreed to take positive action to meet five commitments in employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.
- Interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
- Ask disabled employees at least once a year what we can do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities at work.
- Make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
- Take action to ensure that key employees develop the awareness of disability needed to make our commitments work.
- Each year, review these commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let all employees know about progress and future plans.