equality & diversity

Pilning Village Hall - Equality and Diversity Policy

Charity Number: 301605

AIMS:

Pining   Village   Hall   Management   Committee   (The   Committee)   recognises  and  values people’s differences and will assist them, whenever possible, to use their talents to reach their full potential.The Committee will do all it can to ensure it recruits people based on their qualifications, experience and abilities for all roles within the organisation.

This  Policy  is  designed  to  ensure  that  The  Committee  complies  with  its  obligations under  equality legislation and demonstrates our commitment to treating all people equally and fairly.

The Committee is unreservedly opposed to any form of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (defined as Protected Characteristics).

Using fair and objective practices, The Committee aims to ensure that all members of The Committee, its employees, potential employees, volunteers and service-users:

  • will be treated fairly at all times

  • have  the  right  to  be  free  from  harassment  and  bullying  of  any  description  or  any other  form  of unwanted behaviour

  • will have an equal chance to contribute and to achieve their potential, irrespective of any

  • defining feature that may give rise to unfair discrimination

  • have  the  right  to  be  free  from  discrimination  because  they  associate  with  another 

  • person  who possesses a Protected Characteristic or because others perceive that they have a

  • particular Protected Characteristic, even if they do not.

 

SCOPE:

This Policy applies to all members of The Committee, its employees, potential employees, volunteers and service-users.

This  policy  applies  to  all  stages  of  employment  including  recruitment  and  selection, promotion  and training.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibility for approving, developing and implementing The  Policy  and monitoring that it is being followed, rests with The Committee.

All members of The Committee, its employees, potential employees, volunteers and service-users have a duty  to  act  within  this  Policy,  to  ensure  it  is  followed  and  to  draw  attention  to any  suspected discriminatory acts or practices.

 

IMPLEMENTATION:

All members of The  Committee, its employees and volunteers will be involved in creating an equality environment and one that values diversity.

This Policy will be brought to the attention of members of The Committee, its employees and volunteers, and to prospective employees, by giving them an electronic or paper copy of the Policy.


In selecting any partners, The  Committee  will consider their commitment to Equality and Diversity by asking to inspect their Equality and Diversity Policy.

Our services have been made accessible by providing entry ramps and an accessible toilet.

REPORTING:

The  Committee  will  not  tolerate  any  harassment  from  third  parties  towards  its  members, employees, volunteers or service-users and will take appropriate action to prevent it happening again.

Anyone who feels that they have suffered any form of discrimination or harassment should raise the issue by contacting the Chairman of The Committee, or another member of The Committee if the Chairman is the person to be reported. If a member of The Committee, employee, volunteer or service-user witnesses behaviour on the premises maintained by The Committee which they find offensive in relation to the Protected

Characteristics, even if it is not directed at them, they should also use this procedure.

 

MONITORING AND REVIEW:

This  Policy  will  be  monitored  through  discussion,  in  meetings  of  The  Committee,  of  any  reported incidents in order to judge its effectiveness and to identify areas for improvement.

This Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it continues to reflect the needs and practices of The Committee.

This  Policy  will also be reviewed if legislation changes or if monitoring information suggests that   the policy or practices should be altered.

This Policy was formally adopted by Pilning Village Hall Management Committee at its Meeting on:

23rd February 2015

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