What a Wonderful World Trust (The Charity)
ACCEPTS that in society certain groups or individuals are denied equality on the grounds of race, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, disability, gender re-assignment, age, social class, sexual orientation and religion/belief or any other factor irrelevant to the purpose in view. WELCOMES the statutory requirements laid down in the Equalities Act 2010; https:// www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/ advice-and-guidance/your-rights-under-equality-act-2010 https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/ en/publication-download/equal-pay-statutory-code-practice
Note: the Equalities Act replaced the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976 and supplements the Equal Pay Act 1970 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1970/41/ enacted
and is committed to complying with the Equalities Act 2010 with such other Acts and statutory requirements furthering equality of opportunity for all as also apply to its charitable activities. RECOGNISES that it has moral and social responsibilities that go beyond the provisions of the above- mentioned Acts and Regulations, and that it should support and contribute to the wider process of change through all aspects of its work and practices in order to eliminate discrimination and promote equality and diversity.
IS COMMITTED to taking positive steps to ensure that:
✓ all people are treated with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all;
✓ equality of opportunity and diversity is promoted;
✓ programmes are accessible, appropriate and delivered fairly to all;
✓ the mix of its employees, any staff, volunteers and any committees reflects, as far as possible, the broad mix of the population of its local community;
✓traditionally disadvantaged sections of the community are encouraged to participate in policy
decisions about, and the management of the services provided.
Equal Opportunities – Policy & Procedures
This policy applies to all Trustees, any staff, volunteers, any management committee members, users and the general public.
Equality and diversity are central to the work of The Charity.
The Charity will treat all people with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all. It will promote equality of opportunity and diversity. It will eliminate all forms of discrimination on grounds of race, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, disability, gender re-assignment, age, social class, sexual orientation, religion/ belief, irrelevant offending background or any other factor irrelevant to the purpose in view.
It will tackle social exclusion, inequality, discrimination and disadvantage.
For this policy to be successful, it is essential that everyone is committed to and involved in its delivery. The Charity’s goal is to work towards a just society free from discrimination, harassment and prejudice. The Charity aims to embed this in all its policies, procedures, day-to-day practices and external relationships.
The Charity aims to:
✓ Provide programmes that are accessible according to need;
✓Promote equality of opportunity and diversity in volunteering, employment and development;
✓ Create effective partnerships with all parts of our community.
The Charity’s objective is to realise its standards by:
✓ Sustaining, regularly evaluating and continually improving its services to ensure equality and diversity principles and best practice are embedded in our performance to meet the needs of individuals and groups;
✓ Working together with the community to provide accessible and relevant programme provision that responds to programme users’ needs;
✓ Ensuring volunteers and trustees are representative of the community served and the employment policies are fair and robust;
✓ Responding to volunteer’s & any employees’ needs and encouraging their development to increase their contribution to effective programme delivery;
✓ Recognising and valuing the differences and individual contribution that all people make to The Charity;
✓ Challenging discrimination;
✓ Providing fair resource allocation;
✓ Being accountable.
Why have this policy?
The Charity recognises, respects and values diversity in its Trustees, any employees, volunteers and programme users.
The Charity has this policy because it realises that it must always ensure it meets the needs of the community through fair and appropriate employment and development of the people who work with and volunteer for The Charity.
Responsibility for Implementation
This policy covers the behaviour of all people employed or volunteering in The Charity or using the services and sets out the way they can expect to be treated in turn by The Charity. The overall responsibility for ensuring adherence to and implementation of this policy lies with the Trustees.
Method of Implementation
The Charity intends to implement this policy by:
✓ Ensuring that it is a condition of paid employment in The Charity;
✓ Ensuring that Trustees, any committee members, volunteers are made aware, understand, agree with, and are willing to implement, this policy. Volunteers and any staff will be given a copy of this policy as part of their induction;
✓ Actively encouraging Trustees and volunteers to participate in anti-discriminatory training, and making time and resources available for such training;
✓ Monitoring the programmes, publicity and events provided by The Charity, to ensure that they are accessible to all sections of the population and do not discriminate, and taking active steps to ensure that participation is representative.
Monitoring and Reviewing
The Charity has declared its commitment to establishing, developing, implementing and reviewing a policy of equality of opportunity. Effective record keeping and monitoring, and acting on information gathered, are essential in order to measure effectiveness and plan progress. The Trustee will review the policy annually.
Policy approved by the Trustees 12th April 2023
Date of Change:
This document has been adapted for use by What a Wonderful World Trust from text provided for the use of charities by © 2021 Small Charity Support.