UPTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING CENTRE

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Equal Opportunities Policy

 

The Upton Community Library is committed to promoting and valuing equality & diversity in all of our activities.  We welcome and celebrate the diversity of the communities in Upton and the surrounding area and are strongly committed to achieving equal opportunities and access for all people and groups in society.

 

This policy statement has been drawn up after consulting Wakefield MDC and is designed to complement the Council’s own Equality and Diversity policies that reflect the Public Sector Equality Duty enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.

 

Equality & Diversity is the cornerstone of all of our policies and procedures.  We are proud of the actions we take to eliminate discrimination and prejudice to ensure inclusion and engagement for all the people who work and volunteer with us or wish to use our services. We will continue to strive towards a culture that is diverse and which recognises and develops the potential of all our staff, volunteers and service users and we will go above and beyond the minimum legal requirements in order to achieve this.

 

Equality

 

Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances.  Equality of opportunity is about everyone being evaluated fairly and being to able to progress purely on the basis of their merit. It encompasses a range of employment legislation that’s been put into place to prevent people being treated unfavourably on the basis of a range of specific factors:

 

  •  Race
  •  Nationality
  •  Ethnic or National origin
  •  Gender/sex
  •  Marital status or civil partnership
  •  Maternity or pregnancy
  •  Religion or belief
  •  Sexual orientation
  •  Disability
  •  Gender re-assignment
  •  Age

 

People must not be unfairly discriminated against because of any of these factors and we must all contribute to creating a positive learning and working environment where discriminatory practices and discrimination no longer happen.

 

Diversity

 

Diversity is about respecting and valuing all forms of difference in individuals and positively striving to meet the needs of different people. It goes beyond equal opportunities legislation, encompassing any aspect of an individual that isn’t directly related to their ability to do a specific job or undertake a particular task such as:

 

  •  Approach to work
  •  Values
  •  Experience
  •  Family commitments
  •  Where someone lives

 

People with different backgrounds and attitudes bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and as a diverse organisation we can draw upon the widest range of experiences so that we can offer the best services possible and be a welcoming place to work.

 

However, Diversity does not mean ‘anything goes’ – we would not encourage any particular attitudes or beliefs if they contradict our organisation’s goals.

 

The UptonCommunity Library will always try to uphold and promote good equal opportunities practices. We will not tolerate:

Direct Discrimination: According to the Equality Act, treating people less favourably than others on any of the grounds listed above.

Indirect discrimination: This means applying a provision, criterion or practice which disadvantages people on any of the grounds listed above.

Harassment: The legislation defines harassment as unwanted conduct that violates people’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

The Upton Community Library does not impose any restriction on access to membership, activities or services. People are welcome to join regardless of:

  •  Age
  •  Race
  •  Immigration status
  •  Marital status
  •  Religion
  •  Gender or gender re-assignment
  •  Sexual orientation
  •  Disability
  •  Health including physical, mental and HIV status
  •  Education
  •  Social or economic background
  •  Spent criminal convictions
  •  Country of origin

The Upton Community Library positively seeks out opportunities to engage with potential new members which will develop our group, and give them opportunity to access activities and services which otherwise would not happen.

The Upton Community Library strives to implement its objectives by:

  •  regularly reviewing its membership
  •  listening to its members
  •  ensuring that information about The Upton Community Library and its activities are widely available locally
  •  meeting with other relevant local agencies including Wakefield MDC and community libraries in the Wakefield district to discuss possible new developments
  •  ensuring that its activities and services are varied to meet the needs of our vibrant and diverse community

 

 

 

 

The Upton Community Library will actively seek training opportunities to develop and implement effective policies on equality and diversity.

 

 

 

Failure to comply with the principles of this policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.

Date Statement Agreed:         9th November 2012

 

 

Signed: …………………………………………………………

 

Chair

 

 

Signed:            …………………………………………………………

 

Secretary