Riverside Community Health Project Equality and Diversity Statement

Riverside is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give of their best.

To that end the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and not to discriminate because of age, disability, gender, reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of discrimination.

All employees, whether part-time, full time or temporary will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

Riverside is signed up to the ‘Positive about disability scheme’; there is a commitment to make reasonable adjustments in the interview process and in the workplace to help people with disabilities. (See Riverside’s ‘Disability recruitment and retention policy’).

Our commitment:

To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff are recognised and valued.

Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.

Training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff.

Equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense.

We will review all our employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness.; including recruitment policy and practice

Breaches of our equality policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.

This policy is fully supported by senior management and has been agreed with the Management Committee.

The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually.
We will develop and action an Equality and Diversity Action Plan