Indian Cultural Society Aylesbury – Equality and Diversity Policy

This policy has been in place so that all group members are aware of what is expected of them, and so that all potential members will know that they can expect fair treatment from the group and individual members.

Indian Cultural Society believes that having an equal opportunities policy on the books is only the first step in promoting equality and reducing discrimination. Our members will be made aware of the policy via the group’s website and newsletters. The policy may also be marketed, at the end of group emails or on group literature. Indian Cultural Society actively looks for ways to promote equality in our events and day to day work. Partnering with other community groups and using companies and organisations which also promote equal opportunities for the group’s goods and services are actively practiced.

Policy Statement

Indian Cultural Society Aylesbury is committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in both its role as a community organisation and as an organiser of events. Indian Cultural Society aims to create a culture that respects and values each other’s differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We are committed wherever practicable to achieving and maintaining a group that broadly reflects the local community in which we operate.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our members and guests in meetings, events and not to discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

Indian Cultural Society opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All committee members, volunteers, and guests, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for committee, volunteering or any other benefit will be on the basis of skills and ability.

Principles

Indian Cultural Society’s commitment to Equality and Diversity is:

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our members, committee members and volunteers are recognised and valued.
  • To create a working environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.
  • To ensure progression opportunities are available to all.
  • To promote equality in the group functions.
  • To regularly review all employment and volunteering practices and procedures to ensure individual is not treated less favourably than others.
  • To regularly review services to ensure they are accessible and appropriate to all groups within society.
  • To treat breaches of the equality policy seriously and to take disciplinary action when required.
  • To provide information committee members and volunteers so that they are fully aware of the issues relating to Equality and Diversity and their responsibilities relating to it.
  • To develop Equality Action plan, to ensure our Equality and Diversity policy is fully implemented.
  • To ensure the policy is fully supported by the Executive Committee.
  • To monitor and review the policy annually.

Indian Cultural Society will act positively in using the Equality and Diversity Policy as a means of making public its commitment to provide equal opportunities to all present and future members, committee members and volunteers.

Indian Cultural Society Executive Committee reflects the diversity of the member organisations and the population of Aylesbury and surrounding areas.

Advertising

Indian Cultural Society will use a range of advertising methods in order to attract the widest pool of appropriate volunteers and members. All our advertising will appear on our website, newsletter and announced in meetings. We ensure that we do not exclude, discriminate against, or discourage any particular group/ individual from applying nor make it difficult for any one from such a group to apply. We provide clear instructions about obtaining the membership pack.

Special needs and requirements for people with disabilities or caring responsibilities will be taken into account whenever practicable and methods sought to help them overcome disabilities in taking up attendance to our events.

Indian Cultural Society will take seriously any complaints of discrimination and will not victimise people who make such complaints.

Bullying and Harassment:

Indian Cultural Society reserves the right of all members and volunteers to be treated with respect and dignity and to work in an atmosphere free of bullying and harassment. All members and volunteers are responsible for ensuring that their own behaviour is sensitive to others and for ensuring that they do not condone or support the bullying or harassing behaviour of others. All complaints of bullying and harassment will be treated seriously.  All complaints will be investigated and where appropriate, the feedback will be provided.

Indian Cultural Society will endeavour to ensure that its services to and for the voluntary sector are sensitive and appropriate to respond to the needs of all groups, whenever practicable, i.e. taking account of the needs of minority groups.

Indian Cultural Society will take care to avoid unintentionally discriminatory passages appearing in published, printed or spoken material.

 

Responsibility

It is the Chairperson’s responsibility with the support of the Executive Committee to ensure the implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy. Appropriate funds will be sought to implement approved aspects of the Policy which require special and additional resources.

All committee members and volunteers have the individual responsibility to:

  • Follow procedures introduced to ensure equal opportunity and non-discrimination;
  • To draw the attention of management to suspected or alleged discriminatory practices;
  • To refrain from harassing or intimidating other members or volunteers, clients or visitors of Indian Cultural Society on any of the grounds cited in the policy statement.

 

 

Ira Bhattacharya (President)

May 2014

 

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