Equal Opportunities Policy

Chirnside Common Good Association is committed to treating all people equally and with respect irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Aims

Chirnside Common Good Association is open to all members of the community. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone who attends our events of friendship, respect and care for each other.

In particular, we aim to treat everyone equally, regardless of their age, disability, Gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Accessibility

We will check the accessibility for those who might have issues with mobility (parking, lifts, distance between rooms used etc.). Where appropriate we will also consider the travel to and from the venue. We are committed to ensuring all members of the community can attend our events, so we will reassess our access requirements to meet their needs.

Communications

We will consider the type of media (online or print) we are using and its suitability. This includes publicity materials, both on the day and pre-/post-meeting.

When writing for the web, where suitable we will add ‘alt text’ and to make the site useable by screen readers. When printing material, we will use an appropriate print size.

We will consider the impact of any images used, especially those of people. We aim to minimise any unintentional messages, for example by the diversity of the people shown.

Where practical we will consider broadcasting the event online. If it is impossible for some people to attend, this may be a suitable way for them to be involved. A webinar might enable some to watch content after the event.

On the day of the event, we will consider providing hearing loops, and aids for the visually impaired such as engaging guides.

Diversity

Our association aims to organise a range of events and activities to suit the interests and meet the needs of a wide variety of people in our community.

The Association is open to new ideas, and particularly prioritise opportunities

for residents to share their culture heritage with one another.

Inclusion and respect

All members of the community should be made to feel equally welcome and included at all the Common Good Association meetings and events.

Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive or inflammatory remarks and behaviours are not acceptable. These constitute harassment and have no place in the Association.

Dealing with discrimination and harassment

The committee will investigate any complaints, listed to all involved. (If the complaint is against a committee member, that member will not be part of conducting the investigation)

If the complaint is against the Association as a whole. The Committee must work to ensure such discrimination is not repeated in the future, and must inform members of how they propose to do this.

The Association will support people who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against, and will not victimise or treat them less well because they have raised a complaint.

This policy was adopted at a meeting of Chirnside Common Good Association

On  13th March 2019 and will be reviewed at least every 3 years.

Signed Kevin Prior, Chairperson

Signed Linda Grey, Hon Secretary

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