AquaPaddle is an equal opportunities charity. We are committed to equality of opportunity and to providing a service and following practices which are free from unfair and unlawful discrimination. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no applicant or member of staff receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be relevant to performance. It seeks also to ensure that no person is victimised or subjected to any form of bullying or harassment.
AquaPaddle values people as individuals with diverse opinions, cultures, lifestyles, and circumstances. All volunteers and employees are covered by this policy, and it applies to all areas including recruitment, selection, training, deployment, crew development, and promotion. These areas are monitored, and policies and practices are amended if necessary to ensure that no unfair or unlawful discrimination, intentional, unintentional, direct, or indirect, overt, or latent exists.
The Chief Executive has responsibility for implementing and monitoring the Equality and Diversity in Employment Policy and, as part of this process, all personnel policies and procedures are administered with the objective of promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating unfair or unlawful discrimination.
All Volunteers, employees, workers or self-employed contractors whether part time, full time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for Crew, 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 the talents and resources of the workforce, both paid and volunteer, will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the Charity.
Equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and compliance with the law is to the benefit of all individuals in our Charity as it seeks to develop the skills and abilities of its people. While specific responsibility for eliminating discrimination and providing equality of opportunity lies with managers and supervisors, individuals at all levels have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect. The personal commitment of every volunteer and employee to this policy and application of its principles are essential to eliminate discrimination and provide equality throughout the Charity.
To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of our volunteers and staff are recognised and valued.
Every volunteer, employee, worker or self-employed contractor 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, whether as a volunteer or employee is good management practice and makes sound business sense.
We will review all our volunteer and employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness.
We aim to provide services to which all clients are entitled regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, offending past, caring responsibilities, or social class.
We will make sure that our services are delivered equally and meet the diverse needs of our service users and clients by assessing and meeting the diverse needs of our clients.
This policy is fully supported by our Trustees and senior management.
This policy will be monitored and reviewed annually.
We have clear procedures that enable our volunteers, clients, candidates for jobs and employees to raise a grievance or make a complaint if they feel they have been unfairly treated.
Breaches of our equality and diversity policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
We are committed to ensuring that the LGBTQ+ community is made to feel welcome and included at all AquaPaddle sessions. AquaPaddle will also be showing our solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community by participating where possible in events throughout the delivery year.
Review Date 1 Sept 23