Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are the foundation of a healthy, happy and successful workplace, community and society.

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Diversity - All the differences between us based on which we experience advantages or encounter barriers to opportunities. Diversity isn’t just about racial differences.

Equity - Allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognises that advantages and barriers exist.

Inclusion - Fostering a sense of belonging by centering, valuing, and amplifying the voices, perspectives and styles of those who experience more barriers based on their identities.

A combination of DEI with an intersectional social justice lens helps to represent the voices of those most historically oppressed and marginalised in our society.

Here are some crucial documents to note for practicing DEI effectively within your organisation:

Policies and procedures – as you grow you will find more need for policies and procedures. Most Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) will be able to help with this and may have sample policies and templates. See the list here to find your local London CVS.  

Relevant to this topic – see the Safeguarding Adults – Guidance on developing a policy on Voluntary Action Islington’s resource page here