Diversity, equality & inclusion

Equality & Diversity Policy Statement

The Cellar Trust is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and a safe and supportive experience for the people using our services. We are also committed to avoiding unlawful discrimination across all aspects of the organisation and to ensuring that our services do not directly or indirectly discriminate against clients or potential clients.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all employees and to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplaces are free from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, age, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy related reasons and religious or philosophical beliefs. These are known as “protected characteristics”.

As a provider of services we will work with the people of our communities to continually assess and understand their changing needs. We will use the insight they give us to plan and deliver the right services, support and information to increase accessibility and choice.

We recognise that policy statements in themselves do not create equality of opportunity or promote diversity. We will therefore take action to combat discrimination, promote equal opportunities and value diversity.

Such action includes:

  • Providing our staff and volunteers with relevant diversity training
  • Dealing with all cases of harassment, discrimination and victimisation under the relevant grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Ensuring that the design and delivery of services does not directly or indirectly compromise the service needs of clients on the basis of any of their protected characteristics
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and recognising that no clients, employees, volunteers or customers should experience discrimination on any grounds
  • Encouraging diversity among our workforce
  • Challenge practices and institutions which discriminate against or curb the rights of particular individuals or groups

Gender Inclusive Pronouns and Preferred Gender Pronouns

You may have noticed that some of our team include their Preferred Gender Pronouns in their email signatures. Sometimes a person’s gender identity (the way the person identifies internally in terms of their gender) doesn’t align with their gender expression (the way they look), and not everyone identifies strictly as male or female. Here at The Cellar Trust we always want to provide an inclusive environment, which is why we believe it’s important to support Gender Inclusive Pronouns and Preferred Gender Pronouns.

A message from Kim, our CEO, and all of Team Cellar – 7th June 2020

Over recent weeks the stark reality of the disproportionate effect of Covid on BAME communities has slapped us in the face. Yet this, should in reality be no surprise, when the huge inequalities in our society have been presented to us time and time again, for as long as any of us can remember.

The deeply distressing death of George Floyd has rightly brought us together in our assertion that Black Lives Matter. For the majority of us, the fact that this statement is needed feels almost absurd. And yet before our eyes we see the violence unfolding, the hatred of people of colour and the disturbing levels of racism. But these overt displays show the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the covert, institutional racism as well as the everyday racism, dressed up as ignorance. These are the things which drive the pervasive inequalities which kill many more, every day.

So many of us devote much of our lives to social justice but what is clear is that doing this is not enough. If we care about health inequalities we care about anti-racism and it is not enough for this to be an implied message. We must all be explicit in our fight. Whatever the colour of our skin we need to pull together. The path is not straight forward. It is fraught with complexities. There is a need for us to educate ourselves, listen deeply to others, reflect on our thoughts, behaviours and actions, and be willing to learn. We must also be willing to acknowledge when we have been wrong or have fallen short.

As we look around us and feel sad, angry and sickened, we must turn these things into agency, passion and a collective drive to make things better.

Ignorance is not an excuse, helpless is not an excuse. There are no excuses.

I will do better, The Cellar Trust will do better, we all must do better.