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Equity, diversity and inclusion

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This page describes ways that voluntary organisations can embed equity, diversity and inclusion into their response to the covid-19 pandemic. The page gives links to evidence of the inequalities exposed by the pandemic and practical tips for taking action. It is primarily for leaders in voluntary organisations but may be helpful to all staff and volunteers.

Inequalities in a pandemic

Support for groups working with and led by diverse groups

Taking an inclusive approach to covid-19  

    • Now is the time to address racial inequalities in our sector   
    • Acknowledge the power you hold, don’t distance yourselves from it   
    • Actively value lived experience and centre 'at risk' communities   
    • It’s time to trust the ethnic diverse voluntary sector   
    • Recognise and support ethnic diverse staff and volunteers   

More information on this can be found in our blog.   

Resources to support diverse groups 

Many charities have created resources which can help you communicate issues about covid-19 to those often excluded from predominant communication means or to help them gain specialist and tailored support. 

Supporting those facing discrimination  

  • Members of some communities are experiencing acts of racism, discrimination and verbal abuse with the outbreak of the virus.   
  • The containment or spread of the virus is not based on ethnicity.   
  • These communities must feel supported and organisations need to demonstrate that these acts of discrimination will not be tolerated.   
  • Stop Hate UK are providing anyone experiencing or witnessing such discrimination with a confidential 24-hour third-party reporting service.
  • Read our guidance about how to respond to discrimination occurring in your organisation.

Gender pay gap reporting duties 

Public Sector Equality Duty and covid-19

Page last edited May 25, 2021

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