When members are asked which words they would use to describe the Association, “friendly” and “welcoming” are never far from the top of the list – this is really important to us, and is a reflection of the importance we place on inclusivity.
As an organisation, we’re always learning, and when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workforce, the cultural enterprises sector still has some way to go. So as well as advocating for increased diversity and inclusion in the sector, when you engage with us you can expect us to:
- Ask you if you have access requirements
- Provide an accessible service
- To proactively ask for, and always be willing to hear, feedback
- To thoughtfully consider and act on the feedback we receive
We are an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of experience, merit and organisational need. Our Board of Trustees all take an active interest in diversity and inclusion – Zak Mensah and Laura Wright are the equalities champions.
We encourage hiring managers in the cultural enterprises sector to register for our online course, Hiring Diverse Teams and consider introducing mentoring and performance coaching – both of these courses are made available to the sector free of charge.
Part of our income comes from the public purse, so we report on progress against our Equalities Action Plan annually to Arts Council England.
If you have feedback on how we can be a more inclusive and diverse organisation, or how we can champion and promote this in our work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Phone: 01388 741394
Post: Unit B14, Castle Gardens, Stanhope, County Durham, DL13 2FJ