Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

The success of Sense depends on our people.

Two women read from a large screenSense is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity.  We also recognise, celebrate and promote the positive contributions that are made by people with sensory impairments and other disabilities, in shaping the support they receive and the direction of our organisation.

By accessing, recruiting and developing people from the widest possible talent pool, we gain an insight into different communities, generating greater creativity in supporting the diverse needs of the people we support.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity within our workforce and with the volunteers who give their time to us.  We expect everyone to understand and accept their personal responsibility to recognise and value differences and the unique contributions that people make to the way we deliver our services.

Our goal is to ensure that these commitments (reinforced by our values and the behaviours detailed in the ‘I’ statements), are embedded in our day-to-day working practices, policies and relationships with our service users, colleagues and the partners and communities with whom we work.

We will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, civil partnerships, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs, or any other grounds.  Neither will we tolerate either direct or indirect behaviours that are intended to bully, harass, isolate or victimise for reasons connected to individual differences. 

No one will receive less favourable treatment and everyone will be given the opportunity to grow and flourish. 

A commitment to this policy is required by everyone who works for us, alongside us to and / or who are engaged with us in any way and this is detailed in our Equality & Diversity Policy.

First published: Thursday 31 May 2012
Updated: Wednesday 19 August 2015