Equality and Diversity Policy

Viva Arts and Community Group and Viva Community Trading Limited (hereafter known as Viva) believes in the unique value of every person and is therefore committed to meeting individual needs. We will do our best to provide equal opportunities for all young people and adults who use our services, as well as promoting equal opportunities in our employment practices.

Viva is committed to taking positive and proactive steps to ensure that we provide a safe and caring environment, free from discrimination, for everyone in our community.

Viva is committed to working in line with all legislation relating to equality and diversity.

Aims

Viva’s equality and diversity policy aims to help everyone involved to counteract and eliminate both direct and indirect discrimination in decision-making, employment practices and service provision, and to ensure that our services strive to achieve equality of opportunity for all.

Viva aims to provide a welcoming and caring environment that promotes and reflects cultural and social diversity and is equally accessible to all.

In order to realise Viva’s objective of creating an environment free from discrimination and welcoming to all, the following procedures are in place:

Membership
Viva’s membership is open to all. We ensure that issues of age ,race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, social background, religion, culture, gender, language, or sexual orientation do not inhibit anyone from becoming a member of Viva or becoming involved in any of Viva’s projects and services.

We promote understanding, respect and awareness of diversity and equal opportunities issues in planning and implementing Viva’s activities to ensure that they are inclusive, and that they meet the needs of everyone involved.

We endeavour to create an environment of mutual respect and tolerance, and to ensure that all members understand that discriminatory behaviour is unacceptable. We are committed to providing an environment that promotes and fosters the positive use of language. We will not allow derogatory name-calling, discriminatory or abusive language of any kind. We challenge and take action against any discrimination. Members are encouraged to report any such behaviour to the Viva Office.

Employment and staffing
Current legislation makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or those who are pregnant or undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment, in the field of employment. It also places a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments to prevent any substantial disadvantage which a job applicant or disabled employee may experience in comparison with non-disabled people. These adjustments may include alterations to the premises, equipment, training, work procedures, etc. Viva is under an obligation to make such adjustments if it has knowledge of an employee’s disability, or could reasonably be expected to know of it. It is our intention to appoint the best person for the job, and to do so lawfully. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people receive full and proper consideration throughout the whole recruitment process.

Viva will:

  • Consider areas of under-representation within the workforce, and any positive measures which can be adopted to redress this.
  • Welcome applications from all people regardless of age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation and people who are pregnant or undergoing gender reassignment.
  • Monitor all aspects of the recruitment process and workforce statistics in order to identify action required to implement this policy successfully.
  • Ensure that disabled employees in particular have equality of opportunity with regard to career development.

We endeavour to create an environment of mutual respect and tolerance, and to ensure that all staff understand that discriminatory behaviour is unacceptable. We are committed to providing an environment that promotes and fosters the positive use of language. We will not allow derogatory name-calling or abusive language of any kind. We challenge and take action against any discrimination, according to the provision set out in our disciplinary procedures.

Audiences
Viva ensures that we use accessible buildings for all of our productions and ensures that specific access needs are discussed with audience members so these can be addressed prior to the performance.

Premises
Viva ensures that all premises under its direct control are accessible to people with disabilities.
All of Viva’s policies and procedures will be kept under review to ensure they do not operate in a discriminatory manner or in any way compromise its commitment to equal opportunities.

Date: January 2020
Review date: January 2022

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