Equal Opportunities Policy

Our Equal Opportunities Policy covers not only employment of staff and temporary workers, but also those participating in training or other initiatives.  The policy covers the following:

General

  • Non-discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, creed, nationality, religion, ethnic origin, physical disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status.

  • The Equal Opportunities Policy includes a complaints procedure.
  • Written guidelines are available for all Hidden Art initiatives.
  • Our office has full disabled access
  • All those involved in Hidden Art projects (staff & others) are provided with equal opportunities training, racial, disabled & cultural awareness.
  • We will ensure that all projects will comply with all legal obligations and national and European directives.

Employment

  • Equal opportunities in employment of staff, temporary workers and those participating in training or other initiatives.

  • Equal opportunities for all employees and freelance staff to develop within the organisation, taking into account that the size of the organisation will restrict opportunity to some extent.

  • The human resources, talents and skills available throughout the local community are considered when opportunities arise.

  • Individuals are treated equally and fairly and decisions on recruitment, selection, training, promotion, and career management are based solely on objective and job related criteria.

Our members

  • We actively strive to encourage participants from all groups to get involved in the initiatives we organise.

  • We will ensure that all projects will provide equal access and support women, ethnic minority groups, those with English as a 2nd language and people with disabilities.

  • We will ensure that where appropriate, the timing of sessions fits in with carers or lone mothers.

  • Mazorca Projects is particularly keen to ensure that its activities meet the aims of the Disability Discrimination Act.  We gather information from participating studios and venues with respect to adequate facilities and access for elderly and disabled people

  • We will build in any further provision for people with disabilities (such as an alternative to paper-based application forms for people with dyslexia).

Our partners

Project partners are required to have appropriate Equal Opportunities Policies and monitoring mechanisms in place.

Marketing

  • Dissemination will pay specific attention to equal opportunities considerations
  • We aim to target all groups equally. Increasing accessibility for women, disabled people and ethnic minorities, we aim to advertise the project directly to them.
  • We build on existing links with community organisations and social enterprises to ensure people who would otherwise find it difficult to access mainstream business support are contacted.
  • Marketing materials are free of biased language  – providing information in plain English & for disabled people.
  • We will make a provision in our budget for any other requirements.

Consultation  

  • We are aware of the importance of accessibility and project activities will be planned & delivered in close consultation with the SME beneficiaries.

  • Where appropriate and needed, we set up a project steering group which will be representative of the area with designer-maker / local representation.

  • We gather equality monitoring forms to capture racial, gender and disability data to ensure balanced representation.

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

We undertake periodic, targeted research and evaluations into specific needs, & the findings feed into current and future projects.  This includes:

  • Approachable, face-to-face support, with phone and on-line advice and information.

  • Providing a flexible package that is available at times to suit design SMEs, (inc. single-mothers).

  • Facilitating networking & learning from peers in a supportive environment.

  • Equal opportunities monitoring is a key part of overall project monitoring & evaluation

Compliance with equal opportunities policies will be monitored and evaluated by collecting relevant information about project participants (including gender, ethnic origin and disability status), employment at Mazorca Projects, and analysing the data as part of the overall evaluation and reporting process.

To ensure projects meets their targets, the following will be monitored:

  • Monitoring & collecting equal opportunities information on each specific target group on a quarterly basis.

  • Participants will also be asked to comment on the accessibility of the project and identify any barriers to participation, as part of their ongoing feedback.

  • Information will be evaluated every 3 months and findings recorded on a spreadsheet.  Any major issues or variances will be discussed and acted upon where needed.

  • Key data will also be recorded in the interventions database as part of the overall monitoring process.

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