What are you doing for National Inclusion Week?

25th September 2019

National Inclusion Week is an annual week of activities and events run by @IncEmp highlighting the value of inclusion in the workplace: 23 – 29 September 2019.

This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in all activities and projects. Inclusion is about making sure that people feel valued, respected, listened to and able to challenge. Remember, the quietest voice deserves as much attention as the loudest voice.

All across the nation organisations and business are holding events to help raise awareness and increase good practice, here are a few examples of things you may wish to try:

  • Diversity café with staff and networks – an opportunity to meet representatives from your staff and networks and hear about the work they do, social and networking activities they host, and their plans for the future.
  • Make social media more accessible – why not explore tips and tricks on how to make your social channels more inclusive, with guidance covering  social media accounts. This is ideal for colleagues running social media accounts, or for those who just want to make their own social media more inclusive.
  • Trans awareness session – public facing organisations are likely to encounter a range of diverse trans people in the course of their professional work. Employers, too, need to be ready and able to welcome, include and support trans people as part of their workforce. Why not explore a session or invite a guest speaker to outline ways an organisation can work towards being trans-inclusive.
  • Lunch and learn about supporting working carers – do you know which of your employees are also unpaid carers for friends or family? Working carers are often continually juggling work and caring commitments, meaning some may struggle to stay in work. Line managers have a critical role in recognising the needs of working carers and supporting them where they can. Why not open a conversation to explore or find advise on the sources of help available to managers and colleagues.

Need support?

If you are a Voluntary Action Rotherham member interested to diversify and increase your networks or to better good practice, but don’t know where to start, why not invite a colleague from Voluntary Action Rotherham to visit your organisation and explore the options available to you? Email triage@varotherham.org.uk to find out more.

Interested in finding a guest speaker for a session or do some networking? If you are a Voluntary Action Rotherham member, why not sign up to Rotherham Pay it Forward. We will put your needs on our register for free and colleagues able to offer support will express an interest for your consideration. Click here to sign up to the Rotherham Pay if Forward register.