Category: Leading your organisation, Voice and influence
Every individual, and lots of organisations’ policies and systems exhibit unconscious bias and can also – intentionally or not – reinforce and perpetuate inequalities, prejudice and discrimination. This course connects our individual responsibility to challenge inequality and prejudice to the role of organisations and wider systems that can support or impede our choices and advocacy. It’s not about adding a discrete Equality, diversity and inclusion policy (EDI) to the list of governance documents, but meaningfully applying the principles of EDI throughout.
Tuesday 15 June, 2021 - 1.30pm to 5pm
What is this course about?
This course builds from personal choices and links to how people work via organisations to make social change.
When organisations are ineffective in their approach to EDI, the impact can be experienced by service users, staff and funders. We’ll consider some real examples of where this has happened, and identify from them some of the positive actions that can be put in place to improve outcomes.
We’ll also explore how policies and systems can be designed to help overcome the inevitable gaps in individual awareness that can lead to unintentional barriers to inclusion.
On a personal level, critics have questioned whether there is real appetite for meaningful change, not least because it involves people with power giving it up. However, organisations already operate in a clearer legal and social context that gives them practical tools to improve equality and inclusion practice. These include targeted training, effective policies and procedures, workplace culture and role modelling equitable practice.
What will you learn?
This course will enable you to:
• Increase your understanding of, and challenge your own assumptions about, equality, diversity and inclusion.
• Take practical steps in addressing the ways that unconscious bias, unintentional prejudice and other inequalities may affect you and your work.
• Identify ways to make your organisation a more inclusive place to work.
• Understand relevant legislation.
• Understand the principles of Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) and how to use them.
• Understand the measures that create and promote equality, and how organisations can contribute to wider change.
• Having constructive conversations and increasing awareness of our individual biases.
Who is this course for?
Anyone that wants to consider more deeply and act and play a positive part in challenging inequalities, prejudice and discrimination.
Price: £94, around 40% off for Voscur Full Members on our half day courses; 20% off for Voscur Affiliates. Become a member today.
Full members: £55
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What else do you need to know?
Savita, our trainer, has over 30 years, as a consultant and employee and additionally over 22 years’ experience as a volunteer in non-profits with a focus on tackling domestic violence; women and children’s emotional health and well-being; equalities, and diversity. She has built three charities from scratch and held interim management roles in established charities/local authorities/public services that required a new perspective.
This course is not designed to single out individuals when looking at bad practice or the concept of privilege. The course could prompt awareness that may not feel comfortable at first – but we will look at how to apply this positively. We therefore encourage people to participate with openness, honesty, and with mutual support for each other.
To take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You won't need any other software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course.
Voscur is running all our training online due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (or COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see https://www.voscur.org/content/covid19-service-users
If you cancel your place on a paid for training course you will need to give at least 2 weeks' notice in which case a full refund/credit note will be issued. Less than 2 weeks' notice will result in the full cost of the course being invoiced (not being refunded/credited), unless you can give the place to somebody else. If the place is transferred to someone else there may be an adjustment on payment/fee depending on their/their organisations membership status.
If you have been offered a free place, or the training you have booked is a free session: if you do not cancel giving at least 2 weeks' notice and you fail to attend (and are unable to send someone in your place) an admin fee of £25 will be charged, we will invoice you/your organisation.