Supporting Inclusion and Positive Community Relations
As a charity proudly working with diverse communities across the UK, and with staff teams to reflect these communities, we are committed to doing our utmost to support inclusion and positive community relations.
At St Giles, where over 80% of our frontline teams come from the same backgrounds as the people we support, we know from our experience that harmony, mutual respect and diversity bring out the most positive qualities in people and deliver the best results.
We strive to play a vital role in making UK society fairer, more humane and to enable of us within it to feel valued and make a positive contribution.
The tragic killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 had a profound effect on our colleagues and we believe those in power must listen to all communities, stay focussed on addressing inequalities, level up the playing field; and most importantly that we should all remain open to questioning and scrutiny.
Our commitment to learning and improving
We still have work to do in this area at St Giles and we are committed to learning and improving:
- We have established a Black Lives Awareness Group at St Giles. This is an employee-led group who provide advice, support and development opportunities to black staff members, support organisational training and awareness-raising, whilst actively seeking to improve the diversity and inclusion at St Giles.
- We have Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions in place amongst the staff team who support the implementation of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy and practices.
- Our Expert Panel comprises staff and volunteers with lived experience who have a direct say in our strategic direction and operational development.