About the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Reference Group

We have recently established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Reference Group.

The council’s vision is to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. As a public body, we have both a legal and moral duty to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) amongst residents, service users and our own employees.

Our vision for the Reference Group is that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is actively promoted, communicated and managed for both our wider local communities and our internal workforce.

Membership will be drawn from the voluntary and community sector and representatives will act as ‘critical friends’ to the council and its partners

EDI Reference Group members from the voluntary and community sector will be independent of the council and Service Level Agreements will be place.

The focus of the group will be on strategic policy and service development matters. The group will provide insight and advice and will not represent individual complainants.

Expressions of interest

We are seeking expressions of interest from organisations and groups who have a wide and diverse network of those with lived experience of one (or more) of the following protected characteristic areas listed below.  These are the gaps we are seeking to fill:

  • faith and belief
  • disability-sensory
  • disability -physical
  • mental health
  • carers

These areas are drawn from the Equality Act protected characteristics and our local protected characteristics across the Dorset Council area.

Application process

Before applying please read the additional information outlining our expectations, requirements and remuneration for representative members. This is a paid opportunity.

To apply

Complete the expression of interest form by midday on Saturday 25 June 2022.

The selection process may involve an interview.

Successful applicants will represent their communities on the Reference Group, which will meet quarterly.

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