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Congratulations to (SVE) for putting on an excellent evening of celebration for the amazing volunteers in Stirling.  It was fantastic to meet the individuals who were behind the applications and to hear from their own words, the difference they make for others, through using their own time and skills.

- Kristine Johnson, Stirling Council

Charity Trading, Contracts & Tax Seminar
January 2017

'As someone who advises charities, this has been really helpful.  It puts me in a better position to answer the questions that charties pose!'

- J Cowie Stirling Council


Equalities

What is Equality?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1 defines equality thus:

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

and the Scotland Act 1998:

"the prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds, or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious beliefs or political opinions." 

What it's NOT

It's not the "Politically Correct brigade"
It's not about giving special preference / treatment to or promoting minority groups
It's not just an issue for left-wingers and minority groups
It's not about making us all the same or just about respecting diversity
It's not just about the 6 "protected" strands which are Age, Gender, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Race.

Equality in Accessing Information

Making sure that the information you provide is accessible to everyone has a number of benefits for voluntary, community and social economy organisations as well as your volunteers and service users.  Below is a range of resources that can be used by your organisation to help achieve this.

All of our resources are free to download from our website.  However if you would like us to send information to you please contact us with your details.

Making Information Accessible
Making Emails Accessible
Making Word Documents Accessible
Making Websites Accessible

Equality in the Workplace

Click on the links below for information for employees, employers and volunteers who want to know their rights in relation to employment and volunteering. 

Double Tick Scheme
Access to Work Guide
'Family Friendly' Rights
Sample Equal Opportunities Policy
OCG Guidance on Equality & Procurement

Equality & Human Rights

Human Rights are by definition the basic entitlements someone can expect in a civilised society.  Human rights are fundamental to who we are and what we do.  It is really important that organisations grasp the principles of human rights and embed them into their services.

One of the best ways to maintain human rights is to recall the FREDA principles on which the Human Rights Act is based - Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.  

Equality Laws
Mainstreaming Equalities Checklist

Equality Impact Assessment.  What is it?

An ongoing process/tool for ensuring that equality is mainstreamed, for example by:

  • Highlighting equality issues
  • Highlighting potential differential impacts of specific actions
  • Ensuring that everyone's need have been considered and balanced

What's Covered?

  • Policies/decisions
  • Activities
  • Budgets

Any activity, decision or policy which might have an impact (positive or negative) on somebody should be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment. An Equality Impact Assessment should however not be seen as an end in itself!

Ten Steps to Equality Impact Assessments

For more information on equalities click here


 

 

Equality & Human Rights

Human Rights are by definition the basic entitlements someone can expect in a civilised society.  Human rights are fundamental to who we are and what we do.  It is really important that organisations grasp the principles of human rights and embed them into their services.

One of the best ways to maintain human rights is to recall the FREDA principles on which the Human Rights Act is based - Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.   Applying the FREDA principles to everything that we all do will make a difference in peoples' lives.

Equality

"Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal.  The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just the dominant few." - Carlos P Romulo

Building Social Enterprise from the Ground Up Event
Monday, 22nd May 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm


Part of Stirling Business Month, this event will provide local people, with an opportunity to explore inspirational examples of Social Enterprise and social innovation.

Click event to book a place




Expressions of Interest

Fundraising - Keeping the Right Side of the Law!
& Maximising Gift Aid

For more info click here

Just Enterprise: An Introduction to Tendering Workshop 

May 10th 2017
Free Course

Click here for more details