Equal Opportunities Policy

Equal Opportunities

The Friends of Midsummer Common (FoMC) is a community group committed to the principle of equal opportunities for all and aims to ensure that all its members, prospective members, committee and other volunteers are treated fairly and on an equal basis, irrespective of their gender, age, disability, ethnic origin, colour, creed, social status or sexual orientation.

FoMC will:

  • strive to provide equal opportunities for all its members, committee and helpers;
  • value and respect diversity and acknowledge differences between people as being a positive thing;
  • recognise that everyone has a contribution to make; and
  • aim to ensure that all those we come into contact with will be treated fairly and in an unbiased way.

FoMC welcomes disabled members, within the limits imposed by access to Midsummer Common. FoMC would welcome more severely disabled members, if accompanied by a suitable carer who would attend to their personal care needs. FoMC does not accept any form of discriminatory behaviour by its members or volunteers and will challenge such behaviour in whatever way it sees fit. This includes the right to discipline or exclude members who practise discrimination in breach of this statement.

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The aim of this policy is to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults when attending activities organised by FoMC. A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over “who is or may be in need of community care services by means of mental or other disability, age or illness” and “who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation”.

FoMC will:

  • promote the health and welfare of any vulnerable adult members, providing opportunities for them to take part in all activities as far as possible;
  • respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of all members;
  • work in a way which safeguards the well being of any child or vulnerable adult and protects them from abuse:
  • appoint a member of the Committee as Equal Opportunities and Protection Officer; and
  • take steps if they became aware of any incidents of abuse to members.

FoMC recognises that children and vulnerable adults are vulnerable to abuse, not just physical abuse, but also emotional, sexual, financial abuse and neglect. FoMC requires that all children or vulnerable adults attending events organised by FoMC be accompanied by a responsible adult who can attend to their personal needs. FoMC members are not expected to be alone with children or vulnerable adults at such events, and FoMC does not carry out Criminal Records Bureau checks on volunteers.

October 2012