Equality and diversity: Community tells EEAST how it’s doing at event

EDS2 Event Bedford 2018

Almost 60 members of the public turned out to share their opinion about EEAST’s approach to equality and diversity.

The public EDS2 (equality delivery system) event took place in Bedford on Tuesday (17th April) as part of the Trust’s equality and diversity strategy.

The event was open to staff and the public and those who represent one of the nine characteristics (including race, religious belief, gender, age, disability) who were proactively encouraged to attend as well.

Individuals from BVS Temple, students from Bedford College, members from ACCM UK, Access Bedford D/deaf community, representatives from Bedford Council of Faiths and the learning disabilities service users group from Gadsby Street Centre attended as well as a range of families from across the community.

Amanda Marsh, project officer for equality, diversity and inclusion, organised the event and said: “We have been thrilled with the number of people who gave up their time to contribute towards this event. Most importantly it was interesting and so valuable to hear the comments and contributions of those people, many of whom had lots of positive things to say about the Trust.

“We would like to thank all those who attended including our staff, as well as Emma Freda from Healthwatch Bedford who was integral in ensuring we had a wide representative of community groups there.”

The data from the event will be compiled, along with the responses from a public and staff survey that is currently still open (https://t.co/HLkbX0v8Oe  ). It will then identify what we are doing well, where we need to improve and will assist the organisation in setting its objectives for the future.

Paul Fitzgerald, equality, diversity and inclusion lead at the Trust, explained: “What we have to take into account is the what, so what and the now what? What this event has allowed us to do is identify what was needed, the difference it is making (so what) and it now allows us to plan for the future, implement the findings from the day and monitor effectively how it impacts the wider equality and inclusion agenda. This fits with the Trust’s public-sector equality duty requirements, part of the Equality Act 2010, and it also identifies the guidance provided from the CQC in line with their equality and human rights agenda.”

If you would like to have your say, click here: https://t.co/HLkbX0v8Oe

Published 19th April 2018

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