This is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, and believing that no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or whom they were born, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Equality recognises that historically, certain groups of people with particular characteristics e.g. race, disability, sex and sexuality, have experienced discrimination.
This means recognising, valuing and taking account of people's different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, needs and experiences. It is also about encouraging and using those differences to create a cohesive community and effective workforce.
Inclusion is about more than giving everyone equal opportunities, it is about allowing people to be themselves at work, valuing differences and letting them know their contribution is valued. It is about ensuring no one feels left out because of their age, gender, race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities or social background.
Equality, diversity and Inclusion are all inter linked. In my role as Service Manager it is my role to ensure that anti-discriminatory practice is promoted as a key organisational value. It is essential as a manager that I raise staff awareness about equality, diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is a sense of belonging, feeling included, and feeling respected, valued for who you are, feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can achieve your best. Inclusion ensures everyone has access to resources, rights, goods and services, and is able to participate to activities. Equality does not mean treating everyone the same because people are all unique. People have different needs at different times to meet these needs effectively we need to engage with people as