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Equality pledge: Organisations’ pledges

The following organisations have signed our equality pledge:

  • Arthur Rank Hospice Charity: “Arthur Rank Hospice Charity services are available for the whole community across Cambridgeshire. We want to demonstrate our commitment to community engagement, diversity, equality and inclusion.”
  • Avocet Cleaning Services Ltd: “We are committed to paying equitably for equal work and experience.”
  • Cambridge City Council: “Our vision for Cambridge is of an international city which celebrates its diversity and actively tackles intolerance and discrimination. We want Cambridge to be a place where all citizens feel that they are listened to and have a stake in the community, and which supports and values individual and community initiatives bringing people together. This is reinforced by a clear statement of equality values and in our equalities' strategy. These are some areas of work:
    • Supporting the development of an equalities partnership
    • Working with the community to develop and promote awareness raising equality events throughout the year
    • Participating in Safe Spaces to ensure all our services are safe, welcoming and inclusive to LGBT+ people
    • Ensuring we have a dementia aware workforce and dementia friendly services
    • Undertaking community needs assessments for BAME people, disabled people, women, LGBT+ people and men on a low-income
  • Cambridge City Football Club: “We are committed to providing an inclusive environment to which all are made welcome, providing access and opportunities at our ground for all members of the community to take part in and enjoy its activities. The Club has long been a supporter of ‘Let’s kick Racism out of football’. We will apply a zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination, treat all people fairly and take positive action where inequalities exist, including promoting awareness raising events. We have recently implemented an Equality and Diversity Policy, an inclusive approach to recruitment and selection for all posts at the club and a process for dealing with all concerns and complaints, including those about all forms of discriminatory behaviour.”
  • Cambridge and District Citizens Advice: “Promoting equalities is an integral part of the work that CAB does. The Citizens Advice service provides free, independent, non-judgemental, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.”
  • Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum: “We want Cambridge to be a place where diverse communities live in harmony and everyone regardless of their background has the opportunity to realize their full potential. We are committed to both challenging discrimination and celebrating diversity.”
  • Cambridge United Football Club: “Cambridge United strives to have a positive impact in our community and as such we are proud signatories of the Equality Pledge. We endeavour to provide equality of opportunities in football across the city and the wider region so that everyone can share in the benefits of keeping healthy and active. We offer walking football, girls’ and women’s football and a variety of disability football programmes designed to remove the barriers to participation.”
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary: “The Peelian principles are the founding principles of modern British policing and the 5th principle states that we should seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.”
  • Cambridgeshire County Council: “Our vision is to make Cambridgeshire a great place to call home, and we want this to be true for everyone in our county. We have a significant responsibility to embody the principles of equality and diversity as an employer, a commissioner and provider of services and as an ambassador for the county. This means ensuring that:
    • our services are fair and accessible to everyone
    • we are a fair and equitable employer, striving to achieve a diverse and culturally competent workforce.
    • we recognise and celebrate the diversity of our communities and respond to people’s needs.
    “Our Council Diversity Group, Equality and Diversity Action Group and Staff and Member Diversity Network are champions of this Equality Pledge, and we welcome the opportunity to work with partners on this important agenda.”
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service: “Original signatories to Equality Pledge in 2015 where we supported LGBT History Month Launch. Committed to having a more diverse workforce; to meeting the needs of our varied and diverse communities and to having an inclusive working environment. We currently have a focus on positive action to improve diversity of workforce, are committed to maintaining disability confident employer status, and we ensure there is appropriate training and development on equality issues for our workforce. See our equality strategy and our performance report.”
  • Cambridgeshire Football Association: “Cambridgeshire FA is here to ensure football is accessible to all regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. We are committed to applying standards and values throughout the game at all levels to ensure football can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it. All forms of discrimination are unacceptable and will be responded to with a zero tolerance approach. We will continue to work to remove any obstacles to access and progression in all roles including playing, refereeing, coaching and administrating. Cambridgeshire FA wants to do all we can to understand and serve our members and the football community in Cambridgeshire. We are committed to developing positive policies to promote equal opportunities and prohibiting unlawful or unfair discrimination. Having refreshed our Equality Standard Foundation Level in 2019, and as part of our ongoing commitment towards achieving equality in everything we do, we are keen to keep the momentum going and achieve the Equality Standard Preliminary Level. Through achieving the Equality Standard Preliminary Level we will have a clear understanding of what we need to do to achieve equality. We will understand the issues and barriers faced by underrepresented groups in football and have a robust equality action plan which all staff, volunteers and key stakeholders understand.”
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  • Centre 33: “We strive to be an equal opportunities employer and provider. We want to join a network of organisations to make services more accessible and diverse where we share our learning and further develop our thinking together.  Centre 33 is a Cambridgeshire based charity that is 35 years old. Centre 33 believes that every young person in Cambridgeshire can fulfil their potential. We support and empower young people to overcome their problems through a range of free and confidential services.“
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  • Dhiverse: “Our mission is ‘To provide high quality sexual health and HIV support, education and information for all. We are inclusive, caring, non-judgmental and committed to upholding our organisation's values. Through service user involvement, campaigns and collaboration we challenge stigma, prejudice and inequalities. Dhiverse is a Cambridgeshire charity established over 30 years ago and we strive to be an equal opportunities employer and service provider. Taking the Equality Pledge is one way that we can demonstrate our commitment to supporting and celebrating diversity and equality across the city, county and beyond.”
  • Dream Clean Services Ltd
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council: “We are committed to taking equality and human rights into account in everything we do, whether that is providing services to our local population, employing people, developing policies or communicating and involving people in our work.“
  • Encompass Network: “Encompass is committed to providing a better quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in Cambridgeshire. Our expertise in LGBTQ+ rights was used to support the foundation of the Equality Pledge, which was launched during the 2016 LGBT History Month Showcase. As an organisation supporting LGBTQ+ people, it is crucial to us that LGBTQ+ people are not seen as a monolith, and come from all backgrounds. Therefore, equality work is vital across all marginalised groups, and we constantly strive to become more intersectional in our work. We are very happy to support smaller and more marginalised LGBTQ+ community groups such as LGBT Mature, QTI Coalition of Colour, and QWiC, and to have their expertise inform the rest of our work.“
  • Fenland District Council: “Equality is a core aspect of our work and we wish to both demonstrate this and support our community. We work to develop cohesion and enable integration in all our practices, policies and practices.“
  • Huntingdonshire District Council: “We recognise that we serve a diverse community with diverse needs. We are committed to anticipating and responding positively to this so that everyone can access our services.  In order to achieve the Council’s strategic priorities and meet the challenges we face, we involve all communities in developing our services and activities.“
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  • Lanpro Services Ltd: “Lanpro are committed to diversity and promoting equality. We take equality and human rights into account in everything we do, whether that is providing services to our local communities, employing people, or involving people in our work. People reach their full potential in the workplace when they are welcome to be themselves.“
  • Office of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner: “We are committed to equality and diversity. We recognise the values and the benefits which different communities contribute to Cambridgeshire.  Our office has a zero tolerance on hate crime and we will tackle prejudices at every opportunity.“
  • PEM: “Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to PEM means our employees can bring their whole selves to work, feel supported, and that they have equal opportunities to progress. We want to shape a culture that puts respect, inclusion and diversity at its heart and celebrate what makes us different and what unites us. We have recently started an EDI network which sees people from all our teams, with all varieties of backgrounds come together to work on changes we can make to make us a more diverse and inclusive place of work. This, along with our EDI policy and our regular internal campaigns (including Pride Month and Black History Month) showcase our diversity and inclusion journey.”
  • Richmond Fellowship Employment Services: “By taking the Equality Pledge, we are demonstrating our commitment to developing a culture in which equality, diversity and inclusion for all are valued. At Richmond Fellowship we've been championing recovery and social inclusion for more than 55 years, working with people we support as equal partners in everything we do. We can't be successful at this unless we're able to respond to the diverse needs, aspirations, skills and talents of the communities we serve and the individuals we employ and work with. Only by embracing and celebrating the diversity of our people and ensuring the way we operate is inclusive and fair will we be able to provide the best services and be an employer of choice.“
  • Rowan Arts Centre: “Rowan is a Cambridge based arts centre and charity where artist work with people with learning disabilities in their choice of woodwork, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, mixed media and the performing arts. As well as their own creative projects, students work on private commissions, exhibit their artwork and can take part in music and drama. Rowan is a very friendly place, open 9am-3pm, 50 weeks of the year. Weekly half-day and full-day student places are available. We pride ourselves on giving opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in the arts to have the chance to be creative, learn new skills and be socially interactive. Rowan would like to continue reaching out to other local groups, organisations and societies to learn more about what they do as well as spreading the value of what takes place at Rowan each day.“
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council: “We are committed to equality of opportunity in our approach to service delivery, employment and being a community leader. We are committed to identifying, understanding and eliminating all barriers that prevent access to services, information and employment. We aim to foster good relations by promoting greater awareness and understanding between our communities. Three commitments we have made recently include working towards becoming more dementia friendly, addressing mental health issues in our new communities, and ensuring that our gypsy and traveller communities have improved access to the district council's services.“
  • Storey’s Field Community Trust: “We are a community centre in a new housing development in Cambridge city. We want to sign the pledge to ensure that everyone feels welcome in our community centre.“
  • University of Cambridge: “The University is committed to supporting diversity and equality across the city and beyond. We believe that diversity and equality play a crucial role in sustaining the University's academic excellence. With more than 10,000 employees, the University is a microcosm of Cambridgeshire's diverse population and by taking the Equality Pledge we are recognising and celebrating and supporting that diversity.“

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