Equality, diversity and inclusion

Westward is committed to treating all people with fairness and respect. Respect Festival

We aim to actively help remove barriers and open doors for our customers and staff and foster good relations within the communities we serve.

We are an organisation delivering fair accessible services and an employer and partner of choice.

In promoting equality, we respect the protected characteristics identified by the Equality Act: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Data protection

We hold personal information about our customers, board members, staff and involved residents; this helps us to consider the impact of our services, policy and actions on different groups within the community. This information is kept confidential and in accordance with our data protection policy. You can also view and update your personal information which we hold, via MyAccount .

To request any document in large print, Braille or other languages please just let us know.

These are some useful links:

Annual Equality Statement 2020-21Disability Confident Employer badge

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Safeguarding and Hate Crime leaflet

Hate crime reporting 

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Age-focused specialist agencies

  • Age UK is the charity formed from Age Concern and Help the Aged
  • Employers Forum on Age (EFA) challenges age discrimination and promotes age diversity in the workplace.
  •  Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.
  • Pensions and retirement planning – GOV.UK is a practical guide to advice, support and services available through government and voluntary organisations for people aged 50 and over.
  • UKYOUTH is a leading national charity committed to ensuring all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Disability-focused specialist agencies

Support

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Rights

Gender reassignment-focused specialist agencies

Local

  • www.lgbtqyouthcornwall.co.uk - YAY! Young and Yourself! LGBTQ Youth Cornwall is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning young people who are aged up to 25 years living, working attending school or college or visiting Cornwall.
  • Gender identity | DPT  - support via Devon Partnership Trust.
  • www.intercomtrust.org.uk south west charity that provides local professional community support and advocacy for LGBT and non-binary people and their families, and training and consultancy on LGBT and NB issues.

National

  • www.schools-out.org.uk with the aim to make schools safe and inclusive for everyone, offering both a formal and informal support network for all people who want to raise the issue of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism in education.
  • www.genderedintelligence.co.uk  is a community interest company that delivers arts programmes, creative workshops, mentoring, training and youth group sessions to trans-youth (under the age of 25).
  •  www.gires.org.uk - Gender Identity Research and Education Society - a national body that examines the science around gender and transgender individuals and produces a wide range of resources for schools and other public bodies, including a toolkit on combating transphobic bullying and an e-learning package.
  •  www.mermaidsuk.org.uk is a national charity that connects and supports young trans-people and their families.
  •  www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk search under: gender identity - The Tavistock and Portman Clinic - for children and young people (up to the age of 18) and their families experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity including children unhappy with their biological sex.
  • www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk a national membership organisation focusing on the development and support of LGBT groups, projects and organisations, so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights. Provides a directory of agencies across the UK.
  •  The Beaumont Society | Help and support for the transgendered community supports mainly M2F trans people and their families and friends
  •  www.ilga.org - International Lesbian and Gay Association on LGB&TI issues.
  • www.lgbthatecrime.org.uk provides advice and support to increase the reporting of LGBT hate crime in the UK.
  • http://www.ftmlondon.org.uk/ Support to all female-to-males who may be early in considering gender identity, living long-term as a trans guy or simply exploring options.
  • http://gendertrust.org.uk/ a listening ear, caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.
  • http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/ for children and teenagers who have gender identity problems, their families, friends and carers.

Marriage and civil partnership-focused agencies

Pregnancy and maternity-focused agencies

Health

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Rights

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Sexual orientation-focused specialist agencies

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