Latest News & Events18th January 2018
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Diversity means difference, and people's differences can be many and varied. They may include race, culture, national origin, region, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, politics, religion, ethnicity, disability, socio-economic differences, family structure, health, values and many more.
A diverse organisation is one that values these differences. Managing diversity follows on from, and expands upon, equal opportunities. It is a more wide-reaching approach. Whereas equal opportunities is concerned with making sure that the law is upheld and that personnel decisions are fair and do not discriminate, diversity values, rather than ignores, differences between people. Diversity is about learning to include different perspectives and processes so that the work of the group or organisation can be as effective as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible.
Diversity should be at the heart of volunteer involvement - not a bolt-on to normal practice.
Though volunteers themselves are not covered by equal opportunities employment legislation, it is in your organisation's interest to take equal opportunities and diversity seriously.
The advantages of a diverse team include: