St Andrews Art Club Equality and Diversity Policy                    Dated   July 2020

Aims

  • St Andrews Art Club recognises that in our society power is not held equally and that groups and individuals have been and continue to be discriminated against on many grounds including, for example, race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, class, religion, marital status and where they live.

  • St Andrews Art Club also recognises that where direct or indirect discrimination occurs within the members’ group, it is both morally and legally unacceptable.

  • The purpose of this Equality and Diversity Policy is to set out clearly and fully the positive action the St Andrews Art Club intends to take to combat direct and indirect discrimination in the organisation, in the services it provides and in its relationships with other bodies.

  • In adopting this Equality and Diversity Policy, the St Andrews Art Club is also making an unequivocal commitment to implementing it, so as to ensure that equal opportunity becomes a reality.


Code of Practice

  • The St Andrews Art Club provides art related activities, guidance and assistance for men and women. The group will take action to ensure that group activities and events are open and welcoming to everybody entitled to become a member.

  • We aim to make our meetings and events accessible to people with disabilities – e.g. meet in accessible premises, produce information in large print.

  • We aim to use local training opportunities to help our committee and members better understand how discrimination occurs and how to prevent it.

  • All members of the St Andrews Art Club will have the Equality and Diversity Policy explained to them, and will undertake to comply with and implement this policy.

  • Members who have experienced discrimination can direct complaints to the President who is available via telephone or email. If he / she is unable to resolve the complaint, it will be referred to the Art Club Committee.


Code of Conduct

  • People will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, nationality,   gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and/or age.

  • At all times people’s feelings will be valued and respected. Language or humour that people find offensive will not be used, e.g. sexist or racist jokes or terminology which is derogatory to someone with a disability.

  • No one will be harassed, abused or intimidated on the ground of his or her race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability or age. Incidents of harassment will be taken seriously.
     

Dealing with Complaints

  • Complaints will  initially be directed to the President in writing.

  • The Committee will take complaints of discrimination and harassment very seriously.

  • They will investigate them thoroughly, and provide opportunities for the person making the complaint to speak in a safe environment about their experience.

  • If the complaint is against a particular individual, the committee will hear their point of view.

  • The Committee will decide the action to take based on the principle of ensuring the continued inclusion and safety of any member who has experienced discrimination or harassment.

  • Any decision to terminate someone’s membership will be made in line with the rules set out in the constitution.


Review
This policy will be reviewed every 2 years

 © 2019 Alan Stephens