Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice and encourage applications from experienced candidates and those with potential, irrespective of identity, background, life experience or circumstances, It’s vital that the voluntary sector is as diverse as the society we serve. We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring in terms of their culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.
Our work at Involve includes a commitment to reducing inequalities; for example we support and coordinate a multicultural forum, and run social and activity groups for people who may feel marginalised, such as new migrant women. We have a dedicated Health Inequalities worker, to proactively engage faith groups, BAME, and migrant groups, people facing serious inequality and exclusion such as homeless people, rough sleepers and those with chronic and serious mental health conditions, to empower and support them.
Much of our work is about engaging people with chronic long term conditions and disabilities including mental health and chronic pain, and helping them recognise their strengths, assets and resilience, supporting them to achieve goals, including employment. We work closely with Job Centre Plus and partners to ensure staff have full access to support and adaptations. We are committed to ensuring people with caring responsibilities are included in society and can undertake the activities, including employment that they wish; we have done this for over 30 years.
We offer numerous and diverse volunteer opportunities and placements which might be ideal for people not quite ready for employment; to build skills, confidence and test their abilities. This can often be a step to employment with us.
Above all we value lived experience and recognise the expertise, experience and commitment that people bring from their own personal lives can provide significant perspective, drive and empathy with our mission and beneficiaries.
The Board of Trustees review our Equality and Diversity work at every meeting, and we have two Trustee Champions for our work in this area.
‘I was thrilled that my life experience caring for my autistic son was recognised and valued and instrumental in securing my path back into work.’
‘I never would have imagined that my search for a volunteering placement could end in me managing a fantastic team of 15 staff across Kent’
‘I feel Involve has opened up so many doors for me to allow me to have a career that I love and feel appreciated in.’
Comments from current Involve Kent staff