It is central to the Active Essex ethos that physical activity and sport should be open and accessible to everybody. We strongly value diversity and strive to ensure that opportunities are available to all but do recognise that there are inequalities in participation opportunities which affect specific sections of our communities. We will commit time and resources to support these communities.
Equality and the needs of our population are given full regard in all aspects of our work. Active Essex will embed equality and inclusion into the development of the annual Delivery Plan that accompanies our Strategic Plan. We are committed to working with our key partners to ensure that actions are in line with good practice so that equality is and remains an integral part of all aspects of our work.
Active Essex is hosted by Essex County Council and abides by the council’s regulations and guidance. The full Essex County Council Diversity and Equality Policy can be found in the council document Comprehensive Diversity and Equality Policy.
We are committed to ensuring that current and potential service users, employees (including volunteer helpers) or job applicants are not discriminated against on the grounds of social circumstances or background, gender, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexuality, age or religion. The principles of tolerance, understanding and respect for others are central to identity as an organisation.
We have adopted a target of and take all appropriate actions to have a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Active Essex Board; we demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity, including but not limited to disability and racial diversity on the Active Essex Board. We are a Disability Confident Committed organisation and have become early adopters of the Race Equality Code.