One of our core values is a commitment to social inclusion which we can’t achieve unless we embrace, reflect and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve.
In the provision of mental health services we:
- Acknowledge that the experience of stigma and discrimination has a direct link to people’s mental health and their experience of mental health services
- Recognise the benefits of diversity in the workforce and in society as a whole and are committed to promoting diversity both amongst employees and the people we support
- Are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and taking positive steps to help redress the effects of historic unfair discrimination and disadvantage
- Seek to ensure that equality of opportunity is an integral feature of all our activities.
There are a number of legal requirements on us to ensure the positive application of equalities legislation. However, our ambition is one of excellence not simply compliance. We’re committed to promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of what we do and have been recognised for this with an Investors in Diversity accreditation.
To achieve this, we treat everyone who works or volunteers for us as individuals with unique sets of skills and experiences to be positively harnessed and developed. This is regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.
In our recruitment processes these protected characteristics are routinely monitored and we regularly review our selection criteria and procedures to ensure that individuals are employed and treated on their relevant merit and abilities. Equality and diversity also form a core part of our induction and mandatory training.
As a mental health charity we’re committed to promoting good mental health in the work place and providing people with lived experience of mental health problems opportunities to train and work with us through volunteering, becoming a peer supporter and securing paid roles.
We’re therefore a proud signatory of the Mindful Employers initiative.
Paul is a horticultural worker at our Old Moat Garden Centre in Surrey. He said:”I started at Richmond Fellowship six and half years ago. I was off work with depression and I came here as a service user. Then a job became available and I’ve now been on staff for four and a half years. The satisfaction I get now I’m a member of staff is amazing. From being where I was then to where I am now I can relate quite a bit to service users. To me it’s an amazing place.”