Dorset Council consultation on new Equality Diversity Inclusion (EDI) strategy – Network support and input:

The Network is contributing input on our LGBT+ community supportive elements of Dorset Council’s new Equality Diversity Inclusion (EDI) policy and strategy. We know that there is in places, in Dorset, some good work going on for LGBT+ inclusion, safety, safeguarding and challenging anti-LGBT ‘behaviour’/bullying and ingrained/embedded de-facto homophobia, biphobia,transphobia. There is however much still to do in Dorset, many revealed bastions of perceived de-facto perceived anti-LGBT+ inclusion/safeguarding/freedom from bullying and oppression because of beingLGBT+. We know that local authorities such as Dorset Council, and public service organisations have to play a key part in leading the way in effective, independently verifiable ways to address these issues and needs from village hall level upwards. We ask you as LGBT+ community members and also LGBT+ community Allies to work with us to help Dorset Council in this regard.

On the Dorset Council EDI consultation referred to we ask you to provide your input ( the details below have been provided to us from the EDI officer at Dorset Council), and of course to contact us directly on 07811 269 454 or email us at on any views you have and experiences you may wish to share concerning the consultation.

DORSET COUNCIL EDI CONSULTATION INFORMATION: Dorset Council have launched a six week consultation to gather views on their new draft equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and action plan. As a public body, the council has both a legal and moral duty to promote equality, diversity and inclusion amongst residents, service users and its own employees. The council’s vision is to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. As an organisation the council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, valuing and recognising differences. This draft strategy proposes how the council will deliver equality, diversity and inclusion over the next four years and the action plan details of what work will be undertake in the next year to help deliver this strategy. The council are keen to know your thoughts on the strategy and action plan. To participate in the survey visit Copies of the strategy and action plan can be found on the consultation page. If you require the consultation in alternative formats, please contact Susan Ward-Rice or 01305 224368. The consultation closes on the 22 November 2020