Charnwood Arts (CA): Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2020 - 2021 (click to download)

Charnwood Arts places equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the heart of its activities. EDI is valued by the organisation as it enriches our practice and enables us to reach all members of our community. This Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is a living document which has been devised to set out our plans in relation to EDI, how we will embed it in our practice and encourage other organisations to do the same. The plan will be used to monitor our progress and to hold the organisation to account to ensure that our approach to EDI follows, and sets, best practice. This document is ‘owned’ by all members of the organisation – staff, trustees, volunteers, funders, partners and participants. All stakeholders are invited to comment on its content, to contribute to its ongoing evolution and to be guided by its principles. Charnwood Arts defines equality as treating everyone fairly. This does not necessarily mean that everyone should be treated the same but rather that no-one is disadvantaged due to barriers they may face. We recognise diversity by acknowledging that everyone is different and that differences should be respected, acknowledged and valued. By inclusion we mean an approach and practice that brings people together by overcoming the barriers they may face and creating opportunities for everyone to participate.


The Equality Act 2010 identifies nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sex. Whilst recognition of these characteristics underpins our approach to EDI, we also pledge to consider wider barriers to participation which are not yet protected by law. These include but are not limited to socio-economic status, caring responsibilities, educational attainment, and mental and physical wellbeing.


This document will be reviewed at each Board meeting to monitor progress against the objectives described and subject to a comprehensive annual review. To contribute to its ongoing evolution please contact Shirley Novak, Chief Executive at Charnwood Arts If you require a version of this document in an alternative format, then please do get in touch and we will endeavor to meet your needs.