During the last 2 years being a Diversity Champion, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has become far more proactive and knowledgeable about delivering sexual orientation equality to its employees and service users.
The range of information guides and support available from Stonewall is second to none, with a dedicated Stonewall team member on hand to provide us with good practice, advice and practical tips.
It provides great networking, education and mentoring opportunities which have been invaluable to us to further develop our commitment to LGBT issues within the workplace. They help us face to the real issues we need to tackle.
Equality and Diversity Team, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
We are proud to say that we have been Stonewall Cymru Diversity Champions for a number of years; during that time our Workplace Officers and the whole Stonewall family have been completely supportive of our commitment to enabling a workforce that is inclusive of difference and one which is reflective of the communities that we serve.
One of the strengths of this relationship is of course the positive impact it has had on our lesbian, gay and bisexual staff as well as our internal LGBT staff network; however, our work with Stonewall Cymru has the added benefit of improving all our staff networks irrespective of characteristic.
We have experienced continued success in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and there have been other benefits, such as our and the networking opportunities that we have been exposed to with other public sector providers and third sector agencies. It is these lasting relationships that will continue to have positive impacts on the LGB communities across North Wales in the future.
Lee Bailey, North Wales Police
Cardiff University has been a Stonewall Workplace Equality Champion for 8 years and we have found this to be of great value to us as an organisation. The Workplace Equality Index provides an excellent strategic framework for us to work with, that not only facilitates a structured approach to implementing LGBT+ equality initiatives and action plans, but also assists us to apply actions to incorporate the wider protected characteristics. This supports our public sector equality duties under the Equality Act and helps us to go beyond legal compliance and to look to adopt and promote good practice. The annual application process assists us to review progress on a regular basis and to build on existing actions each year... the sections relating to procurement, customers and community engagement has also meant that the benefits of taking part reaches our students and wider community.
Catrin Morgan, Cardiff University