Examples of Good Practice
Many Hampshire services and events have been initiated by us to improve equality. Here are just a few examples.
- Our Older person’s well being Team has, for the past eight years, supported older people to learn how to use the internet via Silver Surfers taster sessions.
- We asked young people in Hampshire for their views and used that information to create a website called Youth Tube
- The library service run reading groups for visually impaired people.
- Our Access Team help to improve access for disabled people to all our public buildings and advise schools.
- People who have a learning disability can learn about consumer rights and how to manage a budget through a DVD (Making Money Matter) which has been produced by our Trading Standards Department.
- As one of the largest employers in Hampshire we provide flexible working arrangements for our staff and are a model for other employers in the county.
- The County Council has taken steps to ensure equality of opportunity in employment through positive action initiatives.
- We recognise that one element of gender equality is enabling women and men to have the right to maternity/ paternity leave and to be able to work flexibly to assist with caring responsibilities.
- We provide information on support groups for transgender people.
- Our Ethnic Minority and Travellers Achievement Service (EMTAS) aims to ensure that all young people from the travelling community are able to fulfil their potential.
- Hampshire Schools provide support workers for bi-lingual learners.
Religion and Belief
We were instrumental in setting up Hampshire’s Interfaith Network
- In February 2010 we continued to raise awareness of the needs of the Lesbian, Gay Bi-Sexual (LGB) community by holding a seminar to consider the issues.
- On our web-site we publish a list of books by LGB authors
- Our Community Development Officers help provide support for people from BME communities and are based in the Adult Services department
- We support local community events such as the Eastleigh Mela and the New Forest and Hampshire County Show