Equality and Diversity

Examples of Good Practice

Many Hampshire services and events have been initiated by us to improve equality. Here are just a few examples.

Age

  • 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

Disability

  • 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.

Gender

  • 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.

Race

Religion and Belief

Sexual Orientation

  • 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

Supporting Communities

  • 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