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									                     Equal Opportunities
Statement of Intent
The CyberMoor Project is committed to providing equal opportunities for
all residents of Alston Moor. The project management staff and
volunteers are dedicated to the elimination of discrimination and are
working hard to provide on line services and ICT equipment to the wider
community.

Code of Practice
To ensure the implementation of equal opportunities the project will take
positive action in all areas of its work, particularly in its decision-making
and service delivery.

(a) The project is working in partnership with various statutory agencies
    and voluntary organisation within the area, so that full use can be
    made of their networks to identify and engage individuals from groups
    traditionally discriminated against or marginalised. This includes
    people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, ethnic minorities,
    women, elderly people and single parents.

(b) The project will include members of the community who may
    experience social exclusion at each stage of its development through
    membership of an Equal Opportunities steering group, and in
    developing the ideas.

(c) The project management staff will undertake consultation with any
    member of the community who feels that they need additional support
    or equipment to make full use of their computer, and Internet access.
    They will endeavour to provide:
      1) Additional equipment, such as screen magnifiers, tracking balls,
         and speech recognition software.
      2) Guidance on adjustments to the software on your personal
         computer.
      3) Guidance on the set-up of your computer equipment in your
         home.
      4) Contact with support groups, organisations and agencies.
      5) Each household will get the chance to have a PC with Internet
         access. The cost of running Internet access will be subsidised
         for families on low income and those on benefits.
      6) Contact with other members of the community who may share
         similar experiences.

(d) The recipients of computers will be given the opportunity to access IT
    training and other subjects that are relevant to their needs. This will
    help individuals to learn about technology and improve their skills.

(e) The project is constantly looking for volunteers from the local
    community to help deliver and develop the service. The project seeks
    to include and promote the inclusion of individuals and groups stated
    in section A.

Responsibility for Implementation
Responsibility for the implementation of the policy lies with each
member of the project management team and volunteers.

If an individual feels that the policy is not being implemented, please
contact the project management team. From this we can seek ways of
overcoming any difficulties.

Monitoring of Equal Opportunities
The project has established structures that will enable the project
management staff to assess their level of commitment to equal
opportunities. For instance,

1) The number of people, traditionally discriminated against or
   marginalised that has received a computer through the Alston
   CyberMoor project.
2) The number of people traditionally discriminated against or
   marginalised who are volunteers or a member of a steering group.
The Alston CyberMoor Project is in its early stages of development.
Therefore the project management team will review and update the policy
on a continuous basis so that any necessary changes can be made.


                    Equal Opportunities Definitions


Discrimination

“Discrimination involves treating people less favourably because they are
members of a particular group or have a particular characteristic”.


Adirondack, S and et al (1997) “The Voluntary Sector Legal
Handbook”. Directory of Social Change; London. Pg, 326.


Positive Action

Positive Action is used in its legal sense throughout this policy. It applies
when:
 An organisation/project adopt a set of working practices that will help
   to address unequal treatment.
 They encourage people from groups traditionally discriminated
   against or marginalised to be involved.




                                                            Draft Copy
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                                                      19 November 2001

								
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