What-do-we-mean-by-“Diversity” by sdaferv

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									WinG trains your future trustees The new WinG training course starts on 18th January 2007 in Richmond and aims to equip women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue roles in local governance, in particular as charity trustees. If you know of a local woman who would benefit from this training, please get in touch. The course is open to all and we particularly welcome women living in areas affected by social exclusion or poverty, or from ethnic communities or minority groups. Organisations are always on the lookout for new trustees to help shape their thinking and future plans. Nowadays it is even more important to ensure that your Trustee Board is representative of the local population or client base and that you comply with all equal opportunities legislation. Some questions to consider are: Does your organisation have a commitment to equality and diversity? Do you have diversity represented on your management committee? Diversity can lead to better-targeted policies and stronger links to the community, due to better representation of a mix of opinions, backgrounds and experiences. Research carried out by Fawcett Society - the UK’s leading campaigner for equality between women and men - reveals that women are discouraged from decision making roles by the traditional male culture, the lack of affordable childcare, and lack of confidence. Yet organisations need to engage with women as they make up 50% of population, they have different life experiences from men and they tend to be more constructive in decisionmaking roles. It recognises that people from different backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and perceptions, which can make the way work is done more effective. The WinG course offers local women accredited training in governance and IT, a forum to encourage the women to continue their links with the project, and a website to help organisations run their own WinG programme. So far, over 200 women have been recruited on to the programme, with over 100 completing the course. Over 70 have achieved accredited learning and over 30 have gone on to get involved in their communities as volunteers, local decision-makers and paid employees in the community sector. Overall, WinG has produced a diverse pool of capable and enthusiastic women ready to take up decision-making roles in the local community. If you know somebody who would benefit from WinG, or would like some more information, please contact Angie Ahmed Angiea@richmondcvs.org.uk or 020 8255 8163. Course details: 18 January – 29 March every Thursday 10-2.30pm at Richmond CVS. Lunch and childcare paid for.


								
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