Dingley’s Promise has launched an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, detailing the future steps that the charity will be taking to achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation.
The Action Plan was developed in collaboration with all members of the Dingley’s Promise team, including staff, volunteers and trustees. Whole team discussions were held during the charity’s virtual team day at the beginning of September, followed by focus groups with staff at all three of the charity’s centres. Every member of the team was given the opportunity to feedback and comment on drafts of the plan each step of the way.
As early years providers for children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities, inclusion in all forms is incredibly close to the organisation’s heart. Dingley’s Promise are members of a diverse community, where people differ in age, race, sexuality, gender identity, religion, and disability, and we believe it is our responsibility to combat discrimination and ensure that everyone feels equally safe and welcomed by us.
Dingley’s Promise has also been celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth throughout October by committing to anti racism in the early years, sharing resources that families can use to help teach their children to celebrate our differences and signposting to key people and organisations that are driving the anti racism movement in the Early Years Sector.
Staff and children at Dingley’s Promise have been getting involved too! Nadia, the Deputy Manager of our Wokingham Centre, tells us more!
“At the Wokingham Centre we have been celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth by sharing story sacks of black historical figures. We’ve enjoyed learning about brave Rosa and the mean bus driver (Rosa Parks), Henry, who posted himself to freedom and became a magician (Henry “Box” Brown) and Mae who worked hard to get her wish of visiting the stars (Mae C. Jemison).
A huge thank you to our very talented Early Years Practitioner, Chloe, for hand making the story sacks for the children!”
The charity is in the process of recruiting a Trustee who will lead on EDI at Board level, and are committed to making sure that inclusion remains a core value throughout the year.
You can learn more about our commitment to EDI by visiting our dedicated webpage.