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Inclusion and Diversity - An LGBTQi+ Inclusive Employer

Basildon Council has a well established LGBTQi+ Staff Group which provides networking and social opportunities, support and partnership, information and events to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff members at all levels.

About the LGBTQi+ Staff Group

One Basildon One community Much of our work revolves around supporting LGBTQi+ council staff in:

  • gaining access to development opportunities
  • creating and accessing support networks
  • dealing with discrimination, if and/or when it occurs.

In addition, the LGBTQi+ Staff Group also encourages links to LGBTQi+ communities within the borough, giving them the opportunity to be involved with council LGBTQi+ initiatives within the wider local community.

LGBTQi+ Staff Group Aims and Objectives

  • LGBTQi+ Staff Group Photo Support employee development of members through training and career development opportunities.
  • Facilitate the involvement of LGBTQi+ staff in consultations council policies.
    • We work to keep LGBTQi+ issues on top of the equalities and policy agendas.
    • If you have any ideas, feedback or suggestions we are always happy to listen and include them where appropriate.
  • Provide a confidential Support Network for members and a safe environment in which concerns can be discussed and addressed;
    • Staff members in need of support at work, or who are concerned about behaviour aimed at them, or which they have witnessed, are encouraged to contact the LGBTQi+ Staff Group in confidence about the matter, (see contact details at bottom of this page). The LGBTQi+ Staff Group are available to discuss any such issues or to offer advice in confidence.
  • Increase awareness of LGBTQi+ cultures and issues among council employees and our borough.
  • Build relationships between members, the council and communities in the borough through events, communications and joint work; we work closely with other LGBTQi+ groups, outside the borough to support community events, such as:
    • IDAHOBIT ( International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia )
    • World Aids Day
    • Trans Gender Day of Remembrance
    • Bi-Sexual Awareness Day
    • Disability Awareness Week
    • Black History Month, and many others. We are active supporters of, and maintain a  strong presence in matters of, both Trans Pride and Pride in the borough
  • We work with:
    • the BAME (British. Black. Asian. Minority Ethnic) community,
    • the Disability Forum
    • the Women's Group
    • and the Unions to jointly address issues that are of common interest to all.
  • Keep members up to date through bulletins and staff communications.
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