Equal Opportunities Policy

 

The policy applies to all those involved with the Solway Sinfonia in whatever capacity.  They all have a responsibility to implement this policy by behaving in a non-discriminatory way.

The committee will be responsible for resolving any issues arising in the event of a breach of this policy.

Objectives

In addition to a general ethos of awareness and avoidance of potential discrimination, we will undertake to adopt the following policies:

  • to endeavour to select concert and rehearsal venues that are more accessible to those with disabilities;
  • to provide our publicity material in formats appropriate to various needs when requested;
  • to offer concessionary rates to financially disadvantaged groups in society;
  • to encourage broad representation from different groups on the committee;
  • to publicise the existence of this policy to all involved with the Solway Sinfonia;
  • to adhere to all legislation relevant to potential discrimination including The Sex Discrimination Act (1975;1986), The Race Relations Act (1976), and The Disability Discrimination Act (1995);
  • to monitor the implementation of this policy at regular intervals;
  • to review our equal opportunities policy at regular intervals.

Action Plan

Responsibility for the implementation of the following measures lies with all members of the committee:

  • discuss and publicise the Equal Opportunities Policy at the Annual General Meeting;
  • consider how representative the membership of our committee is;
  • consider further how we can improve our recruitment of young musicians and those from poorly represented groups in society;
  • endeavour to ensure that all venues for concerts and rehearsals comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (1995);
  • ensure that availability of disabled access is publicised for all events;
  • respond promptly to any request for publicity material in various formats;
  • offer concessionary rates for tickets to financially disadvantaged groups in society;
  • review the implementation of this Action Plan after six months;
  • review the Equal Opportunities Policy at three yearly intervals.