Equality and diversity

Young person and staff member using the computerWESC Foundation is committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applicants regardless of racial, ethnic or national origin, religion or beliefs, disability, sexuality, age or responsibilities for dependants.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We are committed to:

  • eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • eliminating bullying and harassment, of any kind
  • promoting diversity
  • promoting good relations between people of different groups
  • promoting equality of opportunity for all learners and employees
  • promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people
  • encouraging participation by disabled people in public life
  • taking steps to meet the needs of disabled people and those from minority groups, even if this requires more specific responses, where appropriate, to meet specific individual needs
    involving representative groups of people in planning and evaluating the services the organisation offers.

In order to achieve this, WESC Foundation aims to:

  • ensure that learners and staff from all groups are encouraged and able to reach their full potential
    protect the rights of all learners, staff, parents, Trustees, volunteers and visitors
    respect and value differences between people
  • promote good relations between different groups within the organisation and within the wider community, wherever possible
  • meet the diverse needs of the learners and staff and volunteers
  • prepare learners for life in a diverse society
  • ensure that an inclusive ethos is established and maintained
  • acknowledge the existence of racism and be proactive in tackling and eliminating discrimination
  • ensure that issues related to discrimination are recognised across all areas of activity
  • ensure that equality is an integral part of all planning and decision making
  • ensure effective training in this area is available to all staff and students.

WESC Foundation’s Equality and Diversity policy objectives:

  • to promote equality in all areas of our work, including policy making, service delivery, regulation and enforcements, and employment practice
  • WESC will not tolerate any form of behaviour or activity, which discriminates on the grounds of, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, age or sexual orientation
  • we are committed to working towards the vision of a world where people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same rights, responsibilities, opportunities and quality of life as people who are sighted
  • WESC recognises that people are not all the same, that people are different and have different needs and experiences. WESC respects and welcomes the diversity of experience and background of all our service users and of the people who work for and with us. We will work to understand and meet the needs of all our learners, staff and visitors. We will endeavour to embrace the differences and develop the potential of all the people who work for and with us
  • The learners who attend WESC are blind or partially sighted and many have additional disabilities and come from a range of cultural and minority backgrounds. Our prime objective is to enable all learners to reach their personal potential in a happy, challenging and caring environment that acknowledges their individual strengths and challenges
  • WESC will seek to create an environment where everyone is respected and valued
  • WESC will seek to further these values by providing a holistic specialist learning environment, promoting individual opportunities and the potential to make decisions and informed choices leading to increased independence and responsibility for their own learning and future.

WESC Foundation also seeks to work in partnership and fully engage with our community applying the same Equality and diversity objectives in relation to all our stakeholders. Examples of our work in the community include:

  • Outreach services including our VI advisory service to Schools and to FE Colleges and Universities across the region
  • Tollards Professional Development and Training Centre offering CPD services and resources to other education providers and the community
  • Social Enterprise retail outlets in Exeter, Honiton and Sidmouth
  • Research and development with key universities and international partners
  • Fundraising department offering a range of activities and events for community participation to raise additional funding.