What Diversity, Equality and Inclusion means to us

We are committed to making Guide Dogs a great place to work, volunteer and receive a service from for everyone. We have a specific focus on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI).

Our DEI work focusses on two key areas:

  • The requirements of the Equality Act, which sets out in law our responsibilities as an employer and service provider in relation to nine protected characteristics.
  • Our moral obligation to be an inclusive organisation that welcomes everyone.

The Equality Act and the protections it offers are far reaching. The characteristics protected under the Act are:

  • Disability, race, religion or belief, sex, age, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity.

We have:

  • A clear Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Action Plan.
  • A co-produced Sight Loss Awareness Video which you can find here.
  • Worked with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities at Guide Dogs' to redesign the structure for affinity groups, bringing in expertise from elsewhere in the Charity Sector to support us.
  • Supported our LGBTQI+ colleagues to create the Proud @ Guide Dogs' network.
  • Normalised the use of pronouns on email signatures.
  • Developed a Women's and Men's Group.

The DEI priorities for 2021 are:

  • A talent development programme for Blind and Partially Sighted People.
  • A Deaf awareness video to help ensure staff and volunteers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are better supported.
  • The development of a Disability Safe Space Network.
  • Organising a range of activities to mark awareness days and events such as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Pride Month, National Inclusion Week, and many more.
  • Continue to release a programme of podcasts and learning interventions to support staff in expanding their cultural awareness, become better allies and make our organisation more inclusive and understanding.

For further information on diversity and safeguarding please visit the Guide Dogs website.