Promoting equality and diversity in Yorkshire & Humber
Not everyone participates in society as much as they would like, and there may be a variety of reasons for this.
Yorkshire Forward is in the business of promoting equality of economic opportunity across the region, including dismantling barriers and prejudices which may prevent people from accessing opportunities such as skills and jobs.
Why does equality matter to us?
Yorkshire Forward recognises that a thriving region depends on a society where everyone is treated equally. When people are treated equally they are able to fulfil their personal potential, enabling them to become self-sufficient and more prosperous, while contributing to a lively economy.
We also recognise that the so-called 'trickle-down’ effect of wealth gradually making its way to the most deprived individuals is not enough. We work with colleagues across Yorkshire Forward, and partners across the region, to ensure that our investments deliver the maximum benefits to the groups and communities which are most in need of support. These groups may include:
- The disabled and those on incapacity benefit
- Some ethnic minority communities
- The unemployed
- Young people
- Single parents
- Older people
- Refugees and asylum-seekers
- People with low skill levels
- Residents in the most deprived parts of the region.
Why does diversity matter to us?
The white British community is the largest in our region, making up nearly 92% of the population. However, those who describe themselves as Pakistani or Bangladeshi are the fastest-growing groups in percentage terms. The Pakistani community is already the second-biggest group, followed by non-British white people and the Indian community. Where there are differences in race, there may be potential for prejudice or lack of access to opportunity, for a variety of reasons, so we work hard to ensure that ethnic origin is no barrier to economic prosperity.
Who are we working with on equality and diversity?
- The Prince's Trust is a national charity which helps young people to overcome barriers and get their lives going. It has a particular focus on those who have struggled at school, been in care, been in trouble with the law, or are long-term unemployed.
- The Regional Forum is the strategic organisation for the voluntary and community sector, with a membership of over 200 organisations. It acts as an advocate for the sector with key regional agencies.
- Business in the Community is the champion of corporate social responsibility in the region. Its purpose is to support business in continually improving its positive impact on society.
- Fair Play Partnership works to promote equality and diversity in the workplace and public and community life.
Following the success of last year, the Yorkshire Forward Creating Better Futures Awards 2010 continues to celebrate the successful partnerships between the private sector and voluntary, community and faith organisations (VCF).
Our magazine highlights the latest opportunities and support available to companies in the region.