Equality and diversity

Wordsmithery's statement on equality and diversity


The objectives of Wordsmithery are:

  • to provide accessible writing activities for people in Kent and beyond

  • to broaden the audience for all genres of literary art and engage people in creative writing and all related activities

  • to promote diversity and equality of opportunity in writing

  • to engage people in the creative process of writing and support people who wish to pursue a career in writing related areas.

Wordsmithery is committed to encouraging diversity and equality of opportunity in all of its activities, employment practices and in the provision of its services.

We will not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

And, we will oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for training or other developmental opportunities.

Wordsmithery commits to: encourage equality and diversity in the workplace and in the arts as they are good practice and make business sense; and to create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff and participants are recognised and valued.

When programming a literary night, or considering contributions to projects, we will consider the importance of inviting contributions from and developing a culturally diverse audience; and also work to develop events which will work to welcome all individuals who have previously felt excluded from literary activities i.e. people with disabilities, people with learning difficulties, people from low income households.

2018, updated March 2019