Regional Equality and Diversity Partnership
An exciting development is taking place in the East Midlands. After recognising that the East Midlands is the only region without a regional equality partnership, funding has been secured to form the East Midlands Regional Equality and Diversity Partnership (REDP).
What are we seeking to achieve?
An inclusive partnership with representatives of regional statutory bodies and key equality organisations working together to raise the profile of equality and diversity as a means of securing a positive image of the region, greater sustainability, growth, equality of opportunity and equality of access to employment and services including housing, education, transport, business development, social care and health.
We aim to support Regional Equality organisation around the key equality strands age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender status and Human Rights. REDP is keen to ensure that groups who are usually excluded from discussion on involvement are actively engaged in this process. We will with your support create an equality network that will champion and empower its community to play an active role in addressing inequalities.
The key role of the partnership is to target and influence regional strategies to ensure that equality issues are embedded in the decision making processes. To support generic and equality infrastructure voluntary sector bodies within the region and to amplify the voice to frontline organisations.
“REDP is committed to being an organisation where equality of opportunity is a reality for all”
REDP is the East Midlands member of the English Regions Equality Network (EREN) which works directly with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is funded by the Government Equalities Office.
Organisations will be able to be involved in this process in a variety of ways including forming part of the wider membership, being involved and consulted on key issues or as recipients of information about key developments within the region. Membership of the core groups will be decided through the involvement of frontline organisations.
It is envisaged that a core group will involve a membership of 25 individuals/organisations. A wider reference group will also form part of this development. Organisations can also choose to be recipients of information provided by the partnership.
To be successful the partnership will be actively seeking to work in partnership with various regional public sector partnerships.
This new partnership is a platform for your voice to be heard at a regional level – it does not and will never become a project that seeks to take over any regional work that is already taking place but we know from the work being undertaken in other regions that by providing an opportunity to work together we can influence change.
Contact the REDP team
Phone: 0116 285 9440
Website at http://www.redp.org.uk/