Equality and diversity policy

This policy sets out Our Time’s commitment and approach to equality and diversity.  

Our Time is against all forms of unlawful discrimination, under the Equality Act 2010.

In delivering its charitable services and campaign work, the charity is committed to treating all of its beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, trustees, partners and members of the public with dignity and respect.

Key principles

  • Our Time charity aims to be as accessible and inclusive as possible to all children and young people whose parents have a mental illness.  
  • It is important to us that the charity is representative of, and speaks to, all sections of society, and that all children, young people and families affected by parental mental illness understand that Our Time is open to them.
  • Mental illness affects everyone, as does the stigma that still surrounds it, however, we recognise that different cultural beliefs about mental illness can sometimes mean that some people experience heightened stigma within their communities as a result of their illness.  Our Time is committed to working together with people from all cultural backgrounds to de-stigmatise mental illness, encouraging an attitude of mutual respect, curiosity and openness.
  • Creating safe spaces and peer-to-peer communities, where children, young people and families can come together to connect, and share ideas and experiences, without judgment, is at the heart of Our Time’s interventions. We seek to create friendly, welcoming and non-hierarchical environments where participants are encouraged to be active participants in their own care.
  • Our Time aims for its trustees, staff and volunteers to be representative of all sections of society and of our beneficiaries, and for all who work for us to feel respected and able to give their best.

Our commitment to our beneficiaries

  • All children, young people and families receive fair, sensitive and equal treatment when accessing our support and interventions, and are treated with dignity and respect; and that our support services are delivered without discrimination, prejudice or bias.
  • Creating spaces and opportunities for all children and young people impacted by parental mental illness to express themselves and be heard.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity when providing explanations of mental illness to children and adults.
  • Remove barriers to access/participation, by providing assistance, such as transport and language services, where this is possible within charity resources.
  • Regularly engage with our partners, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to ensure that our programmes and interventions meet local needs and are accessible.
  • Regularly review our programmes and interventions, to ensure that they are relevant and responsive to the needs of our beneficiaries, and promote inclusiveness and diversity.
  • Ensure we learn from feedback and best practice.

Our commitment to our trustees, staff and volunteers

  • Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the organisation.
  • Uphold 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 are recognised and valued.
  • Not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
  • Develop, review and promote policies and practices that ensure equality of opportunity and eliminate discrimination in the workforce throughout all areas of employment that apply to the organisation.

The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by the charity’s Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees.