Equity, diversity and inclusion at Active Oxfordshire
Tackling inequality and increasing diversity in physical activity & sport is one of the greatest challenges we face. It is hugely important to us that we are doing everything in our power to become a fully equal, inclusive and diverse organisation. This means that at times we will need to challenge ourselves, feel uncomfortable and commit resource, energy and passion into making change happen. We will listen to and actively seek views from all stakeholders across the community.
By launching this statement, we are making a long-term commitment to increasing diversity, to ensure sustained and meaningful change.
Every one at Active Oxfordshire - our team, trustees, ambassadors and volunteers - will actively promote a positive culture of diversity and inclusion. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the Active Oxfordshire strategy "Fighting Inactivity, Tackling Inequality" and is closely aligned to Sport England's new 10- year Strategy. This statement sets out our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and our direction of travel for the future:
How we're creating a truly inclusive organisation
- We want to be seen as an organisation that is explicitly anti-racism and to adopt a similar approach with other forms of prejudice and discrimination. We believe in physical activity and sport for all people.
- We will ensure that all the services, guidance, and actions undertaken by Active Oxfordshire are not only fair and equitable but support positive action to tackle inequalities in our society.
- We will strongly support Sport England's plans to tackle inequality in sport and physical activity by adhering to the highest standards of Tier 3 Code of Sports Governance and supporting outcomes set out in the new 10 Year Strategy.
- We are taking steps to ensure that our organisation is more diverse and reflective of the community we serve. We have appointed new associate members of our board and a Board Champion for equalities. We provide training and workshops for our core team and trustees on diversity and inclusion.
- As a small core team, we are proud to have diversity in terms of age, gender and disability across all levels of the organisation; but recognise we need to do more.
- We have launched a new Active Ambassadors programme to ensure that people with lived experience of barriers to activity can have their voice heard. This powerful movement includes a diverse range of people who use their lived experience expertise to feed into our strategy, speak at events and shape our development as an organisation.
- We are investing in a new county wide Culturally Diverse Communities infrastructure group along with other Oxfordshire organisations, to develop stronger links and move forward together to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across the county.
- We will ensure that there is diversity within our decision-making process, by involving our Active Ambassadors and proactively seeking input and feedback from stakeholders across our community.
- We are taking positive action and co-designing interventions with partners that directly address inequality and exclusion, such as our Active Reach community based initiative alongside partner charities.
- We are working with partners to develop an Inclusive Oxfordshire movement, working with KEEN Oxford and Access Sport alongside other organisations.
- We have updated all terminology on our website and in other communications to move away from outdated, generic phrases and towards more inclusive language, based on advice and research undertaken by Sporting Equals.
Sport England: Joint Statement on Race in Sport review
Sport England has carried out a detailed, independent review in collaboration with other home country Sports Councils and UK Sport - into tackling racism and racial inequality in sport.
You can read the findings of this review, as well as plans going forwards here:
Active Partnerships Commitment to Tackling Racism & Racial Inequality
Tackling inequalities has always been at the heart of the work of Active Partnerships across the UK. As one of 42 Active Partnerships, Active Oxfordshire is proud to sign up to the Active Partnership Network's Commitment to Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality.
Whilst we are small organisations, we recognise the reach and influence we can have through our whole system approach to tackling inactivity and by building anti-racist practice into everything we do.
But this requires us to lead by example, recognising our weaknesses, with individual and collective commitment to taking action to become truly inclusive, anti-racist organisations.