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Equality and Human Rights Statement

LCR clgLongford Community Resources  Clg

Equality and Human Rights Statement  

November 2017

1. Introduction

This statement affirms our commitment to equality and human rights. It serves as a guide to embed equality and human rights, for communities, participants and employees, in our work.

It enables us to address our obligations under the Irish Human Rights Equality and Commission Act 2014 to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and protect human rights in carrying out our functions.

2. Our Values

Our commitment to equality and human rights is motivated by a set of shared organisational values. These are:

Dignity

Autonomy

Empowerment

Inclusion

Social justice

3. Values and Objectives, Processes and Behaviours

3.1 Dignity

Dignity is about valuing people and people valuing themselves. It involves respect, acknowledgement of difference, and ensuring a sense of self-worth.

Longford Community Resources works to ensure that:

·       People and communities, in particular those who are marginalised, are respected, valued, have a voice, and are treated equally;

·       Employees are respected, valued, have a voice and are treated with dignity in a manner that is free from harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Longford Community Resources works through processes that respect the background, values, and opinions of people and communities equally and in a non-judgmental way.

Longford Community Resources staff treat each other, participants and the general public with respect and in a manner that takes their views and opinions into consideration.

3.2 Autonomy

Autonomy is about everyone having access to the same set of choices and the freedom and capacity to make their own choices, provided such choices do not impact negatively on the rights of others.

Longford Community Resources works to:

·       Open up options for people and communities so that they have real choices, support their capacity to make informed choices, and engage other agencies to similarly provide options and choices for people and communities.

·       Ensure employees have access to information, knowledge and insights and have opportunities to inform choices made across the organisation and to make choices about their own careers.

Longford Community Resources works through tracking new and emerging opportunities and developing responses to these that enable people and communities, in particular those who are marginalised, to avail of them.

Longford Community Resources staff support people in the choices they make.

3.3 Empowerment

Empowerment is about creating the environment where people and communities, in particular marginalised communities, can raise issues that concern them without fear, have these issues taken into consideration by decision-makers, and participate in and influence decision-making.

Longford Community Resources works to:

·       Encourage participation and engagement of employees, participants, and communities, in an open, inclusive, and transparent way, in its own planning, programme development, and evaluation processes and in those of other agencies.

Longford Community Resources works through approaches that are empowering for the community.

Longford Community Resources staff engage with participants and colleagues in a manner that is empowering for them.

3.4 Inclusion

Inclusion is about diversity and community. It involves removing isolation and building a sense of belonging to community, and promoting acknowledgement of diversity.

Longford Community Resources works to:

·       Identify barriers to inclusion, communicate these barriers to the wider public and relevant agencies, and act directly to address them or advocate to have them addressed.

·       Ensure the diversity of employees is acknowledged and accommodated, all employees feel part of a team, and all employees have a chance to be fully involved in the work and internal processes of the organisation.

Longford Community Resources works through processes of community development and rural development and takes steps to identify specific needs that flow from diversity and make adjustments in its work to take these into account.

Longford Community Resources staff work on the ground in communities and take account of the practical implications of diversity in their relationships with people.

3.5 Social Justice

Social justice is about the distribution and redistribution of resources and power in order to enable greater choices and improved outcomes for individuals and communities.

Longford Community Resources works to:

·       Assess the distribution of resources and power against criteria that are just, based on needs, and involve positive action, and to advocate at local, regional, and national levels for a distribution of resources and power that is just.

·       Ensure just pay and working conditions for all staff, within the resources made available to the organisation and to advocate for these to be increased where they are inadequate to achieve this objective.

Longford Community Resources works through targeting the most marginalised people and communities to ensure positive outcomes for them.

Longford Community Resources staff hold a social analysis with a knowledge and understanding of the experience and causes of marginalisation.

4. Implementing the Equality and Human Rights Statement

The first step in implementing this statement is the establishment and operation of a working group with a mandate and terms of reference to act as a guardian and a champion for this statement and its implementation.

An assessment of the equality and human issues pertaining to each of the five values and relevant to the functions of Longford Community Resources will be prepared and kept up to date for use in implementing this statement.

In making these values live within the organisation, Longford Community Resources will take steps to:

1.     Communicate the statement:

o   Put the statement on the website and make reference to the statement in all internal and external information materials, including the staff handbook.

o   Use signage, such as posters, to make these values visible within the organisation.

o   Organise discussions of the statement within each programme area to ensure a shared understanding of it among all staff.

2.     Engage staff members with the statement:

o   Develop case studies on how current initiatives of Longford Community Resources give expression to these values and the statement.

o   Organise twice yearly staff meetings that include discussion on the statement and the challenge of putting these values into practice.

o   Include a focus on this statement in induction of new staff and staff training.

3.     Engage stakeholders with the statement:

o   Bring the statement to the attention of community organisations that Longford Community Resources works with and encourage their adoption of such a statement.

o   Bring the statement to the attention of statutory agencies that Longford Community Resources works with and encourage their adoption of such a statement.

4.     Bring the statement into planning and evaluation

o   Apply the statement to ensure that its plans and funding applications are aligned with the statement and contribute to the objectives set for each of the values.

o   Monitor and evaluate the implementation of its work plans against the statement and the objectives set for each of the values.

Cookie Policy

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Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently remembering your preferences, and generally improve your web site experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

We can split cookies into 4 main categories:

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies
Category 2: performance cookies
Category 3: functionality cookies
Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

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Category 2 - Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

* By using our website and online services, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Category 3 - Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name and password) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

* By using our website and online services, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Category 4 - Targeting cookies or advertising cookies

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We do have links to other web sites and once you access another site through a link that we have provided it is the responsibility of that site to provide information as to how they use cookies on the respective site.

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Meet the Volunteer Centre Staff

 terriTerri Doherty is the Co-ordinator (part-time) at Longford Volunteer Centre. Terri works with potential volunteers to help them find a suitable volunteering opportunity. If you are thinking about volunteering and want to have a chat about what is available, contact Terri on 087-2915367.  Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

AngAngela Killion is the Outreach and Development Officer (part-time). Angela works with local volunteer involving organisations to help them develop their volunteering roles and to promote best practice in volunteer management. If you work with a voluntary or community organisation in Longford county and want to find out more about involving volunteers in your work, contact Angela on 087-7594770.  Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Madeline Madeline Doyle has joined Longford Volunteer Centre in August 2017 as a  Volunteer Centre Support Worker (part-time). 

You can contact Madeline on 087-3673030. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Policies

Access Request Policy

Statement of policy

This document outlines South Dublin County Volunteer Centre’s Access Request Policy to help ensure compliance with the access request provisions of the Data Protection Acts

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Adverse Weather Policy

03Statement of policy

Recent years have seen some severe weather conditions, which have adversely affected some of our staff’s ability to get into work by whatever transport route they use. This Policy has therefore been developed to cover those kinds of situations other than the norm, such as heavy snow falls, flooding, or severe weather warnings, etc. and to ensure so far as possible our staff are treated fairly and consistently.

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Anti-bullying Policy

3bullyingStatement of policy

The organisation acknowledges the right of all employees to a workplace and environment free from any form of harassment or bullying. Every member of staff has an obligation to be aware of the affects of their own behaviour on others.Any instances of bullying or harassment will be dealt with in an effective and efficient manner. In cases where the behaviour is proved to be repeated and consistent causing unnecessary stress and anxiety this will be considered gross misconduct. The organisation reserves the right to use the disciplinary procedure up to and including dismissal.

As part of this organisation's code of conduct, it is imperative that all staff and suppliers respect the dignity of every employee. Please consider the multi-cultural beliefs of all of your colleagues regarding your code of conduct, with particular reference to remarks, dress code, posters, e-mails and anything which may cause offence to a persons' gender, marital status, race, religion, family status, age, sexual orientation, membership of the Traveller community and disability

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Complaints Policy

Statement of Policy

medium complaint-dept-logo-smallThe South Dublin County Volunteer Centre (SDCVC) is committed to providing a high quality service to volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations, and other individuals and bodies interested in our work. We recognise that we may make mistakes from time to time, and that people may feel that the service they have received from us, or tried to receive from us, is unsatisfactory. We encourage feedback, both positive and negative, on all aspects of our policy and operations, so that we can maintain and improve standards on an ongoing basis. If an individual or organisation chooses to make a formal complaint, we will deal with this as quickly and fairly as possible and put things right where appropriate. 

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Data Protection Policy

Statement of policy

Data protection_logoThis policy is a statement of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre’s (SDCVC) commitment to protect the rights and privacy of individuals and compliance with the Data Protection Acts.

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 (the “Data Protection Acts”) lay down strict rules about the way in which personal data is collected, accessed, used and disclosed. The Data Protection Acts permit individuals to access their personal data on request, and gives individuals the right to have their personal data amended if found to be incorrect.

Inquiries about this Data Protection Policy should be made to The Manager, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, Unit F, Block 2, Exchange Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 

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External Garda Vetting Policy

STATEMENT OF POLICY

South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, as part of its service to support and promote volunteering, will act as an authorised  signatory for garda vetting for organisations within South Dublin County who do not have access to an authorised signatory within their own organisation.

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Volunteer Policy

statement of policy

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The South Dublin County Volunteer Centre exists to promote support, recruit and train volunteers and place them in relevant agencies in the South Dublin area. We recognise that in order to achieve our goals we need to involve volunteers in our own work too. It is also essential that we present a model of good practice in volunteer management.

We regard volunteers as a valuable resource and encourage them to get involved at all levels of the organisation and within all appropriate activities. We aim to train, support and supervise our volunteers to the best of our abilities, and to act quickly and fairly if difficulties arise. 

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Welcome


Longford has a long tradition of volunteering and we believe that Longford is a great place to continue that tradition. Volunteering enriches both the individual and the community and puts giving at the heart of how we all should live.

We provide a range of services for volunteers, where you can:

  • Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment 
  • Get information on volunteering opportunities 
  • Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering 
  • Get ongoing support and advice if you want it

We also provide a range of services to volunteer involving organisations:

  • If you need volunteers we will try and source them for you 
  • We can visit you and help with any issues about taking on volunteers for the first time, or to review current procedures 
  • We will come and talk to you about anything to do with volunteering, such as references, good practice, expenses ... and much more 
  • We provide a Garda Vetting Service for volunteer involving organisations who do not have an authorised signatory in their organisation. 
  • We don't charge for the majority of our services and we keep things confidential.  Have a look around our web site, it is full of information on volunteering and volunteer development and is updated regularly. 

If you would like to hear about some specific volunteering opportunities or if you would just like to hear more about the work of the Centres, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to working with you.

Longford Volunteer Centre is affiliated to Volunteer Ireland - The National Volunteer Development Agency and a support body for Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Information Services in Ireland. Longford Volunteer Centre is project managed by Longford Community Resources Clg.