Our Equality and Diversity policy and action plan seek to formalise our commitment to being an inclusive organisation that values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve.

To a large extent the policy and action plan has been shaped by the many groups we work with and have engaged with in this process. Both will change and develop over time to reflect the changing needs and requirements of the community.

We pledge to continue to work closely with the community on this agenda to ensure our plans coming forward:

  • are relevant, valued and vibrant
  • demonstrate our commitment to inclusion
  • celebrate diversity as a local asset
  • are perceived to be genuine and constructive

We will announce initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to this area and that show our support for specific minority groups in the local community that we understand need support and recognition.

Following the 2016 AGM we sought legal advice on the public sector equality duty which you can read here.

Our progress so far (updated February 2019)

We published our Equality and Diversity Policy and accompanying Action Plan in 2016 after consulting with a range of local individuals and organisations on developing these documents. The plan is being updated at the moment but we have made significant progress over the last couple of years. Achievements to date include:

  • Face to face equalities and unconscious bias training for all staff and trustees (with further training to take place during 2019)
  • Introduction of a Tenants' Charter on equality and diversity
  • Policies on recruitment and complaints updated to reflect our equality and diversity policy and the needs of the local community.
  • Policy on grant-making and the criteria used for assessing grant applications developed and published.
  • Public statement on the reasons why we collect equalities data and how we use that data.
  • Case studies published that reflect the diverse range of beneficiaries of Westway's services, tenancies and grants.
  • Signed up to ‘Ban the Box' and removed the section on previous convictions from our job application forms, with the aim of giving those with convictions a fairer chance of competing for jobs at Westway.
  • Better targeting of recruitment exercises.

In 2018 we asked the Tutu Foundation to undertake an independent review of the claims of institutional racism at Westway. The review is due to report during spring 2019 and we have committed to acting on the recommendations that come from it.

We invite comments and feedback on any aspect of this work. In our experience, improvement in performance works best if we receive feedback to refine and reflect what is important.

Rewards and Benefits

If you want to make a real difference to people's lives, and your own, Westway Trust is a great place to work. We don't just want you to work for us, we want you to Join Us and become part of the dynamic local community that we serve.

We strive to be the best that we can be, and work hard to provide activities, services and opportunities that will allow all members of our community to do the same. We offer a huge range of services, activities and opportunities to an equally wide range of people - from our own diverse community, to visitors we attract from around the globe. With so much going on, and as we continue to look for ways to improve and innovate, we need talented and hardworking employees who share our determination and drive.

We serve a diverse and vibrant community, and reflect this in our own organisation. We deliver services to people, through people. Our people are therefore at the core of who we are, and we want to know who you are, not just what you can do. We employ people from all backgrounds, with all kinds of experience and career pathways, and our organisation is all the better for it.

Here are just a few examples of what you could do here:

  • Deal with our loyal members and visitors in face-to-face customer services
  • Maintain and improve our landscaping and outdoor spaces in the grounds and gardens team
  • Develop and manage our varied property and estates portfolio
  • Work with community groups and social enterprises to change lives
  • Share expertise and transfer your knowledge to others as part of our learning and education team
  • Promote and deliver first-rate community and elite sports & fitness activities
  • Support everything we do within one of the business services teams

If our values sound like your values, and you like what you've read, we'd love to hear from you.

Once you work for us you will receive a competitive benefits package including membership to the company contributory pension scheme, free sports and fitness membership, bicycle and season ticket loans and shopping discounts.

We also offer opportunities for you to join us through work experience, internships, apprenticeships and volunteering.

View our current jobs available.

Accolades

We were awarded ‘Investors in People' Gold status in 2015. We have joined an elite group of employers to gain Investors in People's sought-after Gold standard for the way it develops and supports staff.

Gold is the highest level of recognition which organisations can achieve and is only given to those that are able to demonstrate a degree of excellence in the way they develop and support their staff. Only 1% of nationally IiP-accredited organisations achieve Gold status.

In awarding the Gold standard, the assessor noted: “Westway employees are proud of the difference that they make to their local community and are passionate about its continued success.”

We have also become the first employer in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to be accredited under the Mayor of London's London Healthy Workplace Charter. We have achieved Commitment level in the scheme which recognises employers' work to improve health among staff.

Westway Trust was commended for offering Mental Health First Aid training to all employees, free gym memberships, healthy eating initiatives and supporting events such as World Mental Health Day and the quit smoking campaign Stoptober. The Trust now aims to continue its progress and move to the next stage in the Charter.