We have a number of employee networks at Glasgow City Council which recognise and value the differences between all of our staff here. We are dedicated to creating and retaining a fair and inclusive workplace for all of our employees and service users and we hope to achieve this through our employment equality and diversity commitments. These include raising employees' awareness of equality and diversity; encouraging inclusiveness in our organisation by getting people involved; and attaining a workforce that better reflects the community we serve.
As part of our activities to encourage inclusiveness and get people involved, our employee Equality & Diversity networks were developed. Each of these networks provide our employees with an opportunity to meet with similar colleagues from across the organisation, build a support network with each other, work with us to promote equality and diversity to their colleagues and to help inform future policies, procedures and activities.
All of our networks are encouraged and supported to meet regularly and to attend events and training which will further support their personal and professional development.
Our BME network was launched in November 2018 and is focused on providing members with a safe space to share ideas, discuss relevant topics and provide each other with support and to take steps together towards positive action. We are proud to champion the Council towards becoming as diverse as the population of Glasgow City.
The Carers Employee Support Network was created with the understanding that many staff have, or will at some time in the future, have caring responsibilities for an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Balancing care responsibilities with your own needs and your work responsibilities can sometimes be a challenge. As a Carer Positive organisation we will do everything we can to support our employees who are carers and have a variety of policies, procedures and guidance to support you. The carers' network runs events which tackle issues and provide information around topics that members are interested in, such as caring for someone with a particular health issue.
Our Disabled Employee Peer Support network provides a supportive peer environment for our disabled employees and allies. Network events include discussion groups, consultation events, talks from inspirational speakers and disability organisations as well as informal catch ups. The network members work to raise awareness of issues which affect disabled employees and have an input to employment matters to ensure we provide a supportive and appropriate working environment for our disabled workforce. The network is key to us achieving our status as a Disability Confident Employer.
Our lean in network gives women (and anyone else who is interested in gender issues) a chance to get together, discuss relevant topics and share their ideas, insights and personal experiences. The group provides a positive and supportive environment which enables the members to relate to one another. The network has regular events such as celebrating International Women's Day, mentoring and confidence workshops and sessions to raise awareness on key issues.
Glasgow City Council's LGBTI+ Employee Network. This network aims to attract, support and develop the Councils' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (+ anyone who identifies as asexual, pansexual, nonbinary or any other sexual or gender identity) colleagues to be themselves in their work. All are welcome at Prism. Our network gives LGBTI+ colleagues (and their straight allies) a chance to get together and discuss their ideas, insights and experiences and to support and encourage each other. They run a variety of events such as Social Get Togethers, Speaker Events and Pride participation.