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Diversity and Inclusion




The Vale of Glamorgan Council is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best.


We want to promote equality and fairness for all in our employment and will not discriminate because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (LGBTQI+). We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All employees whether part-time, full time or temporary will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training and any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.


Employer Pledges and Accreditations 

Time to Change Employer Pledge

Time to Change Wales logoWe have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.


Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health ill health.


We are committed to changing how we think, act, and talk about mental health in the workplace to make sure that our employees who face these challenges feel supported. 


About the Time to Change Employer Pledge

Disability Confident Employer

Disability Confident Employer LogoWe are a Disability Confident Employer.


This scheme recognises employers who help disabled candidates into work and support employees if they suffer ill health during their working lives.


Under the scheme, we help people with disabilities in a number of ways including accessible interviews and prior consideration in recruitment.


We are proud to be a member of this scheme as it shows we are committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.


About Disability Confident Employers

Stonewall Diversity Champion

Stonewall Diversity Champion LogoWe are a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion scheme.


We work with Stonewall Cymru to access support, guidance, resources, and feedback to shape our policies, culture, and practice to make our workplace more LGBTQ+ inclusive.


We also submit on an annual basis to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index to assess and reflect on the inclusivity of our workplace.


About Stonewall and the Diversity Champions Programme

Race Equality Matters Trailblazer Bronze Status

Vale of Glamorgan REM Bronze TrailblazerWe have been awarded with the Trailblazer Bronze Status by Race Equality Matters.


Bronze is the first stage in the Trailblazer series spotlighting organisations that are implementing impactful solutions to drive race equality. This is for organisations that have implemented Race Equality Matters solutions and/or have taken action on race inequality in other ways.


Determined by an independent panel of experts, all with lived experience of racial inequality, the Bronze Trailblazer Status is #MoreThanAnAward which serves the purpose to:


  • Identify what is making a meaningful impact

  • Encourage those making an impact to keep the momentum going

  • Inspire others to up their game

  • Evidence an organisation’s commitment to #ActionNotJustWords to tackle race inequality


Vale of Glamorgan REM Bronze Trailblazer Certificate

Race Equality Matters Safe Space Plus Trailblazer Status

REM Safe Space PLUS TrailblazerWe have been awarded with the Race Equality Matters Safe Space Plus Trailblazer status. 


There are three main elements to the Safe Space Plus:

  • Inform and Educate: Senior Leaders ask ethnically diverse colleagues questions they may not feel comfortable to ask publicly for fear of sounding ignorant or offensive.

  • Understand: Ethnically diverse colleagues raise key issues of race inequality that are specific to their organisation and which they believe if addressed will have a meaningful impact.

  • Take Action: Senior Leaders decide which issue(s) to act on and develop action plans in partnership with ethnically diverse colleagues, setting targets and committing to monitor progress.


 About Race Equality Matters Safe Space Plus



Staff Networks

Our work in the equality, inclusion and diversity arena is going from strength to strength, with the establishment of our networks:


GLAM network (LGBTQI+) 

GLAM logoGLAM is a staff network of LGBT+ colleagues and allies that:

  • works to have a positive impact for LGBTQI+ colleagues in the workplace

  • raises overall awareness and visibility of its work

  • provides a social and supportive environment

The network meets monthly to provide support, an opportunity to discuss issues which affect LGBT+ people, and to identify ways to raise awareness of LGBTQI+ issues.


Diverse Network

Diverse Group LogoThe Diverse Staff Network is a positive step for our organisation in promoting an inclusive workplace that actively celebrates its diverse community and workforce.


The network aims to: 

  • Have a positive impact for colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the workplace

  • Raise overall awareness and visibility of its work

  • Provide a social and supportive environment

Establishing the network is a stride toward starting the conversation about race equality in the Council in a constructive and open way and demonstrating that uncomfortable conversations can lead to real change.

Abl (Disability Network)

ABL LogoAbl is the staff network for people with disabilities. Abl recognises that disability can mean different things to different people so will aim to include and not exclude, supporting you in whatever way you describe your disability.


Abl aspires to:

  • Provide support and information to staff with disabilities, as well as guidance to managers and allies

  • Raise awareness and understanding of different disabilities and health conditions to help improve experiences and relationships.

  • Shape and influence policies and services by being a representative group for engagement and consultation

  • Champion and support staff with disabilities in the workplace to drive increased outcomes and promote the voice of staff with disabilities in the Council

ABL will work with the other staff networks to promote inclusion, accessibility, awareness, and acceptance across the Vale of Glamorgan. 

The Wellbeing Champions

The Wellbeing Champions promote mental health and wellbeing activities, services, and support for Staff across the organisation.


The Wellbeing Champions aim to:

  • Encourage colleagues to participate in the Council’s wellbeing initiatives / challenges

  • Organise events and collaborative working with other Champions across the Council and other organisations

  • Role model and promote a healthy culture within the workplace

  • Signpost colleagues to relevant services and support