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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Kirklees council set out to make a more inclusive environment with a new 2022 plan

The council will review the proposed Inclusion and Diversity Strategy which addresses an inclusive pandemic recovery plan.

If this is accepted by the full council in January, the new plan will be carried out in the next two years.

There are four main priorities of the new strategy which includes: Inclusion First, Projected Search, Culturally Confident Colleagues, and Inclusion Allies.

The purpose of inclusion first is to make sure the council services embed inclusion at the beginning of the planning stage of any project or piece of work. By this taking place, the council can work a lot more efficiently alongside the communities which make up Kirklees who need the support.

Only nine percent of adults who have learning difficulties are in paid work within Kirklees, the council has entered a partnership with Project Search and Kirklees College to give a one-year internship to young adults.

In the next couple of years, the council aims to increase the number of internships offered and aim to retain fifty percent of each Project Search cohort to be full-time members of staff.

The aim of Culturally Confident Colleagues will make sure that the council staff are all trained to understand residents’ and colleagues’ cultural values which will enhance service delivery and this in return will allow the council to become a more inclusive employer.

Councilor Shabir Pandor, leader of the Kirklees Council said: “This strategy puts inclusion at the heart of everything the council does. It reflects our ambition to leave no one behind in our recovery from the pandemic.

“We made some positive achievements towards our inclusion and diversity agenda in such challenging circumstances during the pandemic and I’m so proud of our residents, staff and partners who were instrumental in this.

“From flying the Windrush flag over the town hall, celebrating our first-ever South Asian History Month, marking the route of the Pride march in Huddersfield on its fortieth anniversary, the Iroko project being nominated for a European Diversity Award, the launch of our health checks programme for those most at risk, Project Search, and our name-blind recruitment, to name a few.”

For those wanting to know more about the new inclusion and diversity strategy plan, visit here.

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