Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equality and inclusion are at the heart of RGUK values. This statement shows how we work ensure everyone should have a fair and equal experience working with and alongside RGUK and in the field of addiction and recovery.
 

As an organisation whose sole purpose is to give a strong and powerful voice to people who often go unheard, the Equality Act serves as the minimum for our work. Everyone should have a fair and equal experience working with or alongside RGUK, beyond the requirements of the protected characteristics and requirements as stated in the Single Equality Act 2010


 

Working with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
 

Our approach to these issues is more important than ever, as we seek to understand and mitigate the different and disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is having on people who are reliant on drugs and alcohol or in recovery now and in the years that follow.
 

We will design our programmes of work to meet the diverse needs of the people and organisations we represent and challenge inequality in the following ways. We will:
 

  • Work to ensure our evidence base more accurately represents the diversity of the communities we serve.
     

  • Ensure that, where possible, every piece of work we undertake is designed through an equality and inclusion lens to deliver real-world impact that addresses issues relating to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
     

  • Involve and consult with individuals and groups with specific experience of issues relating to equalities, diversity, and inclusion as necessary.
     

  • Develop our work through diverse local and national partnerships, where appropriate.
     

  • Expand our board of advisors, lay people, former service users and experts further to capture more insight and knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion.
     

  • Proactively ensure a diverse range of community, cultural and other relevant needs are explored with a view to ensure inclusionary practices are adopted in user service provision across the field of addiction treatment.