Equality and Diversity

3. Engaging and involving

We are committed to engaging with residents and staff when thinking about service delivery and issues that affect employees.

External

We consult extensively with citizens on a wide range of issues for many years. We aim to consult with representatives of all groups and organisations who have an interest in the services it provides. This includes residents, businesses, and other service providers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You may notice that when you receive questionnaires from us, there are 'monitoring questions' asking about age, gender, disability etc. We ask these questions so that we can:

  • check if we are promoting equality, complying with equality legislation, and promote community cohesion
  • check if a service is reaching all parts of the community
  • reveal discrimination or identify policies or services that adversely affect people from different communities
  • identify the need for new or changed services & measure the effectiveness of service changes

Knowing the varied experiences people tell us about won't explain why;

  • these differences occur
  • a service is under or overused
  • people have different experiences.

However, it does provide a starting point for asking questions and highlighting issues.

That is why we also work with a number of key stakeholders in the community around equality and diversity. This is through community groups, networks or partnership forums. This is to ensure that communities have an opportunity to get involved and have their say on issues in Stockport. Also there are groups (where relevant) that are specifically looking at issues relating to specific sections of the community.

We are always looking for opportunities to expand our engagement with communities. If you would like to find out more please contact the corporate consultation team on consultation@stockport.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can contact the Corporate Policy Team on corporatepolicy@stockport.gov.uk.

Internal

Internally, we have set up a number of employee focus groups. Their role is to support the wider Council when thinking about policies that affect employees. The groups also act as a support network and forum to raise discussion around issues that affect employees.

The established employees groups include;

  • disabled employees focus group
  • lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender employees focus group
  • black and minority ethnic employees focus group
  • carers employee focus group

For more information about these employee focus groups, please email equalities@stockport.gov.uk.