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Equal Opportunities:

Policy Statement Commitment and Scope of Policy

We at Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association are committed to the principle of equality of opportunity for all volunteers, service provision and within decision- making structures.

This commitment will involve bringing equality of opportunity into the mainstream of our service to the community by integrating equal opportunities into all of its operations to take account of and reflect the diverse needs of the local community and to ensure that the Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival is open to all and that no competitors in the Festival will suffer any form of discrimination.

 Discrimination

 We recognise that issues relating to colour, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age and sexuality raise questions of discrimination in society. We acknowledge that to achieve the effective implementation of this policy requires taking positive action to overcome barriers to services and volunteering opportunities for groups who suffer discrimination. We also recognise that services need to be delivered by volunteers who reflect the diversity of our communities and that it is necessary therefore for this diversity to be appropriately represented throughout Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association. To this end we will seek accurate information about members of the management committee, association and volunteers, leading to appropriate marketing and provision of opportunities. We will work to ensure that Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association actively acts equitably and justly; that those people who experience discrimination feel welcome within our association and feel able to use and contribute to the organisation. To facilitate this, we will develop procedures and guidelines to ensure that all those involved in the Music Festival:
 
• know about the inequalities and difficulties faced by different sections of the community within which Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association operates
• have an understanding of the needs of these diverse communities • routinely assess the impact of policies and practices on particular groups of people • provide an appropriate and equal service to all within its area of benefit
• take all reasonable steps to ensure that venues are barrier-free Obligations Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association believes that no volunteer, group or individual should receive less favourable treatment than another on grounds of gender, sexuality, age, disability, race, colour, or ethnic origin. In addition to our moral responsibility we recognise our obligation under equalities legislation and will work to comply with the codes of practice issued by the three Equality Commissions. (Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission of Racial Equality and Disability Commission)

 
Implementation

 
We accept that the implementation of the equal opportunity policy is the responsibility of all those within Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association including the committees, volunteers and any other paid personnel. It is recognised however, that those on the management committee have a specific duty to set the required standards and ensure those standards are met.
 
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