A new tool for Manchester
Voluntary Youth Manchester have developed an audit tool with 42nd Street, GMCDP, Manchester Young Carers, The Proud Trust, #WeStandTogether and other organisations that focus on working with young people with protected characteristics. The audit tool aims to support projects and services take simple steps to increase access and inclusion for young people.
Why an access and inclusion audit tool?
Manchester is a young city, with 25% of the population between 10 – 24yrs old. We have one of the highest proportion of people reporting a disability that limits them a lot in their daily activities. There is an increase in racism within Manchester and we have seen an increase in transphobia and homophobia nationally. Manchester has one of the highest number of deprived neighbourhoods in the country.
Equality and Inclusion are at the heart of youth work. The value to “treat young people with respect and avoid negative discrimination” (National Youth Agency) support the Public Sector Equality Duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act.
Feedback from the youth work sector in Manchester shows a desire from workers to ensure their projects are accessible and inclusive. Young Manchester, along with Greater Manchester Youth Network, have funded the audit tool to offer support to youth focused organisations and the tool will feature as part of Manchester’s Celebration of Innovation in March 2020.
Who is the audit tool aimed at?
Anyone who works with young people. This could be project workers, youth workers, art workers, sports coaches, assistants, advisers, support workers. This tool can be completed with young people, or by management.
What does the tool aim to do?
- Highlight strengths and blind spots that may exist
- Encourage conversation and consideration towards issues of equality and equity
- Bring about critical thinking and changes to develop inclusive practise
How can my organisation get involved?
We are soft launching the Equality, Access and Inclusion audit tool on 17th January 2020. You will are invited to the soft launch where we will share the tool and guide for using it. You will then take it away to use with one or more of your projects / services. As part of the pilot, we will be evaluating the tool by carrying out a structured conversation and questionnaire to help improve the tool for final launch on the 4th March 2020. It is expected that the total time for piloting and evaluating the tool will be 2 hours, excluding the events.
If you have any questions about the access and inclusion tool, please contact Steph Champion: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07912 359930