A Community First Yorkshire event

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond Ticking the Box

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NEW FOR 2023: This new training on equality, diversity and inclusion is informed by a recent survey conducted among previous training attendees.

Inequalities and exclusion in society exist in the voluntary sector as they do in any other sector. Trustees, volunteers, and staff within the voluntary sector may not always reflect the communities our organisations serve.

Volunteers, staff, and others involved in voluntary work may also experience discrimination, prejudice, and harassment because of who they are, and because of the groups and communities that they are associated with. Because of this, people are prevented from accessing opportunities, resources, and decision-making spaces equitably.

Everyone deserves to be treated equally, fairly and with dignity. To achieve change, voluntary organisations as well as any other organisation have the responsibility to recognise and understand how people are excluded and disadvantaged, and then change their ways of working and behaviours to become more inclusive.

By becoming aware of the existing barriers that exclude people and by working towards removing them, voluntary organisations can become more effective at changing communities for the better.

This is a virtual workshop, which will take place via zoom.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • have an increased understanding of legal responsibilities related to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • have explored beliefs, values and attitudes that drive behaviour including unconscious bias
  • learned how to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion issues confidently and develop cultural competence in your organisation
  • identified how your organisation can foster an inclusive environment to improve diversity

This will also be an opportunity to work with others from across the region.

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for all those who are concerned with equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisation, from chief executives to trustees and chairs of trustee boards.

Please note this training is aimed at organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

About the trainer

Shahida Iqbal, Director, Manar Associates Ltd

Shahida has extensive experience of supporting charities to work through governance issues.

Cost and concessions

£35 (including VAT)

Concessionary places

Thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council, we have free ‘first come, first served’ places if you meet either of the criteria below. You can self-select a free place during booking.


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £5k


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £25k which is experiencing financial hardship and would struggle to pay .

These spaces are limited so if a free place is not shown when you go to book, you can ask to be added to the waiting list for a free place on a future training session.

No shows and concessions

Please note that if you don’t attend training that you have booked on without giving seven days notice, you will be required to make the full payment. This also applies to free places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.


Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before the event date.

Contact details

Booking queries contact
Email: info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Programme queries
Email: communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Booking details

Book your place here.

Booking deadline date: Monday 19 June @ 12:30