Oakley Social Centre

(Village Hall Executive Committee)

Reg Charity No 300314


Oakley Social Centre (Village Hall)


Oakley Social Centre (Village Hall) Committee recognises that everyone has a contribution to make to our society and a right to equal treatment. We aim to ensure that no job applicant, committee member, volunteer, organization or individual to whom we provide services, will be discriminated against by us on any unfair grounds whatsoever.

We aim to foster awareness of prejudices in all who work for and with the Village Hall Committee, and we aim to encourage the removal of such prejudices.

We also aim to ensure that committee members, volunteers and staff working with individuals and with organisations for which the Oakley Social Centre Management Committee provides services do not suffer discrimination, and where this occurs, the Oakley Social Centre Management Committee commits itself to taking positive action against such discrimination.

Oakley Social Centre Committee is committed to:

addressing positively opportunities for full participation within the organisation

adopting an effective system to monitor its practice with regard to ensuring equality of opportunity

promoting good practice with regard to equality of opportunity for organisations and individuals involved in the work of the Oakley Social Centre Committee.

In particular the Oakley Social Centre Committee will:

work to ensure that all its services are provided in a way that promotes awareness of the rights and needs of people from minority groups and enables all people to have access to those services

work to ensure that our terms and conditions of employment and volunteering reflect a range of needs and interests that encompass people who may otherwise be disadvantaged. The policy of the Oakley Social Centre Committee is to ensure that no person receives less favourable consideration than others in the selection and appointment of staff or in the recruitment of volunteers.


Recruitment and promotion practices

The Oakley Social Centre Committee will ensure equality of opportunity for all job applicants and volunteers; it will ensure that:


Application forms are continually reviewed to ensure structure and content are not open to discrimination

when recruiting, the Committee will develop personnel specifications which recognises the importance only of relevant experience or qualifications.

acceptance of the Committee’s Equal Opportunities Policy is a condition of employment.


Service provision

The Oakley Social Centre Committee will take positive action to ensure its services to, and contacts with, other groups and individuals reflect this Equal Opportunities Policy. This will be effected by:

consulting with groups and individuals with special requirements to identify how the Committee’s services may be improved to meet their needs

ensuring that all individuals who represent the Committee are aware of understand and operate this Equal Opportunities Policy.


Employer’s responsibilities

The Oakley Social Centre Committee:

is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of this Equal Opportunities Policy

will ensure that all individuals within the Village Hall organisation, whether paid or unpaid, clearly understand and practise the principles contained in this Policy

will not victimise anyone who has provided information about discrimination

It shall be the responsibility of the Executive to keep the Committee fully up to date with developments or difficulties relating to the implementation of this Policy.


Employee’s / Users responsibilities

All employees of the Oakley Social Centre Committee and users of its services:

will be required to co-operate with measures introduced by the Committee to ensure and promote equal opportunities

will neither practise any form of discrimination nor use discriminatory language

will draw to the attention of the Committee any suspected acts of discrimination

will not victimise anyone who has provided information about discrimination.



This Equal Opportunities Policy will be reviewed by the Oakley Social Centre Committee annually at the Annual General Meeting.


This policy has been agreed and approved by Oakley Social Centre Committee.





Name        Andrew Finn                                              Position Chairperson