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Inclusivity statement

CAPS is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion within our organisation. We aim for our organisation to be truly representative of all sections of society, and for each volunteer, participant, and staff member to feel respected and welcome at CAPS.  

CAPS is an organisation which values individuality and we recognise the variety in the range of people with diverse experiences, beliefs and backgrounds that may access our services and we encourage their participation with open arms. We appreciate individual differences as they allow us to learn more about the needs of those that we work with and broaden our understanding on the issues faced by marginalized groups.  

CAPS works with people facing various kinds of disadvantage including those experiencing mental health issues and those affected by drug or alcohol use. We want to break the stigma around the issues our advocacy partners face and improve access to services.  

We work in-line with our detailed equality policy to commit to a fair working environment and to ensure our organisation is free from unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment, victimisation and to ensure that we are promoting dignity and respect for everyone involved in our organisation. 

This commitment includes training managers and all other employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves in a way which contributes to this policy, monitoring the inclusivity in the work that we do and promoting constant improvement through education and training.  Everyone is welcome at CAPS and everyone who accesses our advocacy services are treated with the high level of dignity and respect that they deserve, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic class, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, criminal background, and age.

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