Our Approach to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Soundabout wants to make sure that the work we do is easy for everyone in the Learning Disabled community to join in with, including their families, carers, teachers and friends.  

Sometimes we will need to do things differently to make sure everyone is welcome, actively encouraged and supported to use Soundabout, and that is what our ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’ work is all about.

On this page, you can read more about what we are doing and the difference we are aiming to make. 

We are committed to equality and equity, valuing diversity within our community and to developing an organisation that is informed by the Soundabout community and the social model of disability.

Everyone should be free to participate regardless of gender, race, ability, religion, sexuality or age. We will provide equality and equity of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, working pattern, caring responsibilities, political beliefs, socio-economic status – or any other grounds.

Our goal is to ensure that these commitments, reinforced by our values, are embedded in our day-today working practices with participants, families, colleagues, practitioners, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders.

Soundabout’s mission is to use music, sound, and silence to create opportunities where Learning Disabled people with complex support needs thrive. To do this, we must put inclusion at the heart of our practice at all levels. We recognise that many barriers exist in our society preventing people from reaching their potential. We are working hard to develop Soundabout so that we can contribute to creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces, and delivery programmes that really meet the needs of our community and wider society.

We recognise that as an organisation we must continue to develop intentional practice to address inequality and inequity across – not just characteristics protected by law such as race and gender, but also areas such as class, education and language.

Soundabout has a working Action Plan to ensure we remain accountable to this commitment, and we have a monthly voluntary working group that contributes their talents to help us meet our aims.

We will demonstrate our commitment by:

Our Key Areas of Focus

2024

Developing ways for community engagement and opinions to be consistently at the heart of Soundabout’s decision making.

Better representation of Learning Disabled people in the Soundabout workforce.