Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Chino Cabon delivers
At Goseley Community Centre, Hartshorne, Derbyshire, this morning, delivering training for the Regional Equality and Diversity Partnership (REDP).

I'm here with Chino Cabon, from The Race Equality Centre (TREC), one of REDP's four Core Partners. We're presenting on the Equality Act 2010 at a staff development day for South Derbyshire CVS. There are 27 attendees, a mix of paid staff and volunteers.

Chino (in the orange shirt, photo above) takes the first session, giving an hour-and-a-half long overview of the Equality Act: its history (including the decades-long back story of equality legislation in this country); innovations and extensions (what's new and what it retains from previous legislation); what's lawful and what's unlawful under its provisions; who it protects and who's responsible for its enforcement.

I do something half that length focusing on disabled people and the Equality Act. Not my specialist area, that's true, but it's part of the deal at REDP that we're able to double up for each other and cover all the Protected Characteristics.

Chino's presentations are always encyclopaedic and rooted firmly in the texts. Mine tend to be a bit looser. Variety is the spice of life! I use five scenarios, affecting or involving disabled people, of the kind that those here may have experienced in their own lives, or of the type which may have been brought to them for advice or guidance. The scenarios are taken from Disability LIB's handy Equality Act Toolkit.

As soon as my session is finished, we dash off back to Leicester, so I can get to the meeting of REDP's Core Reference Group at Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living. We're leaving just as lunch starts here; we'll probably arrive just as lunch ends there!

1 comment:

  1. Getting across the benefits of diversity is also a great way to increase awareness and ensure organisations adhere to the Equality Act. Awareness and training is the key, so hats off to you and Chino.