Equality and Diversity
WLM is an equal opportunities employer. We cherish the fact that WLM is a mixed community made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and we see this as a core expression of our inclusive Christian ethos.
WLM has an absolute commitment to diversity which is about:
- Recognising and valuing difference
- Recognising and seeking to redress inequality and disadvantage
We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplaces are free from unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), sexuality, religion or beliefs, marital status, disability, age, pregnancy or trade union membership, or the fact that they are a part-time worker or a fixed-term employee.
We aim to ensure that our employees achieve their full potential and that all employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria.
All employees, volunteers and workers have a duty to act in accordance with this policy, and therefore to treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other members of staff, whether junior or senior to them. In some situations, WLM may be at risk of being held responsible for the acts of individual members of staff and will not therefore tolerate any discriminatory practices or behaviour.
Our Inclusive Christian Ethos
We realise that issues of equality and diversity are important to many people who are thinking about applying for a job with WLM. The relationship between faith and inclusivity can be very complex and challenging. WLM is committed to ‘doing what it says on the tin’ and being open and transparent and not having any hidden agendas. A former member of staff, said this at a recent exit interview:
"I was hesitant about working for a Christian organisation. I think I was worried that religion would be a distraction and get in the way of supporting people. But whilst working for WLM I saw that there can be a healthy relationship between religion and service provision. WLM doesn't force Christianity on anyone - its Christian ethos creates a welcoming environment for all and I came to realise there is strength is recognising the importance of faith in recovery and wellbeing."
Alan Robertson, former Senior Project Worker, The Haven
The Church where West London Mission is based, Hinde Street Methodist Church, is signed up to Inclusive Church. See their website to find out more about this initiative and its commitments.