We have recently established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee at CMG which includes a number of employees from various roles across the organisation. It was set up to meet a number of aims and objectives, namely; to reinforce the positive benefits of inclusion, to recognise the talent that our diverse workforce brings, to apply the same values and level of understanding to our colleagues as we do to service users, and to review and develop relevant policies and procedures to strive for better practice.
One initiative that is being supported by the committee is the CWTCH welsh language project which is being developed by our Welsh business. CWTCH is the welsh word for hug/cuddle, but has been chosen by the Welsh business, as an acronym for their project: Choose Welsh to Communicate Heddiw (‘today’ in welsh). This project supports recent measures which have been added to the Welsh Language Act for employers in social care to deliver the opportunity for people to communicate in Welsh should that be their preference.
As a Welshman myself, I am really pleased to endorse this initiative! It commenced in September with a commitment for all staff and stakeholders in Wales to be given the opportunity to communicate through the medium of welsh, by learning a ‘word a week’ to extend their vocabulary. Additionally, it is now common place to have your phone call answered with a cheery bore da (good morning) or prynhawn da (good afternoon).
Claire Pritchard, our Welsh Operations Director, is also in the process of undertaking a survey to allow the inclusion and diversity committee to develop a Welsh language policy, inform our statistics around the Welsh language and prioritise which documents would be most helpful if translated into Welsh. If anyone is interested in taking part or receiving weekly updates, please contact Claire: Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the subject of diversity, we held our fifth annual Black History celebration event last week. It was a fantastic celebration of food, dance and songs from around the world and great to see so many people we support and staff joining in the celebrations. A few photos from the event are below.