The partnership will provide the lead for working together to coordinate a rolling programme of Equalities and Diversity work covering the District and County Councils in Somerset.
The aims of the group are:
SEOG Meeting Notes
Each quarter the Somerset Equalities Officers Group will produce a newsletter looking at the work that is being done collectively by the group, highlighting individual pieces of work each council are doing. It is sent to a host of group county wide. Editions can be read below:
Working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community
The Councils of Somerset through SEOG have developed a Deaf Charter for Somerset which the councils have signed up to. A copy of the charter can be seen below
In order to ensure that the pledges are delivered an action plan has been developed and working group from the Councils has been set up to ensure that the issues and concerns of the Deaf Community are considered and responded to. The working group will also be looking at issues affecting other sensory loss groups.
In 2009, the Somerset Strategic Housing Partnership commissioned a county wide Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA). Essentially the assessments' purpose is to assess the accommodation related needs of Gypsies and Travellers, including Travelling Showpeople in Somerset. The opportunity was also taken to look further into some of the issues facing the community including education and health, giving a more rounded and detailed understanding of the issues facing the community today.
A project team of equality officers from the councils, and other public sector organisations together with officers who have an involvement with the Gypsy and Travelling communities, have been working collectively to bring together one response to the GTAA. The draft implementation plan is currently out for consultation with the community and other interested parties.
A Monitoring Group of partners will be formed in April 2012 and will monitor the delivery of the agreed actions in the plan. Reports on progress will be made to the community through the district forums and community sub group.
SEOG commissioned Diversity Trust to undertake the following research, using contacts in Somerset , talk to gay men specifically men over the age of 25 to understand
The report (attached) identified a number of recommendations. The SEOG identified the work that is being done at local level and identified the work that is still to be done. The feedback (attached) sets out the actions that will be undertaken.
SEOG will keep in contact with the community through the use of The Diversity Trust newsletter. Future articles and additions will added when published.