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Working with partners

Working in partnership with equality colleagues in the other councils of Somerset, and with other public sector partners allows the council to work effectively, efficiently, avoiding duplication and share good practice.

Somerset Equality Officers Group (SEOG)

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:

  • Work collectively to develop a countywide approach to the equality agenda and therefore reduce duplication and increase efficiency 
  • Promote equality of opportunity and develop actions that improve the quality of life for all people living in Somerset through our partnership working
  • Improving equality of access to services by identifying and removing barriers 
  • Work towards eliminating discrimination and harassment and other prohibited conduct under the equality duty
  • Promote good relations and positive attitudes between the people of Somerset

SEOG Meeting Notes 

Icon for pdf Somerset Equality Officers Group - 13th June 2018 [246.3KB]
Icon for pdf Somerset Equality Officers Group - 12th April 2018 [268.32KB]
Icon for pdf Somerset Equality Officers Group 21st February 2018 [259.33KB]

SEOG Newsletter

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:

Icon for pdf Edition Seventeen - September 2018 [174.54KB]
Icon for pdf Edition Sixteen - July 2018 [264.36KB]
Icon for pdf Edition Fifteen - May 2018 [355.54KB]
Icon for pdf Edition Fourteen - January 2018 [357.52KB]

Working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community

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.

Icon for pdf BSL Charter for Somerset [170.95KB]

Multi Agency response to the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)

Icon for pdf Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) [4.15MB]

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.

Working with The Diversity Trust

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 support systems that they currently use
  • What they know about what is going on across the county to support them
  • What they think needs to be done and how this can be achieved

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.

The Diversity Trust website

Icon for pdf Somerset Gay and Bisexual Men research report [157.04KB]