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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 SEOG Notes 13th March 2013 [92.51KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 29th April 2013 [51.93KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 6th September 2013 [63.59KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 25th October 2013 [81.06KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 6th December 2013 [76.13KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 7th February 2014 [141.29KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 5th March 2014 [132.88KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 24th April 2014 [122.22KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 20th May 2014 [120.34KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 12th December 2014 [136.8KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 20th February 2015 [219.27KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 24th April 2015 [210.53KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 2nd July 2015 [125.25KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 4th September 2015 [255.82KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 6th November 2015 [164.03KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 11th December 2015 [317.39KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 17th February 2016 [232.49KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 13th April 2016 [243.04KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Notes 6th July 2016 [268.34KB]

 

SEOG engagement event 15th September 2016

The second annual engagement event looked Accessibility. The event had 2 distinct parts:

1. Accessibility statement/commitment

The access statement will be for all organisations in Somerset that are committed to equality and access. The initial commitment will be from the local authorities in Somerset.

In relation to access this covers all elements that could put someone off accessing service or contacting the organisation. So that could be physically not being able to access the building, not being able to use a telephone, English not being your first language, being referred to in the wrong gender, not seeing images that represent you, reception staff not understanding that your speech pattern is due to a medical condition

The statement will include key actions that organisation will take as a minimum. It will also be clear that this is an on-going process that includes learning and engagement from the community. This will include what is most important to them to inform priorities for an organisation.

2. Digital accessibility

Over recent years the use of technology to provide services has become ever more apparent, with people using the internet and technology to manage their lives. However evidence shows that not everyone is using the internet and there is fast becoming a divide placing those who do not use the internet in a more vulnerable position. The public sector is now actively working towards the provision of services online.

Icon for pdf Equality Engagement Event Notes from Workshop 1 [151.3KB]
Icon for pdf Equality Engagement Event Notes from Workshop 2 [347.19KB]
Icon for pdf Equality Engagement Event Notes from Workshop 3 [258.07KB]

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 SEOG Newsletter Edition one - May 2013 [240.15KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition two - September 2013 [193.43KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition three - January 2014 [288.52KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition four - April 2014 [251.37KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition five - July 2014 [241.36KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition six - February 2015 [250.08KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition seven - May 2015 [291.97KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition eight - December 2015 [357.31KB]
Icon for pdf SEOG Newsletter Edition nine - April 2016 [257.09KB]

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]

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