LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
We acknowledge that our LGBTQ+ colleagues are likely to be suffering more from mental health than those not from this community and that many will have experienced verbal harassment, physical violence and/ or bullying. Many may feel that they don’t have a voice, and it’s pointless to raise complaints.
This group has been set up to provide an opportunity to express anything related to being LGBTQ+ at Tops Day Nurseries and Aspire Training, and to set up an action plan, fully supported by the Directors, in order to ensure that our LGBTQ+ colleagues are fully welcomed into our family and that any blocks or concerns can be raised and addressed. The group will also have a function to educate everyone, even those within the community so that working lives at least are a happy place to be for all.
The group found the following, “Steps to support in the workplace” which will also inform its actions:
1. Develop a Clear Mission for Supporting LGBTQ+ in the Workplace
2. Take LGBTQ+ discrimination seriously
3. Develop Support Programmes for LGBTQ+ Employees
4. Promote Allies of LGBTQ+ People
5. Get Support from Senior Staff
If you would like to join this group don’t hesitate to email Simon at Simon.Evans@topsdaynurseries.co.uk – The groups get together for an hour every month.