Stonewall is a leading national LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) organisation that promotes equality and diversity. We are involved in several Stonewall programmes.
Workplace Equality Index
Since 2005 the Workforce Equality Index has been a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.
In 2018 434 employers took part, with employee of the year going to the National Assembly for Wales. Sheffield City Council was in the top 10 in for our sector (Local Government) and ranked 101 overall, which means we sit just outside the top 100 for the first time ever. However we remain strongly committed to LGBT+ equality and inclusion in the workplace and we are now looking at our feedback from Stonewall and identifying areas for improvement.
The Diversity Champions programme was launched by Stonewall in 2001. It is a forum in which employers can work with Stonewall to promote diversity in the workplace. As a member of the programme, we have committed to working with Stonewall to improve our workplace for our LGBT staff.
Being a member of the Diversity Champions programme gives us access to one-to-one advice from Stonewall’s Workplace team and networking with hundreds of high profile employers.
Education Equality Index
Stonewall’s Education Equality Index is about celebrating difference, preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and supporting LGBT young people in their local community.
We are proud that for the sixth year running we have been in the top 10 of Stonewall’s Education Equality Index 2016. We are ninth place overall and Stonewall singled out praise on mental health and social support being provided to vulnerable groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students.
Every 2 years we survey schools to evaluate their progress in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and work to develop city-wide guidance on supporting trans children and young people.
Our staff, as well as staff across schools and our partners, continue to support our LGBT young people in the city as we know that they are still disproportionately likely to experience bullying and abuse. We know that too often LGBT young people lack spaces where they feel able to be themselves.
As part of Stonewall’s Education Champions programme, we work with other local authorities and Stonewall to establish ways in which we can address homophobic bullying in schools and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people.
More than a quarter of all local authorities in England and more than one third of the London boroughs are already members of the programme.