Diversity and inclusion
We believe God loves differences and variation, and where marginalisation is experienced, he wants to include. There’s clear evidence of this throughout the Bible.
At CAP, we’re intent on celebrating differences not just because that’s been modelled to us by God, but because we are stronger as a result. When we’re able to draw on the differences in who we are – our identity, culture and experiences in life – it leads to each of us feeling more accepted and able to contribute.
We want to make sure we actively recognise and celebrate differences. To reach this goal we're committed to actively improving as an organisation.
- Firstly, we’ve been listening to our staff through focus groups, reverse mentoring and surveys so we can understand what issues we need to address internally.
- We’ve been engaging with external research and studies and have been exploring strategies used by other organisations to implement change.
- We’ve been building relationships with communities and churches who have modelled inclusivity well so we can learn and gain insight into the changes needed.
- We also invested in two full days of training on inclusive leadership for our Managers and Leaders.
We also recognise those with lived experience of living in poverty in the UK are invaluable in shaping how we work. We aim to be intentional about prioritising the voices of people who have experienced UK poverty and churches who know the needs of their communities best.
Our newly appointed Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager will be supporting our journey of collaborative change across the organisation. They will be helping us in our commitment to engage with and implement strategy and action as individuals and as a collective team.
We’ll be continuing to implement and develop our program of change throughout 2022 and beyond.
We’re committed to:
Growing in our ability to support people from all backgrounds through the services we provide.
This means listening and learning from times we might have failed in the past so that we can change.
We’re also seeking to build our understanding of issues that contribute to debt in all communities and making sure we’re actively working alongside those fighting against them.
Building relationships across the UK.
We're embracing a journey of learning as to how to support and work with a wide range of expressions and denominations of Christianity.
Creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they belong and are able to contribute.
We’re determined to build structures and systems that make sure those who may previously have been overlooked know that is no longer the case.