Inclusivity: ‘an intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized’
As a person I stand for inclusivity and accessibility, having grown up where I did I saw a lot of people having to climb out of their barriers and push themselves into opportunities that for some, were a given. Personally I am not a judgemental person – I try not to judge a person before I know them as often many, myself included, can put on a front and often really getting to know a person takes longer than one meeting. So why am I harping on about this?
Well recently I attended my first Springboard Social event and it got my wee brain ticking about this topic. In what other business would you find 22 people of all walks of life, different accents and colloquialisms, and job roles varying from the C.E.O to administrator rubbing shoulders dancing the cha cha slide together? Not many I reckon.
But that’s what Springboard is about to me, in our programmes we do not discriminate – we support all people from all walks of life of all ages. If you look at Future Chef we support all schools no matter their status, our Into Work Programmes – yes some are specific to groups of people for example Galvin’s Chance – but if you don’t qualify for that programme you will more than likely qualify for another – Hospitality Futures, Diageo Learning For Life, Inspire Work Experience.
The Springboard Charity’s message is – ‘Making a difference to people’s lives’ and I believe we do this – whether a 13 year old who doesn’t know what they want to do we provide experience, a person with a criminal conviction we provide a supportive, non-judgemental place for them to excel and gain new skills, for an 18 year old just leaving college who just needs a wee hand into industry we offer that hand.
I’ve only worked for Springboard for 6 months and when asked what I do now – I’ve struggled to describe it in just a few words with a concise message but after the team meeting it all came together for me. We are helping people and that is what connects us all from the top to bottom – we have inclusivity built into us, into our work ethic and practice. Not only does it make my job easier to work with likeminded people but to work for a business that has similar principals makes it even easier. So if like us you like to help people – or you think you need supporting please get in touch as I am sure there will be someone or something that can support you.
By Andrea Hardy