The Wessex Heritage Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales
(Registered number 1015271) and is governed by our board of Trustees. All
policies are approved by the Director of Development, and revised on an annual
basis. Our Sustainability Policy and Equality and Diversity Policy are available below.

For more information on our other policies, please get in touch through our
‘enquiries’ portal. 

 

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The Wessex Heritage Trust
Sustainability Policy

The Wessex Heritage Trust (WHT) works with people of all ages to help them
overcome personal disadvantage by engagement with their cultural heritage. It is
with this in mind we recognise our responsibility to ensure we develop our
operations in a sustainable manner in order to reduce our impacts on the
environment and encourage positive change wherever possible.
In order to ensure continual improvement, we periodically review our policy
annually, or whenever there are significant changes to our activities or delivery
areas.


We have identified the following policy aspects as key to incorporating sustainable
practices within all of our projects:


We shall reduce our contribution to climate change through minimising our
Greenhouse Gas emissions.


In order to achieve this:
• All staff members are required to car share to meetings and/or sessions
wherever practicable.
• Sessions and/or meetings are booked in order to minimise distance travelled
wherever practicable.
• Staff meetings are held in locations central to delivery area(s), and staff
members are encouraged to use public transport where possible.
• Partners, volunteers, and project participants are encouraged to use public
transport and are given information and support to do so in advance of
meetings or sessions where applicable.


We shall minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill through the application of
the Waste Hierarchy (The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011).


In order to achieve this:
• Staff members are encouraged to follow the Waste Hierarchy (Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle) in all aspects of project delivery.
• When items old or new are no longer useful to a project and are unable to be
stored we repurpose or donate items to our partners or other charitable
projects.
• Staff will are provided with reused or refurbished electronic equipment
wherever possible in order to reduce our production of Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
• We dispose of all unusable wastes using the most appropriate recycling
method, including but not limited to mixed recyclables, WEEE, batteries and
other office equipment.


We shall reduce our contribution to climate change by minimising our use of
resources.


In order to achieve this:
• Staff members ensure all office equipment is switched off when not in use.
• Staff members procure second-hand, refurbished or re-use existing office or
project materials wherever possible.
• Staff members are mindful of their use of utilities including electricity, water
and heating.
• Staff members are encouraged to forego the use of disposable plastics,
notably plastic cutlery, plastic cups, and single use plastic bags.


We shall improve the environmental behaviours and awareness of others by
promoting our sustainability policy to all staff member, partners, and project
participants.


In order to achieve this:
• Our policy is available on the Wessex Heritage Trust Website, and circulated
to staff and partners upon each annual review.
• All staff members are required to adhere to the actions set out in this policy
during all project activity and required to include all actions taken in their
annual project reporting.
• Staff are encouraged to use a ‘Think before printing’ email footer in order to
reduce unnecessary use of resources.
All staff members are aware of this policy and agree to their obligations as pledged
in this document. It is with this in mind we commit to making a positive contribution
towards sustainable development, and set a positive example within both our
professional partnerships and the communities we support.


Signed .........................................................
Ian Smith
Director of Development
Wessex Heritage Trust

 

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The Wessex Heritage Trust

Equality and Diversity Policy

The Wessex Heritage Trust (WHT) is a not for profit, self-funding charitable
organisation which works with people of all ages to help them overcome personal
disadvantage by engagement with their cultural heritage. Due to our wide ranging
partnership network, our staff, volunteers and project participants, ensuring Equality
and Diversity is an integral part of our operations. We are committed to ensuring we
remain lawful in all aspects of our activities according to our obligations under the
Equality Act (2010).


Policies and Practices
Scope: This policy applies to all staff working for WHT regardless of contract type or
length. All staff members have a responsibility to uphold the policies set out in this
document. Staff are expected to conduct themselves accordingly both within and
outside of the working environment and refrain from expressing views in direct
contradiction of this policy whereby their actions may adversely affect the
reputation of WHT and the wellbeing of staff and project participants.
Review: This policy is periodically reviewed annually, or whenever there are
significant changes to our activities or delivery areas.
Sharing: All new and existing members of staff are made aware of and agree to the
terms of this document and any future updates that are circulated.

Recruitment
The recruitment procedure ensures that applicants are able to submit applications
via a minimum of two methods i.e. written or email. Any applicant requiring
additional information or support is invited to contact WHT to discuss their
individual needs. All applicants are asked if the require any additional support or
resources preceding interview. WHT do not collect data regarding any protected
characteristics prior to interview. Selection for employment is considered solely on
the suitability and aptitude of the candidate.

Employment
All staff members are offered flexible working hours, the specifics of which should be
discussed with their designated line manager. This flexibility may include such
reasonable adjustments as:
• Full time or Part time working
• Adjusting days of work

• Flexible hours of work throughout the day
• Working from home
• Time off in lieu


Staff are not required to put non-statutory flexible working requests in writing but
encouraged to discuss any changing needs with their line manager. Any statutory
requests for flexible working are required in writing.

Protected characteristics
Staff members working for WHT are not subjected to, and will not subject others to
discrimination on the grounds of:
• Sex
• Gender Reassignment
• Marriage/Civil Partnership
• Pregnancy and Maternity*
• Race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin)
• Disability**
• Sexual Orientation
• Religion or belief
• Age
* Female staff members are protected for the period of their pregnancy and
maternity leave to which she is entitled. We will also make accommodation for
breastfeeding mothers where applicable.
** Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate any individual with a
disability on the basis that WHT are notified or have the reasonable means to
assume there is a legitimate need.


Procedure
WHT will not tolerate any direct, associative or perceptive discrimination on the
grounds of any of the aforementioned protected characteristics. Our policy in
continually reviewed in order to eliminate indirect discrimination to ensure that
opportunities of employment, training and progression are equally available to all
individuals and based entirely on merit.


Any form of intimidation, bullying of harassment experienced by a member of staff,
or if a staff member feels that they have been unlawfully discriminated against for
one of the above protected characteristics; staff are encouraged to discuss this with
their line manager.


If the situation cannot be informally resolved then the staff member should submit a
formal grievance, to be presented to the WHT Board of Trustees for their
consideration.

Any staff member alleged to have been in breach of this policy will be investigated in
confidence. Individuals having made allegations of discrimination shall not be
victimised or compromised in any way during or after the investigation. If allegations
prove to be falsified however, this may result in disciplinary measures at the
discretion of their designated line manager, senior staff members and/or the Board
of Trustees.


Reaching Project Participants (Social inclusion)
Targeted project participants are considered at the funding bid stage and
assessments are made throughout as to how to ensure protected or hard-to-reach
groups are represented across each project.


Special consideration it given to (including but not limited to) the following groups:
• Sex
• Gender
• Sexual Orientation
• Race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin)
• Age
• Religion of Belief
• Financial status


Equality and Diversity Data is collected (where possible) and used solely for the
purposes of monitoring our performance against minority group representation.
Reporting


Individual project reports will include all equality and diversity statistics as collected
throughout the lifetime of the project. These statistics are used to identify where
any indirect discrimination may take place and this information used to take
affirmative action in representing target minority groups.

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All staff members have agreed to this policy under the terms of their contract of
employment and are made aware of any changes and revisions should they occur.
This policy is publically available via the WHT website and available for download for
all interested parties. WHT are committed to continually improving our awareness
and actions towards eliminating discrimination and inequality.


Signed .........................................................
Ian Smith
Director of Development
Wessex Heritage Trust