Equality and Diversity Policy
Foodage4thought believes that everyone has a right to be healthy, safe and included –
ALL sessions are designed to promote the well-being of participants/learners.
We are committed to creating and maintaining learning environments that are as safe and inclusive as possible, for the duration of the sessions.
Foodage4thought Community Interest Company (F4T CIC) ensures it provides equality of opportunity for ALL participants/learners in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
In order to do this Foodage4thought ensures that:
- The sessions are open to all participants/learners. (Except where stipulations by partner organisation may alter this)
- The F4T recognises that many different types of family successfully love and care for children.
- Sessions are free to participants ensuring access for families with differing means.
- Sessions demonstrate a respectful awareness of and offer opportunities to celebrate major events and festivals in the lives of participants/learners and society as a whole, welcoming and embracing the diversity of backgrounds from which they come.
- Participants/learners are respected and their individuality and potential are recognised, valued and nurtured.
- Activities offer opportunities for participants/learners to develop and learn in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination, encouraging exploration, acknowledgement and valuing of the similarities and differences between the participants/learners.
- Resources are carefully selected to provide a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of our multi-cultural society.
- Materials are selected to help encourage self-respect and respect of others by avoiding stereotypes, derogatory pictures or messages about any group of people.
- The F4T recognises the wide range of special needs of participants/learners within the community, and considers what part it can play in meeting these needs.
- Sessions, methods and resources are adapted to accommodate the needs of all participants/learners ensuring equal opportunities for all.
- Discriminatory behaviour / remarks are not acceptable within sessions
- Information both written and spoken will be clearly communicated.
- Multi-lingual participants are valued and encouraged to share their experiences and language within sessions.
- All participants are encouraged to share their knowledge, skills and family / local recipes and ideas with the group.
- Ingredients and recipes from around the world are used across courses to introduce a wide range of tastes, flavours and dishes to the participants.
- Recipes are incorporated to celebrate different cultural and religious festivals throughout the year.
- Medical, cultural and dietary needs (including allergies) of all participants will be met. (See Appendix A)
- It is the responsibility of the F4T to make all learners aware of F4T’s commitment to and implementation of equal opportunities.
- The F4T encourages learners to provide certain details for equality and diversity monitoring.
- The F4T also encourages all learners to provide feedback to the centre on their learning experience by responding to a questionnaire issued at the end of each course, with specific reference to their experience of access and equality of opportunity. Monitoring of compliance with equality and diversity.
- All feedback, both formal and informal, from candidates, employers, clients or other interested parties, is reviewed by the F4T. If any changes to the centre’s policies or procedures are considered necessary to maintain compliance, these are actioned as soon as possible.
When working with learners of different ethnic backgrounds, cultures or religions it is advisable to
talk with them to discover their personal dietary habits as they will vary from individual to individual.
Date of policy: 19th May 2022
Date policy last reviewed: 19th May 2023
Date of next review: 19th June 2022
Signed: Ally Read
Print Name: Ally Read
Job Role: Director
Food to avoid
Processed or preserved foods. Foods from the vine
Often vegetarian. They eat ital. foods – that are whole or in a natural form.
Many are vegetarian
Beef, pork, ham & poultry
Lacto-vegetarian. Must be from animals that have been killed by a single blow to the head. May fast regularly (1st day of Punjabi month)
Pork, ham and shellfish
Must be halal. (Ritually slaughtered and cleaned as no blood is permitted to be eaten). Fish with scales and fins can be eaten. Regular periods of fasting e.g. Ramadan.
Pork, ham and shellfish, eggs with blood spots.
Meat must be kosher. Fish with scales and fins can be eaten. Meat and dairy foods must not be prepared/eaten together. Periods of fasting.
Many are vegetarian. Fish and pork are not often eaten. Periods of fasting common.