Community Workshop Thursday 29 March 2012 at Grosvenor Hall Belfast

26/03/2012

Belfast Trust began work on the scoping and development of a Good Relations Strategy in June 2011.

A multi-disciplinary group was established and is chaired by Co-Director of Human Resources. The group consisted of representatives from Service groups, Human Resources, Equality and Community Development along with Trust Chaplains, Trade Unions and a range of Community representatives.

What is Good Relations?

 “The growth of relationships and structures for Northern Ireland that acknowledge the religious, political and racial context of this society, and that seek to promote respect, equity and trust, and embrace diversity in all its forms.”

Promotion of Good Relations became part of the legislative framework through the introduction of Section 75 of the NI Act in 1998 - commonly known as the “Equality duties”.

Belfast Trust already has a range of initiatives in place to promote Good Relations for service users and for staff but is now striving to formalise this in a Strategy with an associated Action Plan.

The Trust has conducted an audit - internally and externally – to ascertain what work has been done and what further action could be taken in Trust service provision, employment and procurement. A survey has been undertaken with service users and staff and a scoping exercise has been carried out. Now, the Trust wishes to further engage through a Community Workshop.

The Community Workshop will take place on Thursday 29 March 2012 at Grosvenor Hall in Belfast and is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in how Health and Social Care can contribute to the promotion of Good Relations.

Places are still available, please contact:

Lesley Jamieson, Health & Social Inequalities on (028) 9056 3780 or alternatively via e-mail; lesley.jamieson@belfasttrust.hscni.net.