C&P Leeds D&I Group
Bringing People Together - A story of dedication and breaking down barriers.
Campaign and Projects, Leeds is a new office of over 400 people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. The majority of staff joined in early 2019 and many were new to HMRC. The Diversity and Inclusion Group was formed by eleven volunteers who had a passion for raising awareness and bringing people together.
Our aim is to ensure that staff recognise that we all are individual and unique with different values, skills and ways of thinking due to the experiences that we have. We promote the benefits and opportunities that these differences bring to HMRC and encourage equality and inclusion for all. We do this by raising awareness of a diverse range of topics that are both relevant to our work force but also highlight absent identities. In the last 8 months, the group has delivered over 30 awareness campaigns covering a diverse range of subjects within the following themes: -
•Faith and belief
•Health, neurodiversity and disability
•Ethnic minority history and civil rights
Campaigns are delivered through face to face workshops, external professional speakers, team engagement activities and email/internet promotions.
The group's "Time to Talk Day" events were an example of promoting better understanding of Mental Health. They ran a digital workshop that provided resources for those dealing with mental health difficulties, myth-buster activities and a quiz. For Inclusion week, the group organised engagement workshops which included activities such as exploring identities and 'speed-inclusion'. The group recognised the potential detrimental impact of colleagues working from home due to COVID-19 and took the initiative to develop online weekly group tasks that would bring promote inclusion, teams together and combat individuals' feelings of isolation.