The Inclusivity Project
The Inclusivity Project is a joint piece of work, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the South West Academic Health and Science Network. The project brings together research from the European Centre of Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter in collaboration with our partners, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, disAbility Cornwall, Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, to support small and micro businesses in Cornwall.
The Inclusivity Project has worked to generate a better understanding of some of the challenges and opportunities facing employers in creating inclusive places to work, particularly for people who are 50+, disabled, or have a long-term health condition.
We have conducted research into unconscious bias, organisational resilience as well as a systems approach to understanding recruitment and retention of older and disabled workers in Cornwall. Further, the project’s Knowledge Exchange service has empowered SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers they have faced in their aim to be a more inclusive workplace, both pre and post pandemic.
Since March 2021, the team has been working closely with a local, independent charity based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The charity works with the local community to support older people through a range of products and services with the aim of promoting their interests, independence and wellbeing.
- UK charity with regionalised operations
- 140 staff based in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- 300+ active volunteers
This resource is aimed at organisations that are seeking to develop a collaborative process of culture change. This process aims to support these organisations to –
- Develop a flexible and hybrid culture of work that is explicit, fair and equitable with enhanced positive connection and inclusion
- Adopt a planned, systematic approach while navigating the transition to hybrid working
- Utilise the opportunity to make work more accessible, more inclusive, and more enriching to our lives
Co-designing the processes, policies and culture change with all members of the workforce is essential towards understanding how to democratically embed an enriched culture of work that doesn’t introduce new inequalities, but instead responds to the unique and diverse needs of the workforce. The co-design process also creates individual accountability and participation in the culture change process.