Let’s #emergeinclusive from Covid-19 lockdown by thinking through mental health support, accessibility & integrated teams for those still in isolation, and how the changing business world is an opportunity for innovation in wellbeing.

Throughout Covid-19 we have been talking to local small businesses, our researchers, and our partners (who have been doing some amazing work on the ground delivering groceries and medication, running community kitchens and more) about how the world of wellbeing is changing, how creativity and innovation are springing up amid new need, and what kinds of new resilience is needed by businesses at this time.

Above all, we have heard from our partners disability Cornwall and Age UK Cornwall (and supported a survey that showed) how isolation has profoundly impacted people who are disabled, who have long-term health conditions, and who are older. And continues to do so.

Vulnerable people won’t ‘unlock’ from isolation just because the business community does. Diversity enriches business, so let’s #emergeinclusive. – Click to tweet

To continue these discussions in a more public arena, The Inclusivity Project has a webinar series coming up, offering you panel discussions that draw together speakers who have key insight to share from their own network.

We hope you’ll sign up, come, and give us your perspective on these topics too. Right now, it’s so important that we cross the divides of isolation to understand the viewpoints and priorities of different groups, and hear about all the new opportunities that are emerging too.

Here are the events:

What is bias, and how does it affect the workplace?, 30/06/2020, 10:00-11:00

Join us at The Inclusivity Project for our first ‘Question Time’ style event.

The format will feature a panel answering questions from the audience.

The focus of the event is the effect that bias – conscious and unconscious – has on our workplaces and our experiences of work. When you sign up, you’ll have the opportunity to submit a question in advance and, of course, you’ll also have the chance to ask questions on the day!

Confirmed speakers so far are Dr Daniel Derbyshire (Research Fellow, The Inclusivity Project), whose research focuses on the role that bias plays in creating barriers to employment for people with disabilities and older people, and Dawn George (H.R. Director, Eden Project), who has been actively evolving Eden’s approach by incorporating insights from unconscious bias training.

We hope you can join us for our first ‘Question Time’ event what we hope will be a timely and interesting discussion on a highly pertinent topic.

How accessible is online working?, 16/06/2020 10:00-11:00

The rapid shift to remote working and online events caused by coronavirus has made them far more accessible in many ways.

In this practical session we will look at the accessibility of different technologies, offer some practical tips and consider how the lockdown experience might shape a ‘new normal’ in the workplace.

But is there a risk of replacing one type of exclusion with another?

And what do you need to know to make your work and events accessible to all?

Innovation Funding: what is it and how to access it, 03/06/2020, 13:00-14:00

While coronavirus has hit business hard, it has also prompted rapid innovation.

In this webinar we will highlight innovation funding opportunities and provide advice for businesses thinking of applying.

Learn about funding opportunities, identify what is relevant to you, gain tips to help make a successful application and hear about other sources of support.

The New World of Work, 09/06/2020, 10:00-11:00

At this difficult time, we will look at the ripple effect of lockdown on the way we work in the future.

The past weeks have been a rapid, forced experiment in working from home and flexible working.

What lasting impact will this upheaval have? Will it make our workplaces more inclusive or create different types of exclusion?

Mental Health and Cornwall’s Business Community,  02/06/2020, 10:00-11:00

Business owners and their staff are dealing with rapid change, circumstances beyond our control, financial pressures and isolation.

Staff will be juggling isolation, work stress, Coronavirus risk and its inherent anxieties and financial pressures and some may need support around bereavement.

Cornish businesses are invited to join a discussion on how to support good mental health in the workplace, especially in these particular times.

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The Inclusivity Project webinar on a computer screen

When you sign up, you get a free exclusive 10-minute video training, The Five Workforce Trends Every Small Business Should Know About, as well as getting a summary of the same info in time-saving, easy-to-digest infographic format.

Five Workforce Trends infographic from The Inclusivity Project

You’ll also hear about all opportunities to get business support if you’re in Cornwall or Isles of Scilly, and to be the first to hear about the research that comes out of The Inclusivity Project.