Equal Opportunities Policy

  1. Policy Statement

    The Westmorland Orchestra is committed to the equal and fair treatment of all individuals, including members of the orchestra, professional performers and members of our audiences, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, religious or political beliefs or opinions. We will endeavour to make our activities inclusive and the Committee will maintain an awareness of possible discrimination in the planning of our activities.

  2. Membership

    Membership of the Orchestra shall be in accordance with the current version of the ‘Constitution of the Westmorland Orchestra’. (see section 3 ‘Membership and Subscriptions’). Subject to the above, no one shall be refused membership of the Orchestra, or of the Committee, or of our audiences, or be debarred from working with us, on any of the grounds listed in para 1 above.

  3. Responsibility

    The Chairman of the Orchestra is responsible for implementing this policy, through the normal management processes of the Committee. All members of the committee shall be kept fully informed of this policy and shall receive instruction in best practice where appropriate.

  4. Marketing and Publicity

    The society’s marketing and publicity material shall reflect this policy and project it positively, so that people from all sections of the community are encouraged to attend and participate.

  5. Financial concessions

    To encourage all socio-economic groups, the orchestra may, where appropriate, provide reduced membership subscriptions and ticket prices.

  6. Premises and Equipment

    All reasonable steps shall be taken to ensure that the premises used for concerts, rehearsals and meetings are chosen to provide suitable facilities for people with disabilities.

  7. Service Provision

    The orchestra shall make reasonable adjustments to the way it delivers services, so that disabled people can use them.

  8. Monitoring and Review

    The Chairman of the Society is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the policy at least annually and for a formal review of the policy every three years.