Our 2030 vision is that young people and their communities will have the tools and resources they need to thrive and be a force for change in the world.
At its heart, this vision is about addressing inequality. We know that in the areas where we work, young people and their communities do not always have equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Nor do they have equal ability to influence change and make their voices heard.
These inequalities are often deeply rooted in our society. Too many people are held back because of where they grew up, their socio-economic background, their racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, educational background, disability, or a combination of these factors.
In order to be able to effectively tackle and challenge inequality through our work, we need to operate in a way that actively promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. This applies both to how we run our organisation, and to the way we make grants and work with our voluntary sector partners.
This work is particularly important to us because, as a grant-maker, we hold a significant amount of influence. We have a responsibility to ensure that we are not simply replicating the inequalities of wider society, but rather using our position to actively challenge inequality wherever it occurs.
Today, we are publishing our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion approach, which sets out our priorities for EDI both without our organisation, and through our grant-making activities. We recognise that this is a journey and we will continue to learn and develop over time. This will be a live document which will be kept under review and against which we will assess our progress.
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