The experiences of under represented in the workplace can differ significantly from others. Our networks provide peer support and bring individuals with similar experiences together. Beyond this, the networks can play a significant role in organisational change and raise awareness of different issues. They can influence policy, bring in new ways of doing things and help us engage more effectively with our diverse communities.
The fireINSPIRE network provides a forum for our female employees to share ideas and support each other to improve working life across the Service. The network deals with a range of issues such as fitness, personal development, workwear and has recently put together some guidance on the menopause to support our female colleagues through this period of change, whilst also providing advice for managers.
The group provides peer support and an opportunity for women to share experiences and discuss certain issues but also instigate change within the organisation for everyone.
FireABLE is a network which covers disability, mental health and dyslexia. The network gives a collective voice on issues relating to these areas and enables staff to share experiences and provide mutual support. The group also informs policies and raises awareness of disabilities, mental health and dyslexia.
Two sub groups of the network have also been set up, mental health working group and dyslexia working group. This enables us to focus on these areas, as they have been identified as the most prevalent in the Service
The fireOUT network group provides a friendly and safe forum for employees who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and their straight allies. We aim to provide support to people, and their families, whilst promoting best practice throughout the organisation.
FireREACH is a network which primarily focuses on religion, ethnicity and cultural heritage. It provides opportunities for individuals within the Service to come together, share ideas, provide peer support to one another and drive Service improvements.
The group has around 20 members consisting of both operational and support staff. They meet regularly and discuss opportunities to improve our current practices. This includes attraction, retention and development and considering how we can better engage/build links with different communities. The group also influences and supports our employment strategies, policy development, procedures and practices in relation to race equality.
The network celebrates and supports a wide range of religious events in the community such as; Eid, Vaisakhi, Diwali and Christmas and Chinese New Year.