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Making staff and volunteers feel they belong is vital to building strong and sustainable organisations. In our final post for National Inclusion Week, NCVO’s director of people, culture and inclusion, Woosh Raza, talks about his guiding principles for inclusion and belonging.

This week, we’ve been talking about a few areas of inclusion but by no means are they the be-all and end-all.

There are many things that need to be true for a workforce to feel they belong, but I hope that some of the conversations we’ve had this week have inspired you.

In today’s post, I want to talk about some of the broader guiding principles that I consider when reflecting on the work we do at NCVO. They form part of the conversations I have to make sure we all take a role in building a more inclusive environment.

I want to share them with you today in the hope that they inspire you and your teams to build reflective practices into your people strategy and embed inclusivity in everything you do.

Recognising the value of the individual

It’s important that belonging starts with understanding the power of individuality. Everybody in your organisation is different and has different views and lived experience. Please don’t get hung up on diversity. If you start with inclusion, diversity will follow.

Remember that none of us are just one thing. We are complex, and intersectionality is a means to recognise the depth and breadth of experience we all bring. To find out more about intersectionality, you can read my blog from Pride this year.

Everyone in our sector has the chance to add value (when it’s appropriate to engage them), and recognising their talents and value helps to build inclusivity.


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