Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Tricky Hat’s vision is that people who live on the margins of society can find a creative and credible voice through participation in high quality, collaborative, cross-arts events alongside high calibre artists.

Our work is based on the principles of social justice and equality of opportunity. We seek to maximise individual and organisational potential. We ensure that our policies and practices do not result in any individual or group receiving less favourable treatment – either as employees or participants.

As employers and theatre makers, equal opportunities are a key issue for us. We recognise that many people have to deal with discrimination from other agencies every day of their lives. We are determined to take positive steps to counter the persisting effects of such discrimination.

Our objectives are:

  • To ensure Tricky Hat Productions is a fair and equitable organisation, that is committed to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in its practices, policies, procedures and programme.
  • To continue to develop and provide accessible programmes and work on ways to break down barriers to encourage access.
  • To use creative practice as a tool for activism, healing and connection.
  • To continue to develop Tricky Hat Productions’ team of freelancer knowledge and best practice on Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion.

As an organisation which is committed to equal opportunities, we aim to tackle exclusion and encourage participation and involvement by:

  • responding to the different needs of certain groups or individuals
  • recognising the barriers which prevent many people from reaching their full potential and taking steps to overcome them

It is the policy of Tricky Hat to ensure that no freelance contractor or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and participation in our projects.

We are committed to adhering to the following managing diversity principles:

  • recognising that there are differences between people and that this can be a good thing.
  • people with different experiences and backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and perceptions which may challenge ‘the way we’ve always done things.’ This can help us keep up to date, provide better services to our communities and help us deal with change, ensuring that everybody feels they are playing an important part in the organisation’s business.
  • employees and committee / board members need to know that their views and values will be welcomed and valued and that their personal lives and interests will be dealt with fairly ensuring that all individuals are valued and that people’s opinions are both considered and respected.
  • that people have an equitable voice in decision-making process.