Aurion Learning has been working in partnership with the Council to design and build a
new equality and diversity e-learning programme suitable for Council staff.
Speaking about the new training programme, Councillor Maire Hendron, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Partnership said:
“In our role as an employer, service deliverer and civic leader Belfast City Council sees diversity as being central to the social and economic growth of the city. . Diversity is about acknowledging how our differences as individuals and as members of groups can improve the quality of our lives.”
She added: “This new equality and diversity e-learning programme will help us effect positive change within the Council both for the people who work here and for the stakeholders who avail of Council services or come into contact with our staff.
“It will also help us to encourage and support equality and good relations – and in particular promote equality of opportunity between persons of different religious beliefs; political opinion; racial group; age, marital status; sexual orientation;
“This project is funded by the PEACE III Programme and is part of the council’s ‘Growing a Shared City’ initiative.
Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director of Aurion Learning said:
“This equality and diversity e-learning programme is part of a wider blended approach to generating mainstream staff engagement with diversity issues. In particular, it will enable staff at Belfast City Council to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the Council and the City of Belfast a whole.”
Belfast City Council is the largest of the 26 district councils in Northern Ireland.
It has a staff of 2,600 to serve the 277,000 people who live within its boundary. The council has 51 elected members drawn from six political parties. Belfast City Council is made up of six departments, which work together to deliver high-quality services for everyone. They are: Chief Executive's Department; Development Department; Finance and Resources Department; Health and Environmental Services Department; Parks and Leisure Department and Property and Projects Department. For more information, please visit the Belfast City Council website http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk
The PEACE III Programme is a distinctive programme part-funded by the European Union through its Structural Funds programme. The full title of the PEACE III Programme is the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The programme covers the period 2007-2013.
The main aims of the PEACE III Programme are to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society and to promote reconciliation by assisting operations and projects which help to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society for everyone.
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