Inclusivity workshop aims to break down barriers

By Ben Carey on 4 September, 2023

Wheelchair tennis player and Paralympian Louise Hunt Skelley is joining forces with HR expert Rachel Weaven to deliver an inclusivity workshop.

Inclusivity has been high on the agenda for many companies recently, but it is not always easy for businesses to be sure about the reasonable adjustments that need to be made to make their environments more inclusive for staff and customers.

The workshop aims to discuss the issues surrounding inclusivity and provide practical support and advice for businesses. 

Louise said, “Businesses often assume that making changes will be time-consuming and expensive. This just isn’t the case. Often it’s really small changes that don’t cost anything or have a minimal cost that make the most difference.”

Louise says she regularly encounters examples of businesses who want to be inclusive and accessible, but which have failed to consult with those most affected, meaning that basic adjustments get missed. 

The workshop is designed to educate and inform around this in an open and accepting way. 

She added, “We want to get across that there are no stupid questions. What matters is that businesses are open to learning from our experiences so that everyone can be included in what they have to offer.

“We want it to be a safe space, an environment where people can ask questions that they may normally be afraid of, or discuss concerns around these areas.”

Rachel Weaven, of face2face HR in Swindon, will bring her years of HR expertise to the workshop. Rachel is passionate about making learning in this field more open and progressive. 

She said, “I like to take a proactive approach to inclusivity, focusing on more than the legislation. I really want to promote the benefits of inclusivity in a fun and engaging way. When I was introduced to Louise, we started talking about inclusivity and we just immediately clicked. Running this workshop was the obvious next step.”

The workshop takes place at Cotswold Park Barns in Woodmancote on Wednesday 20th September.