We are committed to the promotion of equality, diversity as well as fostering stronger and cohesive communities and ensuring that all our services are fully accessible to all Stockton residents.
We will achieve this by removing both direct and indirect discrimination wherever it exists.
We recognise that people may be disadvantaged because of their: age, gender, race, colour, ethnic, national, cultural or social origin; disability; religion and belief, or non-belief; marital status, family circumstances or caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; class, level of income or housing circumstances; or a variety of other circumstances and actively work to reduce and ultimately eliminate this disadvantage.
All local authorities are required to prepare and publish their equality objectives. You can find ours in the Big Plans Bright Future Local Council Plan.
If you have any comments or require further assistance, please contact the Diversity Team.
You can report any offensive incident or hate crime that you have suffered, or witnessed on behalf of someone else. The different types of offensive incidents or hate crime can also include damage, assault, verbal abuse and harassment even if you do not want us to take any further action. The guide lines that we follow is that:
An offensive incident is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be the result of hate or prejudice, as a result of the victim's gender, race, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. Please be assured that all information received will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
Forced marriage (FM), Honour based Violence (HBV), Female Genital mutilation (FGM)
Forced marriage, Honour based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation is taken very seriously by the Council. It has been incorporated in the ‘Domestic Violence Strategy’ and has been highlighted in the DVS action plan 2014-2017.
In this section Stockton Borough Council has developed a Community Contact Network list, which is made up of local, sub regional and regional contacts across all the different various Community Contracts.
Stockton Council Diversity Team can develop and deliver in-house bespoke training packages around Diversity & Equality issues for internal staff, external organisations and community/voluntary groups. They have a wide range of resources that they have developed.
Interpretation, Translation and Transcription Services
A full translation or summary versions of services are accessible through Stockton Borough Council website and can be viewed in English and several other languages using the automated free translation service. However, please note that these services are automated and therefore may produce some unreliable translations (e.g. 'kids' is translated to 'young goats.') If you require the services in any other formats or transcriptions please contact the Diversity Team on 01642 528830.
Cultural awareness information
This Cultural Diversity Resource guidance is aimed at helping colleagues in the Council to be more knowledgeable about the main features of different cultures and religious traditions. It also aims to increase their confidence in discussing needs and exploring a dialogue about different faiths and beliefs. Having a better understanding of different religious traditions and cultures will help colleagues to value and respect them, but of course, there is no substitute for asking the individual. Given the diversity within Stockton-On-Tees, increased cultural awareness can have a positive impact and make stronger cohesive communities.
Leaving the armed forces can have a huge impact on your life and your family. Not only must you find a new job and housing, but you must also settle your family into schools, jobs and social activities.
A wide range of services are available from Stockton Council that can help with your resettlement. Stockton Borough Council have set up a helpline number on 01642 528334 for members of the Armed Forces and Ex Forces service personnel which is available Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.
This year's theme is 'The power of words' for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), 27 January 2018. Words can make a difference – both for good and evil. Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state, can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.
'I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s in me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears; my spirits are revived.' Anne Frank, written in her diary, 5 April 1944
Listed below are a number of links on how to get involved for community groups/organisations, schools and colleges.
This year HMD have a new resource called the Postcard Project which encourages students to use their own written words to respond to the experiences of people persecuted during the Holocaust and genocide. Each school can send their postcards to Renie Inow, Kindertransportee and/or Sedin Mustafić, survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia, and each school will receive a postcard response from the individual(s) they wrote to. Find out more about this on the HMD website.
If you would like any more information or advice please don’t hesitate to contact Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer on 01642 528334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK's leading anti-racism educational charity, they provide educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society. Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. Across the UK and locally, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training and awareness to more than 50,000 individuals per year. Stockton Borough Council will be promoting ‘ show racism the red card’ during the week of 14th to 20th of October at all three libraries in the borough Stockton central, Billingham and Thornaby with collection boxes to raise money.
Stockton Borough Council created the 2018 Multi-Faith Calendar assist in the planning and organising of events, meetings, functions and other activities. It contains some of the principal dates for key festivals across many faiths, beliefs, and religions.