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LGBT Charter of Rights Foundation Award

Foundation Charter_DirectorateNHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Operational Services Directorate achieve LGBT Youth Scotlands new Foundations Charter Mark Award.

The Operational Services Directorate are one of the first in Scotland to receive the foundations award, which is primarily for larger organisations and departments within public and private sector. The award is a new addition to the existing bronze, silver and gold award levels. It enables organisations to build the foundations for LGBT equality within their organisation.

David Bryson commented that ‘as the NHS is an inclusive organisation the Directorate felt that it was important that all staff recognise the issues LGBT people can face. Prejudice and discrimination can have damaging and unacceptable effects on LGBT people and society, therefore it is up to all of us to ensure that LGBT people have the same rights as others.  This is what the directorate have strived to achieve by signing up for the LGBT Charter Mark. The champions in each of the service areas within the Directorate – Catering, CSSD, Estates, Domestics, ICES, Medical Physics, Telephony and Transport, who have all played an instrumental part in the success of this award, should be commended for the hard work and enthusiasm which they have adopted during the achievement of the charter mark.’

The LGBT Charter of Rights programme supports organisations to improve their inclusion of LGBT people both internally for staff and externally for clients and service users. 138 organisations are currently working through the charter to achieve the LGBT Charter Mark. More information on the Charter can be found HERE.