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Darlington ARQ - LGBT Champions Scheme


LGBT Champions Scheme

What is the LGBT Champions Scheme?

Darlington ARQ recognise the importance of LGBT education and awareness in everything that we do.  We also want to roll this out to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.  By working together with organisations it is our aim to encourage them to fulfil a set of evidence based aims and “promises” in order to become an LGBT Champion.

What is the process?

The organisation and Darlington ARQ work together to achieve:

  • Inclusive Policies & Procedures
  • Inclusive Staff Involvement
  • Successful engagement of Allies
  • Managerial Support of LGBT People
  • LGBT Public Engagement
  • This is backed up by delivery to the organisation of our LGBT Awareness Training

At the end of the process and on completion of the agreement:

  • The organisation receives an award that they can display in their premises
  • The organisation receives publicity across all Darlington ARQ’s social media and a press release to the local press
  • All participants in the training receive an individual certificate of recognition for their achievement
  • An increased public profile with relation to the organisations Equality and Diversity

What are the benefits to my organisation?

By demonstrating their commitment to the scheme; the organisation will:

  • Receive free publicity
  • Receive free advertising through our social media
  • Receive updated and realistic training in LGBT awareness
  • Gain recognition as being an LGBT Champion

Research has indicated that this can increase productivity of the organisation by demonstrating their commitment to the diversity of the their staff team, not to mention the huge un-tapped “pink” pound.

How to I apply for the scheme?

The process is simple, simply talk to a member of staff, call us on 01388 22 95 16 or email us on darlingtonarq@gmail.com

Is there a cost?

Yes there is a set cost for this however it is negotiable to suit the individual needs of the organisations budget.


What is Healthwatch Darlington?

Healthwatch Darlington Limited is an independent consumer champion for health and social care in Darlington. The organisation helps to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Darlington Limited is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping and designing local services.

Contact Details

By Phone:
01325 380145 (Landline)
07525237723 (Textphone)

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