Diversity & Discrimination 'We all bleed the same colour.' Prejudice is a normal part of human thinking, and anyone who claims to have no prejudices either misunderstood the question, or is dangerously close to self delusion. If, as we believe, everyone has prejudices, how do we stop them becoming discrimination? Do our own belief systems and upbringing make it difficult to celebrate diversity now and again, and how can we ensure that our services genuinely welcome everyone who walks through the door, irrespective of where they came from, who they are and what they believe . . . What are the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010? Do I understand them, and do I agree with them? Do any of these characteristics clash with my own personal beliefs, religious for example? Are there any circumstances under which my own belief's make it difficult to accept someone else's? What are the positives to celebrating difference in others? Can I name some of my own prejudices, and how do I manage them in my dealings with others? Discrimination can be loosely broken into seven different types. Do I know what they are? Our strength lies in our ability to embrace diversity. What are the challenges? What do I do if I feel I cannot work with a specific individual? What do I do if I think someone is discriminating against another person? Does celebrating diversity and challenging discrimination mean I have to agree with everyone? Build on Belief has a long and proud history of running extremely diverse services where we welcome everyone who wishes to join us, but there are times when doing so can be a challenge for anyone, not matter how much practical experience they have under their belts. This workshop is intended to give everyone a clear understanding of our legal obligations, to challenge some of our own thinking and behaviour, and to not only celebrate our way of working, but to look at the benefits to staff, volunteers and service users when a project is open and diverse, and where discrimination is challenged when needs be.