About this resource

Who is this resource for?

This toolkit is for anyone working in community learning and development in Glasgow.  It was commissioned by the Glasgow Community Learning Partnership to help you develop your approach to equalities.  It builds on and develops the original Glasgow’s Learning . . . About Equality! guidance into an online resource.

Equality is important for everyone working in CLD.  Equality is not just the responsibility of those who specialise in equality.  It is something which is everyone’s responsibility.  To provide effective CLD activities, you need to consider equality in everything you do.

Depending on your role and responsibilities, you might be more interested in particular parts of the toolkit.  Have a look at the Quick Links to see what is most important to you at this time.

How can I use the toolkit?

You can use the toolkit in two main ways.  Firstly, you can navigate straight to the Equalities section you want to learn about – through the home page.  Secondly, you can access resources depending on what you want to do via the Quick Links.  You can find the Quick Links in the top left hand corner of the screen.

When can I use it?

The toolkit will be useful by different people working in CLD, at different times. 

You can use it as:

  • A development tool for staff – during induction or as part of continuous professional development. 
  • A service planning tool – to integrate equalities issues into the development of new or existing provision.
  • A trouble-shooting tool – when you want advice on how to deal with a particular issue in the workplace.

What does it cover?

The toolkit is divided into eight sections – you might work your way through all of these, or just dip in and out as you need to.  Each section focuses on a key stage in thinking about and embedding equalities in your work:

Each section provides a basic introduction to each of these issues.  The resource draws and highlights existing guidance and resources – like the Scottish Government’s Same Difference resource.  That way, you have the chance to find out the basics on an issue or explore it in more detail through the links provided.

Throughout the sections there are prompts to:

  • Find Out More – these provide you with links to other resources or information sources you will find helpful;
  • Pause for Thought or Take the Challenge – these are key questions or challenges that should stimulate your thinking about equalities, and help you consider how you will make use of what you have learned;
  • Look at examples of how other people working in CLD have promoted equality.  In particular, there are a number of case studies in Section 6 which were developed as part of the Glasgow’s Learning about Equalities toolkit.

Assessing your skills and knowledge

You can find a Self Assessment for each section in the top right hand corner of the last page of each section.  You simply click to access the Self Assessment.  Once you have completed the questions, you can click on the feedback link to help you think about how you might improve your approach.  There is also an option to print your Self Assessment.  This is a chance for you to consider what you have learned, and assess how well you think equality is embedded in and promoted in your work.  It is often helpful to complete these with colleagues or wider partners. 

The assessment is not intended to be an objective review of how well your organisation takes account of and promotes equality – you should visit Section 7 to find out how an equality impact assessment might help you with that.  Instead it is an opportunity for reflection and consideration, based on what you have learned.   

You can visit the Self Assessments, Find Out More resources and the Examples by visiting the Quick Links.

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This toolkit has been developed using funding from the Scottish Government WALT Challenge Fund