Full programme of Inclusivity events for Made in Yorkshire members

Made in Yorkshire members are set to benefit this autumn from a series of Inclusivity conferences and workshops.

The events will enable members to explore more about how adopting the principles of Inclusivity will benefit their business.

The first is the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Conference, which takes place at the offices of law firm Clarion in Queen Street, Leeds on September 18.

This will bring together the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Ambassadors who in turn will share best practice with delegates.

By using specific examples, they will explain how implementing the principles of Inclusivity has benefitted their business.

The day will feature talks from a number of speakers, while there will be break-out groups covering issues such as bullying the workplace, removing the barriers to disability, handling mental health issues and influencing people. For details on how to book click here

ActionPlas will be hosting the Made in Yorkshire Inclusivity workshop at its base in Richardshaw Road, Pudsey on October 23.

This will explore whether current legislation surrounding Inclusivity goes far enough and what happens when things go wrong.

Companies signing up will also be shown how a special toolkit devised to help firms implement Inclusivity works, while members already participating will again share best practice.

There will also be a talk on unconscious bias and the part it plays in shaping the conventions Inclusivity looks to challenge. For details on how to book, click here

A separate – but nonetheless important – facet of Inclusivity is the need to promote positive mental health.

A special workshop – Mental Health First Aid Lite – on October 30 is intended to be a three-hour introduction to the complexities of mental health.

The course is approved by the Royal Society for Public Health and is open to anyone, regardless of their previous knowledge of mental health.

The implications for poor mental health provision can have serious consequences for companies, especially those with limited staffing resources.

According to the mental health charity MIND, one employee in five will take a day off because of stress, while data compiled by CIPD has suggested that as many as one in three people have experienced mental health issues at work.

The MHFA Lite course will enable participants to gain a wider understanding of some of the issues surrounding mental health – both for themselves and others.

As a result of the session, participants will gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business. It will also enable participants to work more effectively with people who may be experiencing mental health issues.

By the end of the course participants will be able to identify discrimination surrounding mental health problems and be able to provide better support to sufferers. What they learn will also enable them to better relate to people’s experiences.

The session takes place at Berendsen UK in Portobello Road, Wakefield. To register for a place click here

Rounding off what has been an eventful first year for the campaign will be the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Recognition Awards.

Taking place at the House of Lords on December 3, this will bring together Inclusivity Ambassadors from across Yorkshire and the Midlands to reflect on the year’s successes.

For more details on this event click here

If you’re getting started on your Inclusivity journey then take our benchmarking questionnaire here