Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are embedded in all that we do.

This policy is written using Creative Scotland’s definition of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion. “Equality is about removing barriers, and diversity is about supporting and reflecting different cultures in Scotland, enabling all artistic and creative voices to be heard.  Inclusion is about creating opportunities for people to work in, engage with, participate in, and experience arts and creativity throughout the country.”

Bothy Project values the creativity demonstrated by our users, surrounding communities and wider audiences and works to recognise, support and share the diverse creativity they show. 

We are entirely committed to diversity, respecting human rights and creating opportunities for participation to all. We strive at all times to operate transparently and to ensure that the conduct of staff, board members, partners, users and audiences demonstrates openness and respect.

We take a human rights based approach, ensuring that people’s human rights are put at the  centre of our policies and practices, recognising the principles of; participation; accountability; non-discrimination and equality; empowerment and legality.

This particularly applies in relation to the protected characteristics named in the Equality Act 2010 age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or parental status, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. 

We are also alert to recognising other forms of disadvantage including; social, economic, gender, health, climate, and impacts on those living in rural locations. We recognise how these protected characteristics and forms of disadvantage can be intersectional.

Bothy Project recognises the social model of disability and considers its activity through this lens, with a view to removing physical, social and attitudinal barriers in its activity. 

Bothy Project’s EDI Policy is conceived in conjunction with its Fair Work Statement and Safeguarding Policy. The accompanying EDI Action Plan and Fair Work Action Plan provide roadmaps to fulfilling this work in a measurable way.

Bothies/Building Infrastructure

Our bothies are, by their nature, unusual spaces and our residencies often provide a new type of experience to participants in terms of the physical context. We recognise that the bothies may not have viable access for everyone.

We will consult with experienced partner organisations to assess access needs and to inform the siting, design and construction of our expanded network of bothies. 

Residencies 

We provide our residents and wider audiences with ways to access geographies, experiences and outcomes which advance and inspire their understanding of creativity, landscape and living simply.

We aim to ensure that all opportunities we offer are made available to as wide a range of people as possible and that there are no barriers to opportunities or participation. We plan in advance with residents, providing clear information and descriptions. When appropriate we provide additional support to satisfy individual access needs. 

Public Programme

We are committed to making our public programme as accessible as possible. Our online and in-person events are free to attend; in-person events use accessible venues; closed captioning is available for all online events; transcripts of online events and podcasts are published alongside their video/audio recordings; and writing commissions are accompanied by audio recordings.

Marketing, Communications and Engagement

We are committed to making our marketing and communications as accessible as possible. We make use of technology to apply ongoing improvements to the accessibility of our website, social media and wider communications. 

Strategic Partners

We will seek out strategic partnerships to make us more able to engage with those groups we are not reaching.

Governance

We recognise the importance of knowledge and experience of EDI at Board level. This knowledge is sought through our board recruitment process. We are committed to providing ongoing EDI training for staff and trustees, often working with Inspiring Scotland to do so.

Annual Review 

The development of this EDI policy is the responsibility of Bothy Project’s Trustees. 

The monitoring of the EDI Action Plan is a standing agenda item at every second board meeting. 

This policy was last updated April 2024 and will be reviewed annually by Bothy Project’s trustees along with all other Bothy Project policies.

If you have any questions or would like to offer feedback, please email us.