Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Sue Ryder

At Sue Ryder, we are committed to driving equity for all of our colleagues across the charity, and we support our staff and volunteers from underrepresented and marginalised groups to thrive as valued members of our team.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) work is a powerful tool in creating a positive culture where people feel they can contribute, problem solve and apply a creative lens to their work. We welcome and encourage candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

This includes:

  • People with disabilities
  • People from ethnically diverse communities
  • People of faith
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • LGBTQ+ people
  • Underrepresented age groups
  • Women and non-binary people. 

We know that people don’t get the same chances or opportunities in life - whether that be in the workplace or in healthcare. We see addressing health inequalities as an important part of our work at Sue Ryder, therefore it’s crucial that our staff and volunteers reflect the diversity of the communities we support.

Our ED&I strategy

We’ve made progress, but we know there’s lots more to do. Moving forward we’ll continue to assess our policies, structures and ways of working to ensure we are creating positive change for marginalised and underrepresented groups. Over the next year, we’ll be building on our ED&I strategy by:

  • Developing a Race Equity Action Plan that specifically looks at the needs of people of colour within Sue Ryder and guides us to look at our EDI work through a race inclusion lens.
  • Developing an accessibility action plan to understand the accessibility considerations for each department and develop a plan to tackle the priority areas. 
  • Leading a project that ensures our EDI work reaches all employees and volunteers in a meaningful, relevant and impactful way.

Find out about adjustments at Sue Ryder to help you perform at your best

Sue Ryder Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) network groups

We believe in the power of network groups at Sue Ryder. We have four networks that bring together communities with shared lived experience and shared identity, plus allies. Our network groups are open to both employees and volunteers.

Those networks are:

  • Ethnic Diversity and Equity network
  • People with Disabilities network
  • LGBTQ+ network
  • Women and Non-Binary Individuals network

Our networks: 

  • Help us to understand the communities we serve
  • Challenge and nudge the organisation to always strive to do better, creating opportunities to make change
  • Support our staff and volunteers, create safe spaces and encourage people to come together

Our Rainbow Badge initiative

Our new Rainbow Badge initiative across Sue Ryder creates a safe space for people in the LGBTQ+ community to discuss their identities with Sue Ryder team members, in our care centres, charity shops and offices.