DICE is not just an add-on to our organisation, it is a day-to-day part of the work we do. We are committed to improving, and this commitment is supported with appropriate resources.
We have a DICE Team made up of non-operational and operational staff. They work both on internal policy and practice, support managers across the organisation to complete Equality Impact Assessments and undertake external community engagement. They are supported by the Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Service Delivery Support, and the DICE Improvement Board – made up of key internal staff and external experts.
As part of our DICE work, we set ourselves equality objectives to focus on particular areas we want to improve. Our equality objectives for the period 2016-2020 focus attention on three key areas:
Objective 1: The Diversity of our Staff
We will take actions to increase the diversity of job applicants to help us reflect the community focusing particularly upon women, Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) and religious minority groups.
Objective 2: Workplace Culture
We will create an inclusive working environment that will enable us to maximise the potential of a diverse workforce.
Objective 3: Community Safety
We will improve the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community by increasing the proportion of our Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSVs) that are delivered to our target groups.
These objectives we be underpinned by appropriate plans, resource and training.
In delivering our equality objectives, we are committed to working closely with our partners and as such are represented within the Bristol Race Equality Strategic Leader’s Group.
The Race Equality Strategic Leader’s Group is made up of leaders from 12 public sector organisations across Bristol. The group was set up to look at the issues raised in the Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality.
To find out more about the group and what has been achieved by the group to date, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/policies-plans-strategies/bristol-race-equality-strategic-leaders-group