We believe that no one should miss out on participating in social action and we welcome everyone into the Student Hubs network. This page highlights some of the support we currently provide to students and staff with physical and mental health needs.
We want our network to be accessible to everyone, without discrimination. You are welcome regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We believe that:
- A diverse organisation is a dynamic and innovative organisation
- People are disabled by the barriers that society places in their way, rather than by their own health conditions or impairments
- There is always more to learn. We are on a journey and if there is more we could be doing please reach out to our Network Operations Manager Sophie Payne on email@example.com.
What you can expect from us
- A welcoming environment, free from discrimination
- To make reasonable adjustments through application, selection, training and engaging
- All selection processes are structured and equitable
- A range of projects and opportunities in terms of location and activity
- Reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by engaging with us
- All in person and online opportunities held at a suitable location/ on a suitable platform with regular breaks and a variety of formats
- All written and visual communications provided in an accessible format, taking into account font size, background colour and image descriptions
- Our websites operate in line with our digital accessibility statement
- All of our staff and volunteers to act in line with our Code of Conduct
- All of our young community participants to act in line with our Young Person’s Code of Conduct
- We share our standards with our partners to inspire and encourage them to create similar environments
Accessibility in practice
By having conversations with students and partners we have learned and we have developed our programmes and practices. We don’t get it right 100% of the time but having these conversations allows us to reduce barriers in the future. Some previous examples include:
- Using a video call platform which allows for live captioning. This supports those who are permanently, temporarily or situationally D/deaf
- Having large print copies of slides and handouts on non-white paper available as standard at in person volunteer training inductions
- Stating our pronouns when first meeting new people and writing them on name tags or in our user names
These are just some examples of adjustments we have made in the past – we want you to shine so please let us know if there is an adjustment we can make for you. You can either reach out to your local Hub contact or the Network Operations Manager, Sophie Payne, at firstname.lastname@example.org.