January 26, 2021

Aims and Objectives

Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association (Beds BKA), registered charity 1184466, is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity in the Association’s activities.

Beds BKA recognises that equal opportunities can help members to develop their full potential.  Utilising the talents and resources of the members more fully will also benefit the organisation.

Policy

  1. Beds BKA values the diversity of the people in the county and is committed to the principles and practice of equality. We aim to make our membership, activities, and resources accessible and useful to all regardless of:
  • Sex or gender, including gender re-assignment
  • age
  • marital or civil partnership status and sexual orientation
  • ethnic origin
  • social class
  • religious belief
  • political belief
  • disability
  • any other individual characteristic which may unfairly affect a person’s opportunities in life.

However, in practice safety and safeguarding considerations may place some necessary conditions on this commitment as regards age and disability.  For example, we ask that children should normally be ten years or older to visit the Association apiaries, and all those under eighteen be under the supervision of a parent, guardian or responsible adult.  A membership rule for Student Members under eighteen gives details of adult supervision.  Special arrangements and help in situations of practical beekeeping might well be necessary for people with certain disabilities, given its physical nature, possible hazards and responsibilities.

  1. Beds BKA opposes all forms of discrimination.
  2. All members of the Association will be treated fairly and will not be discriminated against.
  3. Decisions on membership, membership benefits, and selection for office will be made objectively and without discrimination.  Members standing for any office will be selected on ability and aptitude for post.

Implementation

The trustees of the Association has specific responsibility for the effective implementation of this policy, and expects all members to abide by the policy and create the equality environment that is its objective.

In order to implement this policy Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association will:

  • Communicate the policy to all members through its website and other publications;
  • Endeavour to ensure that it will not consciously or unconsciously discriminate in matters of membership, noting that the Constitution of the Association states that membership is “open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes” (9.1), while reserving some powers for the trustees to refuse or terminate membership
  • Endeavour, through application of the policy, to ensure that it will not consciously or unconsciously discriminate in the delivery of any of its activities or resources
  • Incorporate equal opportunities principles into general communications and publications
  • Ensure that resources are made available to fulfil the objectives of the policy.

Monitoring and review

The trustees of the Association will monitor the implementation and effectiveness of this policy annually at its meeting prior to the AGM, and take action as necessary.

Complaints

Members who believe that they have suffered any form of discrimination as defined within this policy may raise the matter with any trustee.  Every effort will be made to ensure that members who make complaints will not be victimised. Any complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially by a specially convened group of three trustees.

Last review: January 2020.

Developed, with thanks, from the policy of the Scottish Beekeepers Association.