Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

We strive to make sure that three themes resonate throughout our work and underpin our equality and diversity aspirations: • opening doors; • holding hands; and seeing myself.

We firmly believe in developing an organisation where peoples’ differences, views and ideas are respected and factored in how we commission and programme dance, in how we look after our artists, staff, our volunteers and the members of the public who come to see and participate in dance. In recognising both the value of diversity in enriching our arts and cultural offer as well as ensuring that all artists have access to the opportunities and resources to create truly excellent work, our approach is pinpointed by the principle of ensuring that we reflect the communities in our conurbation in the work that we do.

At PDSW, • we recognise Equality as providing the platform where no one is discriminated or treated unfairly based on their age, gender, disability, race and so forth; • We see Diversity as the respect and appreciation of peoples’ differences irrespective of their protected characteristics; • and we recognise Inclusion to mean the creation of respectful and safe spaces for our audiences, staff, artists and companies to feel valued and welcomed at PDSW.

Our commitments for 2022 – 2027

Our equality, diversity and inclusion objectives will be: • To embed the creative case for diversity across all of our work; • To Engage with a diverse range of people in widening participation to our programmes; • To support artists and companies to thrive within a caring environment and so doing make reasonable adjustments to any relevant diverse needs; • To ensure that our staff and board better reflects above and beyond the 5% of BAME communities that live within a 45 minute drive from PDSW; • To support and develop our staff to maximise their potential within a caring environment.



We will communicate our work and progress publicly including to our audiences, and publish an annual report that summarises our performance against the targets we have set.

Progress achieved in 2022-23 included: 

-2 disabled-led R&D works comissioned and supported: Hearing Dances (Second Hand Dance) and Stopgap (Dance Tapes) 

-Planned and delivered a Children, Autism & Dance Forum which championed and raised up work created for/by/with children with autism 

-Appointed a third Changemaker, Ben Payne, to challenge and support us to become more inclusive to people identifying as LGBTQI+ 

-Restarted our Community Focus Group post-pandemic, formed of a diverse group of service users, and making changes to our programme and communications in response to their feedback 

-Gender neutral toilets identified with suitable signage for use by public and staff 

-Two Mental Health Awareness training sessions for staff run by Dorset MIND 

PDSW Equality Diversity & Inclusion Policy Sept 2021

PDSW Online Safeguarding Policy for Children and Adults at Risk 2023

Children and Adults at Risk Protection Policy 2023

Prevention of Bullying and Harassment at Work Policy

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