We are proud to have a number of active staff networks supporting and promoting groups of staff, councillors and partners that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.
Some networks are also open to supportive allies – people who are not in the social group represented, but who support the aims of the group.
The networks not only serve as a reference point for discussion, shared experiences, mutual support and knowledge, but actively promote the positive values and contribution colleagues within these groups can bring to Suffolk and the communities we serve.
Networks influence the organisation to be more inclusive, through work on policy, service development, training, communications, events, culture and have a seat at Suffolk County Council's Strategic Equalities and Inclusion Board. Find out more about their activities in this short animation.
All networks proactively engage and embrace the Suffolk County Council WE ASPIRE values and framework.
Councillor Bobby Bennett, Cabinet member responsible for Equality and Inclusion states:
"In my role as Cabinet Member responsible for equality and inclusion, I am privileged to act as a champion for our staff networks.
One of the great benefits of working at Suffolk County Council is the range of staff networks on offer to both staff and councillors. These networks offer real, meaningful support to their members, hosting numerous activities and events and acting as fantastic conduits to create change within the organisation.
New members are always welcome, so I would encourage everyone to take a look at our Staff Networks and consider whether there is one for you."