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.
All networks proactively engage and embrace the Suffolk County Council ASPIRE values and framework.
Councillor Paul West, Cabinet member responsible for Equalities and Inclusion states:
“In my role as Cabinet Member responsible for equalities and inclusion, I am privileged to be able 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. I’d encourage everyone to consider whether there is a network for them, as new members are always welcome.
“Far from being simply ‘talking shops’, these networks offer real, meaningful support to their members. They host numerous activities and events and act as fantastic conduits to create change within the organisation.”
The disABILITY! Network
Suffolk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Staff Network
Mental Health Network
Christian Fellowship Network
Young Adults' Network
Black and Asian Network