The Equality Act 2010

2022-2023 annual commitments

For the year 2022-2023, we committed to identifying annual projects which would show our progress towards:

  • our corporate equality objectives
  • the issues our residents and employees told us were important to them

We have produced a summary of the work carried out under each equality aim.

So far, we've seen:

  • great progress in mental health support for staff
  • improvement in access to services across the city
  • an emphasis on partnership working and co-production/co-design
  • a focus on events to celebrate and bring our diverse communities together

As we move into our second year of annual commitments, these are now included in internal service plans. This is to further embed the principles of EDI across the organisation.


To help and support our workforce, who are representative of the community, to be strong and bounce back when things are tough.

  • Mental Health First Aid Programme
  • new Mental Health and Wellbeing Staff Network
  • new Employee Wellbeing Task Force
  • new Neurodivergent Staff Forum
  • Learning and Development EDI Improvement Action Plan

Access to services

To provide support in:

  • accessing services for all
  • accommodating diverse needs
  • promoting inclusion at all levels, including a developed digital literacy offer


  • improved online forms for residents
  • planned 2-year project to replace platform

Refreshed Equality Analysis (EA) process

  • 100% EA's captured to facilitate internal reporting to senior management
  • re-worked template inc. data sources/signposting plus new data packs on intranet

Cohesive community

To raise awareness of the richness in diversity. This can be achieved by celebrating our communities' differences and what unites us.

  • Multicultural Women's Group established
  • Faith and Belief Network Development
  • 2 Eid celebrations
  • Southend-on-Sea City Council signed Essex Faith Covenant 8 November 2022
  • City Celebration Fund: 14 community organisations funded for events throughout the year

Partnership working

We want to work together with people who have real-life experience to influence new plans and policy.

  • Street Prostitution Strategy for Women - with Storehouse/Aspirations
  • year 1 of 3 multi-agency safeguarding forum established
  • conference co-designed with Aspirations October 2022
  • Southend-on-Sea highlighted nationally for best practice and collaboration

Contact switchboard and out of hours

Telephone: 01702 215000

Go to top