Diversity and Inclusion

We know that actions speak louder than words, so we are taking steps to change how we work and ensure that we are removing systemic barriers to our organisation and the wider arts community.

Our pledge to Zero Racism .

Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Hijinx, and we will continue to live and work by them. We are proud to have signed a pledge to Zero Racism with Race Council Cymru.

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1% Promise .

We promise to allocate 1% of our annual budget to actions that build diversity within the organisation, making it an active part of our business decisions. These funds will be used to pay for diversity interventions that directly focus on ethnicity and disability. For example, funds will be used to employ diverse-led organisations to providing training or services, to pay for advertising in diverse-led outlets, or to engage diverse-led recruitment specialists.

Training.

Whilst we want to act, we also believe it is important to build understanding and awareness so that our staff and trustees are empowered to be more inclusive. We are working with The Other Box, a brilliant, diverse-led, training organisation, to identify and challenge our unconscious bias through their Allyship in the Workplace and Know Your Bias training. We will continue to seek out training opportunities for our team to ensure that we remain aware and focused on removing barriers to our work and the wider arts.

Conversations.

Working with Learning Disability Wales and Disability Arts Cymru, and funded by Arts Council of Wales’ Sharing Together fund, we are starting a very important conversation…Are you learning disabled/neurodivergent and part of a minoritized or racialised community? Do you know someone who is? We are trying to understand the barriers you face in accessing services and the arts (as an audience member, artist, practitioner or participant) and would love you to be part of the conversation.

Springboard with Hub Cymru Africa .

Springboard is a two-year project aiming to support Wales Africa community organisations to increase knowledge and improve practices in project development and delivery, fundraising, and sharing best practice. The Springboard Accessibility and Inclusion Group (SAIG) has been appointed to provide support and guidance to the project in relation to accessibility and inclusion of its activities, tools and resources – Hijinx’s Head of Pawb, Job Dafydd-Kidd is part of this group.

How we recruit.

As part of our commitment to driving change and developing a more diverse workforce we are undertaking a comprehensive review of how we recruit staff roles. These changes will be reflected in any future staff roles that we advertise, and will impact advertising, application processes, interviews and induction. Full details will be available shortly.

Equal Opportunities .

Hijinx recognise, respect and value individual difference. We are committed to the wellbeing of our staff, to being an Equal Opportunities employer, and attracting diverse talent from sections of the community currently underrepresented in the culture sector to help us to develop a more diverse workforce.  

Disability Confident Employer.

Hijinx is a disability confident employer, when recruiting, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies.

Pride Statement.

“We forget that if the arts is a refuge, it is only because discrimination, prejudice, hate and violence towards LGBTQ+ people is still prevalent within our own society”. Read our statement in support of Pride month.

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