As an organisation providing 24 hour care for people with learning disabilities, we were very conscious that our staff needed to be fully aware of the law governing not only disability but all other groups of people. We contacted Equality Matters who recommended their "The Difference is You" training on a DVD-Rom, as a very cost effective training resource. We've started to have all of our staff of 28 carers work through the course and they have found it to be a great training aide. It is well sectioned in its two parts of "Understanding Diversity" and "Applying Diversity" and in easy to follow modules within these two parts. All staff have commented that they have really learned from the course especially about the Equality Act, Protected Characteristics and Forms of Discrimination. But this course goes much further by getting our staff to think about people both as colleagues and our service users, by using Difference, Respect and Fairness as key principles and then going on to look at the Social, Legal and Business benefits of good equality and diversity practice. The narration by TV's Craig Charles adds a great overlay to the training keeping it relevant and real, and the big bonus for us as a small organisation is the cost per head when we break back the £300 price across our 28 staff, and this looks a really great price as there are no ongoing or recurring costs and we can use it again and again for induction as our staff needs change. I can recommend this training product without hesitation to any organisation who feel they need to take the law seriously or just to improve their understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace.
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