Equal Opportunities Policy

The Inverness Acoustic Music Club is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and a non-discriminatory environment for all performers, members, visitors, and volunteers. The club values diversity and is keen to celebrate minority languages and cultures through music. The club does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy/maternity or any other protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

All performers, employees, volunteers, and visitors are expected to adhere to this policy and act in accordance with its principles. The club will not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation and will take appropriate action in response to any such behaviour.

Equal opportunities exist for all performers who wish to share their music and culture with the club's audience. The club welcomes performers from all backgrounds and aims to ensure that they feel valued and included in the club's activities.  

The policy defines and explains the difference between key terms such as bullying, harassment and victimisation so that there is no confusion about these terms. If any performer, member, visitor or volunteer experiences discrimination or harassment, they should report it to the designated person as soon as possible.

The club has established a grievance procedure to deal with complaints regarding discrimination, bullying, and victimisation. This procedure features the name and contact details of the person responsible for the policy and outlines the steps that will be taken to address any issues raised.

All performers, visitors and volunteers are made aware of the equal opportunities policy (on the website) and the club's commitment to promoting a non-discriminatory environment that celebrates culture and music. The policy will be regularly updated and communicated to ensure that all regular attendees are aware of any changes and that no one can use ignorance as an excuse for discriminatory behaviour.