An effective approach to EDI Strategy Development in Social Care

Bakare Barley Ltd was commissioned by Nugent to provide constructive feedback on the content of their developing EDI strategy and to undertake a consultation gaining feedback from staff, volunteers members of the public and beneficiaries, and to provide findings and recommendations to the Nugent Trustee Board.

Focusing on what matters to staff and beneficiaries

Nugent understand that in order to provide outstanding and dignified services to their diverse beneficiaries, they must have a strong commitment to ensuring they are understood, valued and respected regardless of their background.

Their EDI Strategic Framework envisions that everyone at Nugent, including Trustees, Executive Leadership, Senior Leadership, Managers, Team Leaders and staff groups will take direct responsibility for its implementation, recognising that promoting EDI is both an individual and collective responsibility and directly underpins their values and our vision.

The framework encompasses delivery of their internal workforce plans and their external policy work that impacts on their staff and beneficiaries.

What we did

Bakare Barley was commissioned to conduct an independent consultation to draw out perspectives of key internal and external stakeholders to advance EDI at Nugent. An Equality Impact Assessment was undertaken on the approach to ensure that all groups would have equitable access to participate and share their views.

Bakare Barley examined data and key documents from Nugent and conducted an organisation wide survey and invited Nugent staff to take part in Stakeholder Meetings and one to one discussion.

The objectives of the consultation were to find out the views of key stakeholders in relation to the draft EDI Strategic Framework and its identified purpose, priority areas, approach, and monitoring and evaluation of progress.


The outcome

Respondents shared their experiences, feedback and ideas. Nugent received a report outlining the conclusions from the consultation, and a set of recommendations for improvements to the EDI strategic framework which enabled them to adapt, reprioritise, and respond to the needs of their staff and beneficiaries.

The insights from the independent consultation enabled Nugent’s leadership to put in place a robust and thorough strategy for change and developments in EDI and build on the existing activity which has been set up over the last 18 months.

“I have worked directly with Ayo from Bakare Barley on a key project over the last year. Ayo has a wealth of knowledge and has effectively supported us as an independent EDI expert. I would highly recommend Bakare Barley”.

Hetal Mainwaring, Head of People, Nugent (January 2022)


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