Our Equality Networks

We recognise the importance and value of having equality networks and we are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive organisation.

We recognise the benefits that equality networks bring to our staff, volunteers and service users and the support they provide.

We are proud to have six established networks here at EEAST and they are:

  • All Women in EEAST (AWE)
  • BME Network
  • LGBT+ Network
  • Disability and Support Network
  • The Multi Faith Network
  • Men's Wellbeing Network

All Women in EEAST Network (AWE)

The All Women in EEAST Network supports improved experience within the workplace with a focus on gender and those issues impacting women at work. By tackling gender inequality and discrimination the Trust can be a better place to work and provide better patient care and experience to the communities we serve. 

Black, Minority Ethnicity Network (BME)

The Black and Minority Ethnicity Network works with the Trust to utilise the skills and resources of its black, asian and minority ethnic colleagues and volunteers to add value to the organisation and make EEAST a great place to work. 

Disability Support Network (DSN)

The Disability Support Network acts as a supportive group, not only for our colleagues with disabilities whether visible or invisible, but for anyone who supports someone with a disability, be it a colleague, family member or friend. They also welcome anyone who is interested in just finding out more about visible or invisible disabilities.

LGBT+ Network

The LGBT+ Network meets regularly to focus on how the Trust can improve its focus and support LGBT+ colleagues whatever their role within the organisation. 

Men's Wellbeing Network 

The Men's Wellbeing Network aims to provide support and raise awareness of issues impacting men’s wellbeing at work, while combating harmful stereotypes that perpetuate a culture of reluctance to express any concerns or ask for help. It is a safe space for men and those who identify as men, to share experiences and talk about issues around their mental wellbeing.

Multi-Faith Network

The Multi-Faith Network works together to support colleagues of all beliefs and aims to raise awareness of different faiths throughout the Trust. Some faiths also have their own staff groups, which link in with the Multi-Faith Network.