This means that all of our Trustees and most of our staff have lived experience of disability. We are pan-impairment, so disability can include mental health issues and/or long-term conditions. This experience gives us a deep understanding of how society can be made more equal and inclusive.
Learning to use lived experience for social change is a skill. We have become experts in harnessing lived experience of our staff, members, volunteers, and the people who use our services. We use this understanding to design and deliver higher quality, more person-centred services. This benefits both disabled people and society more widely. We also support other organisations to do the same.
Every day, disabled people everywhere overcome barriers in order to participate in society and to access many things that non-disabled people take for granted. The Social Model of Disability recognises this inequality and the need for change. The Social Model of Disability is at the heart of everything we do.
Many members of our team are part of alliances, panels and boards which represent the communities we work with, such as the Disability Benefits Consortium and the Equalities Network. We also form partnerships to deliver services and are a proud partner in the Barnet Together Alliance with the Young Barnet Foundation, Volunteering Barnet, and Barnet Council.
Our vision and mission
We believe in a world where disabled people live their lives free from barriers, stigma, and poverty.
Our mission is to harness the skills gained from our lived experiences of disability, and to use these to create more accessible services and communities.
For the period 2021-25, we have four strategic objectives at Inclusion Barnet.
We are working towards a world in which disabled people, in Barnet and beyond:
- can live their lives free of stigma and poverty,
- have their health inequalities addressed, with full regard to intersectionality* and how it impacts on people’s life chances,
- have access to person-centred services, which address their individual needs and the systemic barriers they are facing,
- can take a leadership role in creating a thriving and socially just society.
*How aspects of a person’s identity such as class, race, gender, sexuality, or socio-economic status are often interlinked, increasing the levels of inequality they may face.
We are an accredited Living Wage Employer
Our commitment to paying the Living Wage
As a responsible employer and an organisation that cares about treating our employees fairly, we pay our staff the real Living Wage. We proudly show our public commitment to this by displaying the accredited Living Wage Employer Mark on our materials.
There are more than 13, 000 UK employers who, like us, voluntarily pay above the Government minimum. This wage ensures that our staff earn enough to cover their basic living expenses and that annual pay increases are linked to the cost of living.
As part of our commitment to paying the real Living Wage, we also ensure that we:
- pay the living wage to any contractors we work with.
- only promote job postings that show specified salaries.
- only endorse opportunities offered by other organisations or public bodies, such as participating in focus groups, committees, or attending public feedback meetings, where fair compensation aligned with the real Living Wage is offered.
For more information about the Living Wage accreditation please visit the Living Wage Foundation website