Volunteers and Members are the sensors, activators, promoters and advocates of a branch. So that the branch has access to as many vulnerable people in the community as possible, it is important that branch members and volunteers reflect the diversity of the community itself, and that the branch is seen as a welcoming place for all members of the community

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Some of the ways in which branches are becoming more diverse and inclusive include:

Ensuring diverse representation (age, gender, ethnicity etc) among volunteers and members

Some branches deliberately foster engagement with groups that might be under-represented in decision making.

Facilitating processes where all individuals can exercise their voice safely
Paying attention to diversity during community consultations

In some cases minority voices may be silent and services may be needed even when these individuals do not feel able to ask for them.

Connecting with the younger generation of change agents.

Adapting branch systems and cultures to be more effective at engaging young people, including supporting their participation in leadership and decision making.

Fostering and promoting the fundamental principles

But also recognising that times are shifting and, in addition to these principles, there are others that are central to its work including environmental sustainability and equality.

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