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How do we genuinely welcome everyone?

Principle 6: we welcome everyone and every part of everyone.

We need to build inclusivity and accessibilty into our teams from the outset. Have a look at the following resources and think about whether your team could make changes to become more welcoming and accessible.

Disabled rebels

We use XR Principles of Inclusivity and Diversity & Inclusivity at Actions to provide for the needs of as many people as possible. See also the Inclusivity-disability Resources Pack.

There is a wealth of practical advice on the We are Everyone page of the toolkit.

Other marginalised groups

Principle 7: we actively mitigate for power.

Here are some ways we can try to balance out who holds the 'power' in our teams so that everyone's voice is heard:

  • weighting coordinating roles towards marginalised groups.
  • including issues and voices normally ignored in our meetings and messaging.
  • rotating who holds positions of responsibility.
  • embedding anti-oppressive practice into our training materials.
  • forging alliances with grassroots movements of marginalised people.
  • improving our awareness of personal privileges.
  • tackling harmful behaviour or language when it arises.

Exceptions to the rule

There are a few rare cases where you might not be able to include someone i.e. if their needs are beyond what you can reasonably meet, or if they risk causing harm to other people (see ‘Safeguarding’).