4 February 2016
The Welsh Government LGBT+ Staff Network, PRISM, have won Stonewall Cymru’s Best Performing Network Award.
The Welsh Government LGBT+ Staff Network, PRISM, have won Stonewall Cymru’s Best Performing Network Award. The award follows the Welsh Government itself being ranked as the 4th best workplace for LGBT people in Wales, and 17th in the whole of the UK, in Stonewalls Workplace Equality Index.
The Award was collected by PRISM’s co-chairs, Sue Vincent-Jones and Phil Jenkins, at the Workplace Equality Index Awards. The ceremony was held on 25 January at the Senedd, National Assembly for Wales.
Sue, also attended the Stonewall’s National Workplace Equality Index Awards at the AON Building in London on 19 January. This followed the Welsh Government’s move in the Stonewall index up from 34th to 17th. The Welsh Government is now recognised as the second most-inclusive Government organisation in the UK for LGBT people, and fourth top employer in Wales.
Commenting on the award and the events, Sue said: “I was proud to represent PRISM both nationally and locally – and to accept the award with Phil for Welsh Network of the Year. It is a fantastic achievement for all our team. My congratulations to all our network members and everyone who has been involved in supporting us.”
More than 400 organisations took part in the 2016 Workplace Equality Index, the highest number in its 12-year history.
The Index is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace. Each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.
A number of other Civil Service organisations also featured in the Index, including the Environment Agency and the security services, MI5 and MI6.
(Picture: PRISM, Welsh Government’s Staff Network (left to right): Sue Vincent-Jones, Nick McNeil, Phil Jenkins, Shona O’Shea)