Aims piertalk.com is open to all residents of Southend and its surrounding area.. We aim to help the community have an atmosphere of friendship, respect and care for each other. In particular, we aim to treat every member equally, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation Accessibility We are committed to ensuring any member of piertalk is able to attend our activities, so we will reassess our access requirements to meet the needs of new members. Diversity Our group belongs to all members. We aim to organise a range of events and activities to suit the interests and meet the needs of a wide variety of people. The group should be open to new ideas, and particularly prioritise opportunities for members to share their cultural heritage with one another. Inclusion and respect Every member should be made to feel equally welcome and included at all piertalk meetings and events. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive and inflammatory remarks and behaviour are not acceptable. These constitute harassment, and have no place in piertalk. Dealing with discrimination and harassment If any member feels they have been discriminated against by piertalk or harassed at a piertalk event they should raise this with the Committee. The Committee will investigate the complaint, listening to all members involved. (If the complaint is against a committee member, that member will not be part of conducting the investigation). If the complaint is against a particular individual, this person will have the opportunity to express their point of view, accompanied by a friend. The person making the complaint will also have this opportunity. If the complaint is against the group as a whole, the Committee must work to ensure that such discrimination is not repeated in the future, and must inform the members of how they propose to do this. Any decision to exclude a person from the organisation due to discriminatory or harassing behaviour will be made with reference to the group’s constitution. The group will support people who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against, and will not victimise or treat them less well because they have raised this. This policy was adopted at a meeting of piertalk on 22 May 2017, and will be reviewed at least every 2 years.