Mapping out equality issues

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Aberdeenshire Council is holding a series of events to find out what residents think priorities should be in tackling discrimination and creating equal opportunities for all.

The council is developing a multi-equality scheme to ensure nobody is treated differently because of their age; disability; pregnancy and maternity; sex; sexual orientation; race, including Gypsy Travellers; gender reassignment; religion or belief and marriage or civil partnership.

As part of the process, the local authority wants to hear from residents in Aberdeenshire to find out what are the issues of equality they feel are affecting their community.

Residents are invited to attend one of the events being held across Aberdeenshire next month, co-ordinated by the Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC), to make sure their voices are being heard.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s policy & resources Committee, Cllr Jim Gifford, said: “The council takes its responsibilities on the promotion of equality issues very seriously.

“We want to hear from local residents to find out what are the biggest equality issues affecting them and their community.”

GREC Chief Executive, Jeannie Felsinger, said: “There is evidence from outside of the region to suggest the kind of issues that may be important to individuals and groups, but we want to hear from the people of Aberdeenshire themselves.”

The local event is being held from 6.30pm until 8pm, at Banff and Buchan College in Fraserburgh on Tuesday, November 6.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the events, contact Margaret Main, of GREC, on 01224 576796 or email