Overgate Hospice is committed to eliminating discrimination on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexuality or social class. We aim to provide accessible services, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual. Our staff and volunteers are central to this commitment and we aim to develop a workforce that is diverse, non-discriminatory and where equality and diversity values are embedded into every day practice, policies and procedures so that equality and diversity becomes the norm for all.

Click below to view our Equality & Diversity Policy.

Equality & Diversity Policy

Disability Confident Committed Employer

The Disability Confident scheme aims to help businesses, particularly small businesses like the Hospice, to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions giving them the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. It is a completely free scheme developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:

- ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
- communicating and promoting vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people
- anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
- supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
- at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people
You can find out more about Disability Confident at: www.gov.uk/disability-confident


Rainbow Badge Initiative

Overgate Hospice has launched a new Rainbow Badge initiative to demonstrate how we offer our patients and their families open, non-judgmental and inclusive care and support.
Despite the progress made towards LGBT+ equality in recent years, many LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives, with challenges when accessing healthcare services a contributing factor. 
The Rainbow Badge initiative, which originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital, invites healthcare staff to sign a pledge to celebrate diversity and equality along with ensuring that all services are delivered in a non-judgemental and inclusive way.
The badge, showing the Overgate Hospice logo superimposed on the rainbow pride flag, can be worn on lanyards or uniforms and is a sign that the wearer is someone friendly and approachable, to whom one can talk about issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Rainbow Badge News Story