Equality and Diversity

Our aim is to make equality an integral part of the way the council works by putting it at the centre of everything we do.

Working with staff 

Equality champions

Their role is to:

  • assist their team and service with anything related to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • support the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion officer
  • share and get involved in opportunities to raise awareness of  EDI
  • start the conversation with colleagues about  EDI
  • share best practice and celebrate diversity across the Council and community in Cheshire East.

Equality and Diversity staff network groups

The staff network groups provide peer support to staff that identify with one or more of the protected characteristics. Each of the staff forums meets regularly and provides its members with an opportunity to influence what happens in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Cheshire East Council. 

Contact details for each staff network group are below so if you would like to join a network or find out more about it, please email the group directly.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff network

This forum is for our members of staff who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic. It is an opportunity for them to have some influence in how Cheshire East Council supports its  black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and provides for their cultural or religious needs. 

Differently Abled

The Differently Abled staff network is a friendly, safe space for all staff. It offers support to staff who might have a physical or hidden disability, a long-term illness, or who might be caring for someone. 

The Differently Abled group meets monthly via Teams and welcomes the views and experiences of all staff

Early Careers Network

The Early Careers Network gives young staff (aged 30 and under) or those starting a new career a variety of opportunities to develop their careers. The network aims to help employees make the most of the opportunities the council offers, giving them insight into different areas and whilst collaborating to produce new initiatives which will be rolled out across the organisation for young people. 


VibranCE is open to all staff who either identify as a member of the LGBT+ community or to anyone who wishes to be an ally to our LGBT+ staff. The group meets monthly, currently via Teams.

It is a judgment-free space where you can ask questions, discuss things that affect you in the workplace and have some social time with other LGBT+ staff and allies. 

The Circle

The Circle is a laid back and judgement free group for men, which offers time out of work to talk and socialise.

The Circle meets fortnightly via Teams for an hour; however, this time is yours and you can join for as little or as long as you want, with no obligation to stay for the whole meeting.

Women's Staff Network

The Women’s Staff Network is a friendly and supportive social space for women to share their experiences and talk about what matters to them both at work and home.

The group meets monthly via Teams and aims to provide support for women’s health and wellbeing.


 If you would like any further information on any of the groups email: equalityandinclusion@cheshireeast.gov.uk 

Page last reviewed: 05 July 2022