Officers and staff within West Mercia Police operate a number of support networks to enable members of our workforce to come together and share experiences, concerns and solutions.
The staff networks are highly valued by the force as a source of support to individuals but also as a ‘critical friend’, which enables us to work together to address and solve problems for under-represented individuals, and ultimately improve individuals' experiences at work and support their health and wellbeing.
We host a range of staff support networks, including:
The aim of the B-ME network is to improve the working environment of minority ethnic staff based on fairness within the force, with a view to enhancing the quality of service to our communities. In addition to this, it offers:
Peer support and mentoring
Supporting and networking with black and ethnic minority colleagues
Application, interview and promotion support
Helping to progress the diversity and inclusion action plan.
The Disability Network is the umbrella group which represents all people with disabilities at West Mercia Police and links to the force’s specific support groups, including the Dyslexia Support Group, Hearing Impairment Group and West Mercia Autism Network.
Anyone with a disability (hidden or obvious!) who would like to help to improve our working lives to is welcome to join in building the group.
West Mercia Police is proud to be a Disability Confident employer, part of a government scheme for organisations which play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. In continuing our Disability Confident journey, we are ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Dyslexia Support Group
The Dyslexia Support Group is a friendly, approachable group with a vision to actively support and promote dyslexia awareness to influence an inclusive workforce. They listen and support officers and staff with any concerns or issues in relation to an individual’s dyslexia journey.
Hearing Impairment Group
Acknowledging hearing loss can be difficult, but there are people who can help. The Hearing Impairment Group has had success in being involved with the new telephone system, making sure those who have hearing difficulties can use them, and with radios versus hearing aids.
PRIDE in West Mercia
PRIDE in West Mercia is a network which celebrates the full range of sexual orientation and gender identity. The network is proactive in its approach in supporting officers and staff who are lesbian, gay, bi or part of the trans spectrum. All details will be held privately and are only accessible to the members of the PRIDE Network Lead Group.
West Mercia Autism Network
Autism is a lifelong condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are about 700,000 adults and children on the autism spectrum in the UK and, like everyone, each autistic person has their own strengths and challenges.
The West Mercia Autism Network has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we welcome any contact, whether from autistic staff or officers, carers of autistic individuals or for operational advice and support when dealing with autistic individuals in the community.
Women of West Mercia (WOW)
WOW represents all women in West Mercia Police – of all ranks and positions, officers and staff, Special Constables and volunteers. Their aim is to strive towards gender equality, building on the progress that has already been made and increase relevance so that women and men can work as equals.
Members enjoy the sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people, the opportunity to network and to find support. WOW provides CPD, social events, and mentoring and coaching.