National Trust – We think about inclusion at the National Trust in a simple way. Our founders believed that everyone had the right to benefit from nature, beauty and history. We are honest enough to recognise that today we are not the inclusive organisation our founders wanted us to be.
We are therefore committed to take greater action to create a welcoming, friendly and open environment for everyone – from our staff and volunteers to our visitors and members – recognising that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
For us, being inclusive is an activity, not just a quality: it’s a reflection of what we do, not just what we say.
Through our commitment we are encouraging our staff and volunteers to listen to others and then take positive action to support. It’s not about large one-off actions but the collection of regular, small and every day actions and decisions taken by many. This cumulation of support is what creates and sustains truly inclusive environments.
Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is broad and we are happy to support initiatives that enable us to achieve this.
We are committed to both increasing accessibility and providing better experiences for children and young people. These twin ambitions are captured within the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and we are excited by the opportunity to work with other like-minded organisations to listen to disabled children and young people and better understand how we can improve.