We welcome and appreciate differences.
Diversity helps create the strongest team possible for our service and helps us connect more easily with everyone in the communities we serve.
Simply put, it makes us more effective and efficient.
We continually develop our relationships with partner groups, so we are able to “hear” those whose voice might be quieter.
This is everyone’s responsibility and we work hard to make sure that every contact counts and every opportunity is taken to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
We have identified five areas to focus on:
- Knowing your communities
- Leadership, partnership and service commitment
- Community engagement and satisfaction
- Responsive services
- A skilled and committed workforce
If you have any ideas for us or you would like to be part of our External Reference Group, please contact Nicky.Thurston@esfrs.org
Did you know....?
In East Sussex
- Children and young people now account for a smaller proportion of the population (16%) than in 2001 (18%),
- While those of pensionable age (65+) still account for nearly 23%, far higher than regional and national comparisons.
- Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups account for 8% of the County’s population.
The County has a higher proportion of married people (48%) and those who are registered in a same-sex civil partnership (0.3%), than regional and national comparisons.
In Brighton & Hove
- Older people account for 13% of the population in Brighton and Hove, although this is lower than the national average (16%).
- An estimated 15% of residents are lesbian, gay or bisexual and the City has the highest number of people in same sex partnerships and/or marriages of any area in England.
- 20% of the population are from a BME background and all minority ethnic communities have grown significantly in number and proportion in the last decade.
Read our Religion, Belief and Culture in our Community guide.