Diversity Allies

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Diversity Allies

Terms of Reference



To develop and embed ARA’s work at a grassroots level we would like to appeal for people to come forward from sections and regions as ‘Diversity Allies’.

We hope an initial group could be the first to undertake training and provide support for each other as well as members within nations and regions as training is developed for all members.

We recognise that many people want to support diversity work but may lack confidence and knowledge which is why we want to take a staged approach, ensuring that a group can be recruited and trained at the same time. This will give them the knowledge, skills, and support to take diversity forward in the organisation. 

Who can be a Diversity Ally?

Any member of ARA can become a Diversity Ally. Ideally at least one person from each nation and region would put themselves forward to help with a UK and Ireland wide collaborative approach. In addition, we have spaces available for non-ARA members who are interested in helping us effect change across the sector.

What will I do?

  • Undertake diversity training. The ARA Board and staff members have completed the Future Learn course on Understanding Diversity and Inclusion
  • Provide feedback on training to each other and at meetings of the group – what was useful, were there any gaps?
  • Provide support on diversity issues to members in your nation or region and take and structural issues back to ARA so we can continue to plan and develop.
  • Support and encourage people in your Nation or Region to undertake the diversity training. You may want all the committee to do it first or ask for volunteers to start.
  • Examine areas in your section or region where you and members can make a difference – where to start?

Work with the ARA Board and contribute to a sector wide diversity plan and support your nation or region to carry this out.

Be willing to challenge assumptions and speak up when necessary: remember you do not have to do this alone!

What skills or experience do I need?

You do not need any particular skills or experience: all you need is an interest in and commitment to diversity and a willingness to help address the issues facing us.

You should be friendly and approachable and willing to help others to learn and ask questions. You do not need to have all the answers – we are on a journey together!

What support will I receive?

You will receive support from the ARA Board and the other allies. There will be links to free training materials and people you can contact who will help you with problems and issues.

If you are interested in joining the Diversity Allies, please send a statement of interest including your name and which nation/region you would like to represent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on the 17th July 2020. Please direct any queries or issues to the same email address.