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Birmingham Royal Ballet joins the Guardians Network

Following World Mental Health Day 2018, which was celebrated on Wednesday 10 October, Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to announce its participation in the Guardians Network – a collaboration between organisations committed to eliminating abuses of power in the workplace.

The Guardians Programme, launched earlier this year, is designed to help any organisation go further in its commitment to creating a safe and secure working environment for all. The Network will see the programme within organisations from across the UK. Birmingham Royal Ballet will stand alongside Chichester Festival Theatre, English National Ballet, English National Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, New Adventures, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre to name a few. 

The Network will span multiple sectors, with Lewis Silkin the first law firm to commit to the scheme, as conversations progress with leading organisations from the public sector, media, advertising, film, television, art and fashion industries, as well as cultural organisations globally, on implementing their own Guardians Programme. 

Each of the Network’s member organisations can shape the scheme to fit their own organisation, but all will appoint internal Guardians, who are trained to promote and uphold their respective workplace cultures. Guardians are trained staff members acting as confidential sounding boards and an information resource for colleagues who seek support related to behaviours or the culture at work, but are unsure about how to proceed. Guardians listen to colleagues confidentially, give neutral support on issues and, where relevant, advise upon which processes and staff may assist.

The Guardians Programme is an inspired way of achieving two difficult things: disseminating and maintaining your desired culture across all areas and locations of the business; and empowering staff with concerns to make well-informed and appropriate choices regarding escalation of issues.’
Richard Miskella, Partner, Lewis Silkin

For more information visit www.oldvictheatre.com/about-us/guardians-programme