Supporting colleagues with disabilities

We are proud to show our support for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2018. Today, we have released a short film where colleagues share their experiences of disability. Tonight, we will light-up our offices on Threadneedle Street in purple.
Published on 03 December 2018

The Bank of England’s disAbility Network raises awareness of the full spectrum of disabilities. It provides support for individuals with disabilities or long-term conditions, to help them reach their full potential. Our work on the disability agenda is part of our wider commitment to being an inclusive employer. Speaking about this, Victoria Cleland, Executive Director and Network Sponsor, said ‘the Bank is really keen to embrace diversity. It makes us a better organization and we achieve far better results’.

To celebrate the Network’s 10th anniversary earlier this year, we previewed a film, ‘This is me’, where colleagues shared their stories and experiences of disability. The film is part of our efforts to support building an inclusive culture at the Bank where colleagues with disabilities can talk openly about their condition or adjustments should they wish to, without fear of stigma.

This premiered at an event where we had the pleasure to hear from Brad Fried, Chair of the Court of the Bank of England, the Business Disability Forum and to listen to musical performances by the National Open Youth Orchestra1, the world's first disabled-led national youth orchestra. You can see photos of this event at the end of this article.

Today, to show our support for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are sharing ‘This is me’ externally for the first time. Watch the film by clicking on the picture below. Tonight, we will light up our offices on Threadneedle Street in purple.  And, we have taken the time to reflect on recent achievements of the disAbility Network. Some of the highlights are noted below.

1The National Open Youth Orchestra, the first national youth ensemble in the world to empower talented young disabled musicians to realise their potential. To support the National Open Youth Orchestra as a patron or sponsor, please contact CEO Barry Farrimond MBE or visit their website.

Improving accessibility

including an innovative disability access lift for the Threadneedle Street front entrance, new disability-accessible equipment in the gym and improved toilet facilities.

Disability Smart training

that equips customer-facing staff with knowledge and skills to welcome visitors that have a disability.

British Sign Language courses

organised by the Network, and coffee meetings for staff to practice their sign language skills.

Speaker events

at which we have heard from a range of external speakers reflect on disability and how we can create a more inclusive workplace.

Coffee meet-ups

that offer staff an opportunity to talk in an informal setting about particular disabilities or long-term conditions.

Photos from the event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bank’s disAbility Network

Launch of our disability This is me film at the Bank of England

From left to right: Brad Fried – Chairman of Court, Victoria Cleland – Executive Director and Network’s Sponsor, Diane Lightfoot - Chief Executive Officer of the Business Disability Forum, Alistair Baker and Charles Joly – Network co-chairs.

Doug Bott – Musical Director

Oliver Cross on the harmonica

Ashleigh Turley on the piano

The National Open Youth Orchestra performing at the Bank of England.