PurpleSpace Partner - Equal Approach

Equal Approach

The Equal Approach/PurpleSpace Bursary Scheme supports current and future disability network leaders who work in government departments and agencies. The scheme is funded by Equal Approach, co-ordinated by PurpleSpace and endorsed by Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and Civil Service Disability Champion. Nine successful bursary holders were selected in autumn 2016.

The bursary focuses on delivering leadership know-how and encouraging innovation and cross-networking with the private sector.

The scheme provides:

  • A three year membership to PurpleSpace with access to our Member Zone and a range of publications and best practice guides, places on our webinars and at our networking and learning events and online discussions and information exchanges with network leaders from other industries and sectors
  • Mentoring from an experienced business leader from the private sector and peer-to-peer coaching support from fellow bursary holders from other government departments and agencies
  • Review meetings with Philip Rutnam, Dawn Milman-Hurst and Janet Hill, Programme Director Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion at Cabinet Office who offer their unique insights into personal development, leadership and building inner confidence and brand.

Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary for the Home Office and Civil Service Disability Champion
“The Equal Approach PurpleSpace Bursary Scheme shows that the Civil Service has a genuine willingness to change for the better. Actions speak louder than words and empowering these disability network leaders will connect people from our richly diverse workforce to create positive and lasting differences.”

Dawn Milman-Hurst, CEO, Equal Approach
“Equal Approach’s mission is to promote diverse talent in the workplace, and our sponsorship of the bursary scheme is an example of that in action. To create a truly inclusive culture, employers need to do things differently – and not just talk about making change, but actually take action. One way employers can achieve this, is to create strong networks, such as this one, among people who are empowered to make a real lasting difference for disabled staff.”

Walter Scott, Co-founder & Co-chair Defence Stammering Network for military and civilian personnel and Equal Approach Bursary Holder
“I firmly believe that leadership initiatives like this one can help disability networks to shift any corporate blockers to raising awareness and delivering change. As a network co-chair, the offer of mentoring, networking and development seems a great way of identifying enhancements to how we support the disability-related needs of our colleagues and our employers – both in Defence and across the wider Civil Service.”

Anyone who would like more about the Equal Approach Bursary Scheme should contact PurpleSpace by emailing info@purplespace.org