Equality and diversity framework

Ensuring everyone has equal opportunities

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion journey 

At the Ramblers we’re on a journey to create an inclusive culture.  We’re committed to fostering an environment that values and celebrates everyone’s unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. 


Removing barriers 

We recognise that inequalities can have deep roots in our society.  Whether related to race, religion, disability, gender, sex or other factors, systems of inequalities exist which create barriers to people participating in sport and physical activity, including walking.  We acknowledge our responsibility to actively work towards removing these barriers.  By working together as staff, members and volunteers our aim is to grow an inclusive and equitable culture that also promotes and embraces diversity in all aspects of the charity.   


Progress to date 

We have begun to: 

  • identify and address barriers to equality 

  • develop a comprehensive range of learning and development opportunities 

  • develop practical and tailored resources that support meaningful change 

  • act on data gathered on representation within the Ramblers 

  • seek ways in which we can make a positive impact within communities. 

  • challenge inequality wherever we find it. 


Future plans 

As we continue to educate ourselves on the issues associated with inequalities, we will: 

  • improve diversity and representation across the charity 

  • embed understanding and awareness of exclusive behaviours 

  • educate on how to address discrimination  

  • introduce interventions that break down barriers and address underrepresentation across the charity  

  • partner with organisations that share our values and support our efforts to create a more just and equitable society. 


This will be an ongoing journey, and we will be continually evaluating our policies, practices, and culture to ensure that we are living up to our values and removing barriers to equality. 

A selfie photo of Arron smiling.  There are large rugged hills behind him.

Challenging perceptions of the Ramblers

Arron, the chair of Fillyaboots Merseyside Young Walkers talks about being a young, LGBT+, working class Rambler.

A woman in a courtyard

Walking for health

Joy shares the story of how taking part in Ramblers Wellbeing Walks has helped with her mental and physical health.

A distant couple, carrying a child walking along the beach next to the sea

A family friendly walk on the Northumberland coast path

Zahrah Mahmood and her family explore the natural beauty of the Northumberland section of the England coast path.