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Diverse City and PiPA – how we’ve committed to supporting parents and carers in our workforce.

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At the end of 2020, we were delighted to formalise our ongoing friendship and professional relationship with PiPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) by becoming a Charter Partner. This allows us not only to benefit from their expertise in creating a friendly and inclusive workplace, but also from the experience of their other Charter Partners.

A red and orange circle contains the PiPA logo. Alongside it is written Parents and Carers in Performing Arts

Diverse City has always strived to be a progressive workplace – we encourage flexible working, and operate on a ‘tasks not time’ basis with all our employees. We trust that everyone who works for Diverse City does so with a genuine love and passion for our work and objectives, and that they will get the job done. Holding people to hours that do not suit their lifestyle or help them to balance a healthy, fruitful work/life balance simply doesn’t make sense to us.

We believe happy employees do their best work, and that as a company we have a responsibility to help everyone achieve their best work without disrupting their life, or preventing them from discharging their other responsibilities.

Working with PiPA was therefore a simple hop skip and a jump for us. We have high standards already, but PiPA both inspire us and provoke us to be always looking around for ways to improve. Can we rethink our rehearsal scheduling? What about the always demanding Tech Week? Perhaps we should never schedule mandatory meetings for after 3pm, to allow for school pick up? With their support, we’ll always be aiming higher, and hoping to ensure that everyone who works for or with us will feel supported, and like they never have to make sacrifices that harm either their work or their home life.

We’re excited to see what this partnership will help us achieve.

Romola Garai on supporting Parents and Carers in Performing Arts

PiPA Charter Partner Statement

We are proud to be a PiPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts)Charter Partner, striving towards creating a more family friendly working environment. PiPA campaigns to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements as appropriate.

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