Our commitment to people
We are an equalities led and lived experience organisation – overseen by the Arkbound Foundation charity, whose trustees and management board comprise people from a range of different ethnicity, ages, gender, orientation and other characteristics. Similarly, our staff have lived experience of issues ranging from homelessness, disability and imprisonment. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to be heard and to contribute to society, holding social inclusion to be a foundation of democratic society. It is not a principle we pay lip service to, but rather something we base our work on every day.
All staff are paid above the National Living Wage, with a circular rather than top-down hierarchical organisational structure that allows for fair and equal input into all decisions, based on each person’s experience and abilities. Arkbound also opens itself up to young people looking to gain insight into the publishing world, from voluntary placements to paid internships. It goes without saying that our core work is with those who would otherwise face social exclusion.
We proactively work with and are members of a range of organisations (Clinks, VOSCUR, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, SEUK, GSEN, World Youth Alliance, Corbett Network, Global Justice Now, among others) – believing that a collaborative and creative approach is the best way to efficiently come up with solutions and help a wider number of people.