Best practice guide for providing prayer facilities published

Interfaith relations organisation, St Ethelburga’s  Centre for Reconciliation and Peace have launched a new guide offering best practice guidance to employers wishing to provide prayer facilities to employees..

The guide advises upon legal duties in relation to religious beliefs and the tangible benefits of providing prayer rooms for staff and employers.  It is intended for human resources and diversity managers, and for buildings managers, developers, fitters, architects and town planners. It aims to flag up some of the potential pitfalls and offers tips for improving the design or use of existing rooms.

Justine Huxley, Interfaith Projects Coordinator at St Ethelburga’s, commented:

“We receive more requests for support with prayer space than any other diversity issue. At the moment, no other such resources exist and our project has generated interest and enthusiasm from many different directions. In the City there is a clear demand for greater accessibility of prayer space and we believe that purpose-built space will become more widespread in the future.”

A series of case studies in the guide outline some examples of best practice. Transport for London have made great efforts to provide prayer rooms even where space is extremely limited such as at underground stations and bus depots. Legal practice Norton Rose LLP provide purpose-built washing facilities within the prayer space consisting of low level sinks with a tiled floor.

Free copies are available to download from St Ethelburga’s web site link below

The guide is sponsored by Barclays and The Mercer’s Company, and was created in collaboration with the Employers Forum on Belief, Quiet Room Designs. The guide is backed by the Department for Communities & Local Government.

Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link



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