Accountability Agreement

  • We accept that each of us is individually responsible for our own actions and we are collectively responsible for supporting those around us.
  • We start from a position of believing and supporting people when they share their experiences with us.
  • We accept that other people’s lives and histories are invariably different to our own and try to avoid making assumptions about the opinions, background, cultures and identities of others.
  • We try not to judge, compete or put each other down. We approach every situation with an open mind.
  • We notice and respect each other’s physical boundaries and understand the importance of always checking first before crossing them.
  • We are mindful of the space we take up and if we are used to talking, we also need to listen to the wisdom that others bring to our organising and discussions.
  • We try to communicate in an open, clear and uncomplicated way. We are aware of how the language we use can shut down other people’s opinions and exclude participation, even when we do not intend to do so.
  • Accountability means that each of us is ready, when challenged about how we act and how we speak, to take on board other’s points of view, take responsibility for our actions and make amends in the ways that are asked of us. This accountability is also expected of people and groups working with us.
  • If we witness actions or behaviour that is harmful, oppressive or discriminatory, we will challenge it constructively and not leave this to those who are most affected by it or assume others will deal with it.