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People Choice Awards

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We are delighted to announce the return of Diverse Cymru’s Winter Ball and Excellence in Equality Awards. Diverse Cymru is a unique Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination and through our Awards we recognise the achievements of organisations and individuals who have worked to promote equality and diversity in innovative and effective ways.

People’s Choice Award Nominations

If you know of an organisation or an individual who you believe has demonstrated excellence in equality in Wales please nominate them for this award by completing the attached nomination form and returning it to me by Monday 19 November 2018. Anyone can make a nomination for the People’s Choice Award.

The other awards categories are:

  • Excellence in Equality in the Third Sector
  • Excellence in Equality in the Public Sector
  • Excellence in Equality in the Private Sector
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Diverse Cymru Volunteer of the Year
  • Diverse Cymru Staff Member of the Year

 

Peoples Choice nomination form

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Submit a nomination for People’s Choice Award online

We hope that you will join us at the Diverse Cymru Winter Ball and Awards Ceremony where we will be presenting the winners with their awards. This will take place on:

7 pm – late, Friday 7 December 2018            

Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute St, Cardiff CF10 5EQ.

The theme of the Ball is “100 Years of Women’s Voices in Wales” and the night will include a three course meal, live entertainment with the excellent Cougar band and a DJ.

Tickets:    

£20 plus booking fee

£15 for Diverse Cymru service users

£15 concessions

To purchase tickets, please go to  Eventbrite.com.

Or for payments by cash or cheque please visit our office between 10 am and 3 pm.

We cannot accept any money on the night and cannot assign places without payment in advance.

Sponsorship Opportunities are also available for Diverse Cymru’s Winter Ball and Awards Ceremony, please see attached brochure for further information.

Sponsorship Opportunities Diverse Cymru Winter Ball and Awards 2018

 

We very much hope that you will join us at our celebration of the best of equality and diversity in Wales. I would be grateful if you could please pass this information on to anyone who you think would be interested. If you have any queries please email info@diverse.cymru or call me on 029 2036 8888 ext 255.

 

 

 

 

 

Diverse Cymru’s 2018 Winter Ball and Award Ceremony.

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7pm till Late, Friday, December 7th

Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute St, Cardiff CF10 5EQ

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the returning Diverse Cymru Winter Ball and Excellence in Equality Awards.

This year, we take the theme,“100 Years of Women’s Voices in Wales”, acknowledging the immense contribution women have made to equality in Wales, from the Suffragette movement to the present day.

Diverse Cymru is a unique Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination. Working alongside other organisations, with help from our volunteers and the input from our wonderful clients and carers, we strive to make Wales a fair place for all.

Through our awards, we recognise the achievements of those organisations and individuals, working hard to promote equality and diversity in innovative and effective ways, across Wales.

People’s Choice Awards Nominations.

This year, we are pleased to offer you the chance to nominate an organisation or an individual who you believe has demonstrated excellence in equality in Wales, for the People’s Choice Award.

Nominations can be made by completing downloading and completing the Peoples Choice nomination form  and returning it to us, or by clicking here and filling in the nomination form online.

Nominations must be made by 5pm Monday 19th November.

Other award categories include:

Excellence in Equality in the Third Sector

Excellence in Equality in the Public Sector

Excellence in Equality in the Private Sector

Diverse Cymru Volunteer of the Year

Diverse Cymru Staff Member of the Year

We very much hope that you will join us at our celebration of the best of equality and diversity in Wales.

The night includes a delicious three course Christmas meal, with live entertainment from the excellent Cougar and a DJ to end the night in style.

To purchase tickets, please go to  Eventbrite.com

Tickets:    

£20 plus booking fee

£15 for Diverse Cymru service users

£15 concessions

For payments by cash or cheque please visit our office between 10 am and 3 pm.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any money on the night and cannot assign places without payment in advance.

If you have any queries please email info@diverse.cymru or call 029 2036 8888 ext 255.

Sponsorship Opportunities are also available for Diverse Cymru’s Winter Ball and Awards Ceremony, please see attached brochure for further information.

Sponsorship Opportunities Diverse Cymru Winter Ball and Awards 2018   

Data Protection

We take your privacy very seriously and we promise to keep your personal data secure and not share or sell it to anyone. We will only use information you give us on this form to contact you about Diverse Cymru’s Winter Ball and Awards. You can withdraw your consent at any time by emailing info@diverse.cymru or  writing to the Liz Chambers, Media and Communications Officer, Diverse Cymru, 307 – 315 Cowbridge Road East, Canton Cardiff, CF5 1JD.

 

 

 

BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme

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New initiative for cultural competence in Mental Health Care

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

 

A new initiative aimed to improve cultural competence in social care and Mental Health services will today be officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services.

The BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme developed by equalities charity Diverse Cymru and endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales is designed for professionals that work with BME communities in Wales, in efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of social care and mental health services.

The initiative provides tools and resources to help practitioners provide a culturally appropriate service that importantly will help them assess and measure year on year the competency of the services provided.

The initiative has been financially supported by Welsh Government as part of their Section 64 Third Sector Mental Health Grants 2018-2021. for projects to support people with mental ill health across Wales.

 

Suzanne Duval, BME Mental Health Manager at Diverse Cymru said:

“Research has shown that BME people are less likely to seek support for mental ill health at an early stage due to cultural barriers and so they access services much later, when their illness is more severe.

I have seen many times over the years how simple changes could make a world of difference to those trying to access social care and mental health services, and I’m thrilled by the endorsement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the funding and support from the Welsh Government for this initiative which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Research has shown that cultural appropriateness may be the most important factor in the accessibility of services by BME communities. Developing culturally sensitive practices can help reduce barriers to effective treatment.”

Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales said:

“Diverse Cymru provides valuable support for our NHS mental health services by providing a voice and support for people from BME communities in Wales.

It’s intended that this resource will help support healthcare professionals with further relevant techniques and interventions to deliver an effective culturally competent, patient centred service.”

Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services said:

 

“Ethnic minority communities can sometimes encounter issues accessing appropriate healthcare they are not always aware of the services they are entitled to and how to access them.

This Certification Scheme will assist mental health organisations and practitioners to ensure they develop culturally appropriate services to improve access to mental health services among ethnic minority communities.”

for further information www.diversecymru.org.uk/main-page/

Diverse Cymru’s Creative Bursary 2018

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Diverse Cymru is pleased to announce our new training and support bursary for diverse people working in Wales’ high-end film and TV industries.

Supported by the High-end TV Levy Fund managed by Creative Skillset, we are offering a simple training bursary and mentoring programme for people from protected characteristic groups, who already have some experience in the industry and wish to further develop their skills and knowledge.

Working with well-known industry training organisations, we will be awarding 6 people a training package up to the value of £500 each.

Successful applicants will choose their own training options and will be paired up with mentors from within the industry who will be able to support them through the training and on wards.

For those not successful in the bursary process, we will offer support and advice to access any number of other opportunities currently available such as free training, mentoring, and access to support networks. We will provide links with existing industry networks to get their faces and names known, and to have the opportunity to gain access to work opportunities in real time.

 

This opportunity is open to anyone who identifies from one or more protected characteristic groups, eg.  LGBT, BME or from the disabled community.

If you are interested or know of anyone who could use the support, we are offering 3 application options:

  1. You/they can complete the simple application form attached and return it to us
  2. You/they can email us and request a telephone interview to directly answer the questions
  3. You/they can submit a film/short video clip of you answering the questions

Please see the attached:

  • Document explaining more about the Bursary and how to apply.
  • The application form
  • The Monitoring form

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Diverse Cymru Equal Opportunities Form (Eng)

The deadline for applications is the 14th September 2018

Focus Group for Disabled Cardiff Council Tenants

Focus Group for Disabled Cardiff Council Tenants

Wednesday 25th July, 10am – 12.30pm

Taff Housing Association Conference Centre (in the car park behind Taff Housing Association), 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1JD

If you are a tenant of Cardiff Council and also a disabled person, we would like to speak to you. We are particularly interested in your experiences of repairs, improvements and adaptations that may have been made to your home.

The Wales Audit Office has commissioned us to do this work as part of their review of the Welsh Housing Quality Standards at Swansea and Cardiff Councils and the event will be run by Diverse Cymru, Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) and Tai Pawb.

This focus group is your chance to tell us about your experiences as a Cardiff council tenant and your ability to shape the design and delivery of improvements to your home.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

You are welcome to bring a support worker, carer or friend with you.

Diverse Cymru will reimburse travel, access, childcare or replacement care costs. Please keep your tickets or receipts and contact us for further details.

This is a FREE event but places are limited and must be booked.

How to book

To book a place, please download the booking form here: Registration form – Council tenants focus groups

Please complete the booking form and send it to: Shelagh Maher, engagement officer, Diverse Cymru. Email: shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru or phone: 029 2036 8888 extension 255.

Please let us know your language, access and dietary requirements when booking your place.

 

Suzanne Duval

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Diverse Cymru are pleased to announce and also congratulate Suzanne Duval our BME Mental Health Manager who in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her years’ of work and activism within the BME Mental Health sector in Wales. 

Suzanne has 30 years’ experience, of working in the BME sector with the last 18 years dedicated to BME Mental Health. Over the years her excellent mental health work has been acknowledged by practitioners in the Health service, Local Authority and voluntary sector peers, which has led to her receiving amongst others awards from the Black Voluntary Sector Network Awards, GlaxoSmithKline Health Impact Award, and the Guardian Charity. 

As a Director of the All Wales BME Mental Health Group, ‘AWETU’, who merged with the Cardiff and Vale Coalition of Disabled People (CVCDP) in 2011 to form Diverse Cymru, Suzanne has worked tirelessly in highlighting the inequality faced by BME individuals in the delivery of the mental health services they receive, with particular regard to improving the cultural sensitivity and as a consequence the cultural competence of these services to better serve the BME community in Wales. 

 As a practical step to improving these services, In 2015 Suzanne designed and published which was the first of its kind in Wales, a Cultural Competency Toolkit for Mental Health for Wales, aimed at practitioners, professionals and front-line staff working within mental health, health and social care sector in Wales.

The toolkit was launched by the Health Minister Vaughan Gething in 2016, and has been followed in 2018 with the rolling out of an Accreditation Standard which will provide through an established accredited body, the United Kingdom Investors in Equality and Diversity (UKIED), a charter mark that organisations can work towards an excellence standard in culturally appropriate services. This initiative is the first of its kind in the UK.

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Vaughan Gething said at the time:

“Diverse Cymru provides valuable support for our NHS mental health services by providing a voice and support for people from BME service users in Wales

“I welcome the development of the Cultural Competency Toolkit which will help professionals and services deliver more appropriate care and support. Such projects will help us achieve a number of the goals included in our ten-year strategy Together for Mental Health.”

It is hoped that the Toolkit and Accreditation will provide organisations and practitioners with relevant techniques and interventions to deliver an effective culturally competent, patient centred service. 

This award is a well-deserved recognition for Suzanne as it acknowledges the work and contribution she has made to BME and mental health services in Wales, Diverse Cymru are therefore truly proud and grateful to Suzanne for her work over the past 30 years.

Cardiff BME Forum

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Cardiff BME forum meeting – Thursday 21st June

Are you a Black or Minority Ethnic person?
Are you from an organisation working on equalities?

The Cardiff BME forum can support you to have your voice heard.

 

The Cardiff BME forum aims to hear the voices of BME people in Cardiff and work together to improve the experience and environment for BME people living and working in Cardiff.

 

Next BME forum meeting

The next BME Forum is on:

Date: Thursday 21st June

Time: 9.30 am – 12.00

Place: Tiger room, @Loudon, Plas Iona CF10 5HW.

 

The forum is inclusive and open to all BME people and representatives from organisations working in the equalities fields in Cardiff.

Book a place to attend via: bookings@c3sc.org.uk

 

About the BME forum

The purpose of the BME Forum is to seek to improve the experience and environment for BME people living and working in the Capital/Wales, providing a collective voice for BME individuals in Wales. By:

  • Strengthening  consultation with and between BME people and communities on issues  in order to enhance our ability to participate in decision-making and improve its effectiveness, and  ensure equal access to opportunities, and
  • Contributing to the development of culturally appropriate policies and services

 

The role of the forum is to provide an opportunity to discuss priorities for BME people and communities and develop strategies to improve the BME profile across the City/Wales.

  • To consider reports and developments on diversity and equal opportunities issues affecting BME people and communities
  • To help establish a programme of activities to celebrate and encourage respect for diversity
  • To enable members to seek, offer and provide mutual support
  • To link with decision makers and other networks and associations in Wales and the UK – including with the E&D representative on the Third Sector Partnership Council, Wales

The BME Forum is facilitated by C3SC in partnership with Race Equality First and Diverse Cymru.

You can view the agenda and minutes from previous meetings here.

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