Diversity House was formally opened on the 16th of May 2007 with an office in Phoenix House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne. A charitable organisation providing both community and prison-based services for diverse communities across Kent. The charity aims to promote community integration, re-integration, social inclusion and cohesion within the Swale and Kent communities. It is our belief that individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, gender etcetera, should be treated with dignity, respect and adequate opportunities to access services within the community. We believe that people should have opportunities, support and encouragement to exercise control over their own lives and acknowledge their responsibilities to themselves and to others.

Diversity House, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has developed this intergenerational project in order to create greater social cohesion in Swale and give people a platform to pioneer interculturality and an appreciation for the cultures in the UK. Using the Benin Masks, on display at the British Museum, as an iconic emblem, our participatory researched project will encourage learning, documenting and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of the Nigerian people and their relationship with the British (both pre – and post – colonial).

We are part of the UN global compact. "We are pleased to confirm that Diversity House Limited supports the ten principles of the UN Global Compact with respect to human right, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. With this commitment, we express our intent to advance these principles within our sphere of influence and will make a clear statement of this commitment of our stakeholders and the general public. We also pledge to take part in the activities of the UN Global Compact where appropriate and feasible – through for instance participation in Country/Local Networks involvement in specialised initiatives and work streams; engagement in partnership projects; and reviewing and providing commentary to participating companies on their communications on progress." - Christine Locke (Chair and project lead.)

Diversity House plans to organise FREE sports classes for women in Swale

DIVERSITY HOUSE team is planning to organise sports activity classes for all women in the Swale area. This initiative is part of our Swale Women Empowering Women project. The objective behind this activity is to encourage women to adopt active lifestyle and teach them new life skills. It could further help them to be healthy and gain confidence in whatever they do. Lot of times, we have seen that due to various reasons, like money issue, women are not able to afford these classes despite their interest. Hence, we decided to take a step towards it and facilitate various sports classes, like, swimming, badminton, aerobics, Zumba, etc. to these women.

Activity classes will take place at Swallows Leisure centre and will be conducted under the guidance of well trained instructors. Please note that all these classes will be FREE OF COST FOR ALL.

We would request you to contact us and register your name and let us know your preferred sports activity, so that we can make the arrangements accordingly. Once, we have collected all your views, will call for a meeting and can discuss further regarding suitable timing and other concerned factors. We would appreciate your participation. Thanks

Contact Details: Phone no – 01795 420455 Email – info@diversityhouse.org.uk or you can message us on our Twitter or Facebook page


 

Benin and British Heritage: A Learning and Engagement Project      

Diversity House, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has developed this intergenerational project in order to create greater social cohesion in Swale and give people a platform to pioneer interculturality and an appreciation for the cultures in the UK.

Using the Benin Masks, on display at the British Museum, as an iconic emblem, our participatory researched project will encourage learning, documenting and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of the Nigerian people and their relationship with the British (both pre – and post – colonial).

People from all ages and backgrounds will have opportunities to share and expand their understanding of cultural identity and heritage. We will look at the cultural history and heritage of the Benin, as a focal point to explore this civilisation from the height of its glory in the 16th century to the present day. We will be focusing on African ethnographical collections, particularly those of Benin, collected in nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and held within the British Museum and the Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, Kent.

Events and activities include; Guided tours and Educational Workshops at the British Museum, workshops and tours at the Powell-Cotton Museum, developing online learning resources and worksheets, training in advanced research skills, interactive workshops and seminars on themes such as monarchy and governance, celebration of Nigerian culture, Historical guided walks around swale, exploring histories, arts, crafts, clothes and other objects available from Africa and Nigeria.

Swale Women Empowering Women Project

 

 

SWEW is a group of totally committed women of all ages eager to promote a positive image of women in Swale and Kent through information and knowledge sharing, equality and diversity, understanding, respect, reaching out, sharing support and advice and socialising. SWEW aims to help disadvantaged women to tackle isolation, improve their life chances by providing opportunities for enterprise, self-employment, employability, new skills, community participation and improved lifestyle choices.

The project supports women to;

  • Explore and develop their own business ideas and career goals
  • Enhance their interpersonal skills and personal development
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain focus and get motivated
  • Increase their opportunities to network and gain alliances
  • Information exchange
  • Learn how to influence people, handle gender issues in the workplace and much more!

The project aims for women to achieve all of this through networking, training, workshops, talks, 1 to 1 coaching and mentoring. We also encourage women to volunteer their time and expertise to help others with any of the above. We welcome enquiries from individuals who would like to become volunteers to help with this project.  By volunteering with us you are not only making a huge invaluable contribution to your community, but also have an opportunity to boost your career options and develop invaluable social and professional skills.