who we are
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.
The charity offers a holistic and person-centred package of care and support for our service-users on issues such as debt management, housing, employment, education, health, and business opportunities. We also run special interest groups, projects, lectures and symposia aimed at informing, educating, inspiring and challenging people in Kent into self-reliance and self-actualisation.
Therefore, in Diversity House it is important to us that given the right support, the people living within these communities should be able to exercise control over their own lives and acknowledge their responsibilities to themselves and others.
what we do
We believe that every individual regardless of their race or ethnicity should be treated with dignity, respect and given the opportunity to access services within the community. The Charity stands for the notion that people should have opportunities, support and encouragement to exercise control over their own lives as well as acknowledge their responsibilities to themselves and to others.
Services to minority communities
Advice, Information, advocacy and guidance on access to housing, employment, family and social problems, racial bullying and related issues. Promotion of cultural understanding, beliefs, values, acceptance, age disability, Gender and all the protected characteristics as depicted in the Equality Act 2010. Education. Training and development on cultural awareness, equal opportunities, diversity training and impact assessment training. Mentoring and counselling services. Basic training in computing skills, CV writing etc. A Drop-in centre which acts as a hub for socialising and information centre for sign posting to other relevant services and authorities. You can expect Full assessment of your needs. Services tailor-made to meet them. Easy access to relevant services and agencies. On-going support. An opportunity to interact and socialise and complete confidentiality.
Services to service providers
Training and development on cultural awareness, equal opportunities, diversity training and impact assessment training. Best practice in engaging with minority communities. Seminars, workshops and conferences on promoting service users involvement and participation. Opportunities to implement joint initiatives and joint working. The following are examples of people who use our services:
- Individuals – Accessing community care, e.g. – Reporting Racist Incidents, information, advice, advocacy, health promotion,
- capacity building, community bonding, etc.
- Public Sector – HM Prisons, Kent Police, Kent County Council
- Local Authority – Swale Borough Council
- Private Companies – Race Relations Training
- Primary Care Trust
- Local Education Authority
Diversity House’s core priorities and vision is promoting community integration, inclusion and cohesion. It also aims to tackle social inequalities caused by social determinants of gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, beliefs, values, language, disability, socio-economic status, education, etc. The charity works directly and in partnership with others to provide a range of activities and services to meet and champion the needs of disadvantaged and deprived communities, in particular those with a minority background living in Kent.
Diversity House also aims to help these communities through:
- The advancement of education and training
- The relief of need by the provision of advice, assistance, information and ‘drop-in’ services
- The promotion of equality and diversity by eliminating discrimination, raising awareness to equality and promoting activity to
- foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.