Who We Are
Diversity House was formally opened on the 27th of March 2007 with an office in Phoenix House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, as 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, disability, religion and believes, sexuality, sexual orientation, social class, and other social factors, should be treated with dignity, respect and adequate opportunities to access services within the community.
We are now also listed as a local group on the Co-operate which is created with communities, for communities, and is owned by communities. Please view our profile by clicking here.
Services to Service Providers
Our services are not only geared towards individual service users in the community. We also provide information, advice and support for service providers to enable them engage with the so called “Hard to Reach” groups. Our services include knowledge exchange with practitioners and their organisations, delivering workshops, training and seminars on cultural and heritage issues, cultural proficiency, equality, diversity and inclusion, equality impact analysis and gender analysis and gender mainstreaming, among others. Also, we run seminars, workshops and conferences on how to promote service users involvement and participation. We leverage opportunities for organisations to implement joint initiatives and joint working. The following are examples of people and organisations who use our services, young people, children and families, the unemployed, students, older people, those with mental health issues, refugees and asylum seeks, ex-offenders and those still in incarceration.
Trustees & Our Team
Diversity House Research Ethics Committee (REC)
Diversity House research ethics committee (REC) will regularly review proposed studies with human participants to ensure that they conform to internationally and locally accepted ethical guidelines, monitor studies once they have begun and, where relevant, take part in follow-up action and scrutiny after the end of the research. Diversity House REC will have the authority to approve, reject or stop studies or require modifications to research protocols. The committee may also perform other functions, such as setting policies or offering opinions on ongoing ethical issues in research.
Dr Ally Dunhill
Dr Ally Dunhill is a consultant and researcher in the social policy domain, with a particular focus on equality, inclusion and rights. She has worked across the education and social care sectors for over 30 years. She has lectured, researched and presented on a wide range of topics, all with the core theme of promoting, protecting and respecting human rights. Since 2015, all aspects of her work have been aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
Dr Lalita Kumari Sah
Dr Lalita Kumari Sah is a medical doctor registered with the Nepal Medical Council, Nepal. She has completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Zhengzhou University, China, after which she has worked as a medical officer in Nepal. After coming to the UK, she has completed an MSc in Public Health from London Metropolitan University. She is currently a PhD researcher and sessional lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her research expertise and area of interests are medicine, public health, maternal and child health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, mental health, health of migrant and minority ethnic groups. She has experience working in health and social care settings of both developed and developing countries.
Our volunteers provide untiring help and support across a wide range of our operations, from office duties, to community outreach projects. We could not operate without them, in order to provide excellent service to the community and for this reason, we are highly grateful for their enthusiasm and energy.