Welcome to Diversity Living Services
Diversity Living Services aims to promote social integration and inclusion, equality and diversity by eliminating discrimination and social exclusion against UK diversity communities (e.g. disabled people, elderly people, asylum seekers, migrants, refugees and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities).
We aim to relieve poverty and prevent social exclusion by developing community level social development and advocacy on issues relating to socio-economic disadvantaged communities; in particular people with disability, elderly people, women, children and other marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Our main services:
Information, Advice & Guidance:
- We provide advocacy and public awareness on issues relevant to social integration, equality and inclusion
- We provide information, advice, guidance and support about welfare rights, debt, health, benefits, housing, employment, consumer issues, education, discrimination, immigration and legal issues.
We promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities (e.g. Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities) and other disadvantaged people such as disabled and elderly people in integrated care.
- We support the training of diversity communities and educational attainment of asylum seeker, refugee and minority ethnic school children.
- Providing advocacy for – and support to – young people with their education, training, employment and social needs
- Promoting and encouraging young people to develop their creativity and confidence, technical and performance skills
- We represent our service users in decision-making and consultations arrangements to ensure they reflect the make-up of local communities
- We organise access to appropriate training (e.g. ESOL and employability skills) and other community learning opportunities that contribute to providing new skills, increasing confidence and motivation
- We support refugees and people from BME communities to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training
We support refugees and BME’s access to employment and volunteering opportunities.
We organise public awareness on social integration, equality and rights issues relevant to refugee, migrants and BME communities. We influence mainstream services on how to meet the needs of refugees, black and ethnic minority communities.
Health Care Services
- To provide advice, guidance, signposting and information to refugees and asylum seekers and BME communities to enable them to effectively integrate into society and to access services and opportunities
- To promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities (e.g. Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities) and other disadvantaged people such as disabled and elderly people in integrated care
- To raise awareness amongst refugees and asylum seekers and disadvantaged people from BME about available services and how services can be accessed
- To facilitated and supporting the participation of refugees and BME communities in local activities for leisure, learning, volunteering and decision-making processes
- Promoting the inclusion and participation of diversity communities (e.g. Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities) and other disadvantaged people such as disabled and elderly people in integrated care.
- inform policy, locally and nationally, and assisting in the formulation of effective policies, strategies and good practices in integrated care in order to contribute to improved health outcomes for the people from the diversity communities and to ensure health services are able to meet their specific need
- To improve the quality of life for diversity people with disability, mental health problems and their families and carers through integrated care by providing inclusive advocacy and information
- To provide the services that enable diversity groups and individuals with disability /elderly and their carers to make the right choice for themselves and have an influence on decisions made about their future
- To promote the rights of diversity people with disability, their families and carers and make sure their rights are safe and protected
- To promote access to information regarding healthcare issues and to raise awareness of the needs of diversity disabled children, young people, older people and their families
- To promote the rights of older and disabled diversity people, helping them overcome and enable them to participate in decisions about their future
- To provide support and information to those suffering the isolation and loneliness that can be associated with disability and old age
- To fight against mental health stigma in the diversity communities and ensure no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health or disability.
“Accommodating people’s growing demands for their inclusion in society, for respect of their ethnicity, religion, and language, takes more than democracy and equitable growth. Also needed are multicultural policies that recognize differences, champion diversity and promote cultural freedoms, so that all people can choose to speak their language, practice their religion, and participate in shaping their culture—so that all people can choose to be who they are.” Human Development Report 2004: Cultural Liberty in Today’s Diverse World