Diversity News – Autumn 2018

Welcome to our latest Diversity Trust newsletter.

First off, I’d like to say “hello” to all of our wonderful supporters. My name is Maisy. I’ve joined the Diversity Trust as a Communications Associate, helping out with all things digital! So, as the newbee I get the job of writing the newsletter introduction – the bit that lures you in and keeps you reading. I’ve written many an introduction, sticking to formal, functional, quick and simple templates – but this one is going to be different.

As we’re all about diversity, I’m going to move away from traditional and inject in a bit of ‘Maisy’!

In this edition we’re reflecting on mental health by taking the opportunity to mark World Mental Health Day in October. In the digital age there’s an assumption that social media is having a wholly negative impact on our mental health. As an avid user of all the platforms I see the good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, there are trolls, racists, homophobes and transphobes. But there are also online communities for young people to get help, advice and guidance about dealing with their own gender identity and sexual orientation. There are websites featuring trans beauty tips and a range of hashtags, such as #MeToo, to help likeminded people find and support each other. Maybe it’s not such a bad tool for helping manage our mental health, reduce loneliness and help tackle loneliness and isolation?

We’re also marking 100 Years of (some) women having the vote – celebrating historical and contemporary influential women. I like to think I would’ve made a totally badass suffragette – fighting the patriarchy, challenging misogyny.

But then I think about the actual suffering – the hunger strikes, the forced feeding and the violence – I probably would’ve cracked straight away. So, I change my internal monologue by taking a moment to thank those who came before me for putting their lives on the line for what is right, fair and just. I ask that in celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, let’s channel that boldness and bravery, and continue to fight for what is fair and just.

To finish off my introductory ramblings, I just want to let you know that I’ve got a real passion for conversation, whether it’s:

  • face to face or digital
  • engaging with others
  • hearing your stories
  • learning about lived experiences

I’m looking for your stories and experiences, whether it’s from your personal or professional life. If you feel you could put pen to paper (or fingers to keys!) then get in touch and find out more about contributing to our Blog.

Email me today communications@www.diversitytrust.org.uk

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Diversity News – Summer 2018

In 2018 we celebrate a hundred years of the first steps towards women’s suffrage in the UK. We say “first steps” because the journey towards women’s suffrage has been a long one. In 1918 the vote was only given to women over 30 who paid (or whose husbands paid) at least £5 in property taxes. … Continued

Diversity News – New Year 2018

Welcome to our latest e-newsletter. In October 2017 we became a Community Interest Company known as a CIC. CIC’s are companies with a social purpose and distribute any profits back into the communities they work with. In our case this 
is our work with equalities communities and groups across the South West
 and West of England. You can read more about us becoming a CIC, and about our social impact, in our future e-newsletters.

Diversity News – Autumn 2017

In this issue, you’ll notice our work in South Gloucestershire going from strength to strength with new projects. Our projects include our LGBTQ+ Equality Network Group receiving grant-funding from South Gloucestershire Council to increase its regional work. We launched an LGBTQ+ film for schools and we’ll launch a new South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ website in October 2017. I’ll also update you on our new partnership work with Southern Brooks and with our existing partner at Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) charity.

Diversity News – Summer 2017

Welcome to our Summer 2017 Newsletter! In this issue you will find out how Alphabets LGBTQ, our youth project in South Gloucestershire, has been working with local schools, as well as launching our latest film for schools. As always you can find out how to book our training on equality and diversity themes including specialist training … Continued

Diversity News – Spring 2017

Welcome to Diversity News Spring 2017. In this issue you’ll hear how we’re working with many services and organisations to bring communities together by supporting their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Our news-in- brief shows our Alphabets LGBTQ youth group in South Gloucestershire going from strength to strength. And we’re now getting ready to start an LGBT+ Community … Continued

Diversity News – Winter 2016

Welcome to our Winter 2016 newsletter. You’ll notice we called this newsletter issue The AGEnda, as it focuses on how our work supports older and elder people in our communities. You can also read about a research project at the University of Bristol. You’ll see updates from our friends at the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). … Continued

Diversity News – Autumn 2016

Mental Health Matters Welcome to our Autumn 2016 newsletter. Our focus this time is on mental health. We celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10th October and we wanted to share some information, ideas and stories with you about mental health. In the newsletter you will also find an update on our LGBTQ youth project in South … Continued

Diversity News – Summer 2016

Substance Misuse Matters Welcome to Diversity News Summer 2016. In this newsletter we’ve focussed on substance misuse, with special features on alcohol and drug services in our work and with others. We also included an update on Golden Keys in Bristol, how to make your documents accessible. We featured two reports about our work with … Continued

Diversity News – Spring 2016

Disability Matters Welcome to Diversity News Spring 2016. This issue focuses on disability equality. You’ll see our disability equality trainers’ and consultants’. You’ll also read about updating your policies and documents so they meet the Accessible Information Standards, which comes out in July 2016. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will check you’re complying. As always … Continued

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