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Diversity Champions

Diversity and equality mean something at NCHA. .

We are NCHA. We are a diverse bunch of people – some of us are parents, grandparents or carers for older relatives. We have fostered children, and adopted them. Some of us have disabilities, or health conditions that shape they way we work. Some of us are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual – and anything in between. We are young and old, we speak many languages – from English and Polish to British Sign Language and Gujarati. We have beliefs, identities and backgrounds from all over the spectrum – but we all work together.

The people below are our Diversity Champions. They each represent a different aspect of the way equality and diversity is integral to the NCHA way of life.

Diversity Champion for learners and students

    Ashleigh, ICT Admin Assistant

I love learning anything new that will benefit me in my work and my personal life.

Fortunately NCHA has supported me in a variety of courses, from three hour sessions on report writing, to a three day course for the Service Desk Institute where I got a qualification. I have also completed my NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Business and Administration, all whilst working at NCHA. To continue to improve, the next steps for me which are also supported by NCHA are to be enrolled onto an NVQ Level 3 in ICT, which I will complete and then be able to attend and pass the ITIL course.
 

Diversity Champion for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff

    Fifi, HR Assistant

There are a few things you don’t get to choose in life … one of which is the colour of your skin. I am proud to work in an organisation that values the uniqueness of individuals and promotes equal opportunities for all staff regardless of their race.

Diversity Champion for older people

    Joy, Scheme Manager

I enjoy working for NCHA.

You feel valued. Age is definitely not a barrier.
 

Diversity Champion for disability

    Julie, Senior Assistant to the Director of Finance

I am a single working mum to a little boy, who will be seven this year.

He is handsome, charming and energetic. He has multiple disabilities and attends many medical appointments and therapies. Despite this he is enjoying life, has lots of friends and I am very proud of his achievements and progress.
 

Diversity Champion for LGBT

  Mel, SMaRT Response and Support Officer

As an advocate for young people, I volunteered to be a Diversity Champion to help improve understanding of LGBT+ issues at NCHA. I am also the parent of a cat and a dog!
     
    Thomas Chappell, DMS Admin

I’m 21 and since I was 13 have known I was part of the LGBT community.

For a few years after coming out I was made to feel ‘different’ and ‘weird’. In becoming a Diversity Champion I want to help raise awareness for the LGBT community in and out of NCHA so they won’t feel like I did those years ago.
 

Diversity Champion for mental health

    Stu, Assistant Manager, HWCS

Life is hard enough but it is even harder when you are also battling against yourself.

It is time to stop the stigma associated with mental health.
 

Diversity Champion for carers

    Shelley, Support Worker

I work part time as a support worker with Foothold as well as living with and caring for my Grandad. Doing this means he can stay in his own home and have care from someone he knows.