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Diversity Champions

Equality and diversity means something at 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, Technology Administrative Assistant

I love learning and taking on 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 gained a qualification. I have also completed my NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Business and Administration, and attended another 3 day ITIL Course which I have passed all whilst working at NCHA. My next challenge will be to complete and pass the Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship with QA.

Diversity Champion for disability

    Julie, Senior Regulation Officer

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 Champions for LGBT

  Mel, 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, DMS Admin

I’m 25 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, Project Manager

Since the age of 17 I have lived with a diagnosis of clinical depression. For many years my illness consumed me and defined who I was, but with the help from the right services and with NCHA taking a chance on me, I have been able to reach where I am today. My illness has had a huge impact on forming the person I am today, but I no longer let it define me. If you challenge the stigma around mental health you are one of the brave ones and help so many people without even realising it.