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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 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 BME colleagues

    Molly, Support Worker

Living as a young black woman I have had the pleasure of gaining first-hand experiences and understanding of growing up being a part of the BME community. While I feel privileged and proud to come from a mixed and cultural heritage I can both appreciate and relate to experiences of discrimination.

I believe it is so important to ensure that prejudice attitudes are challenged head on whilst also taking the time to widen people’s knowledge and perspective surrounding all diversity issues. I am passionate about equality and inclusion inside of the work place as well as throughout commonplace society and this is why I wanted to be a Diversity Champion.

By being active in promoting awareness and by lending a voice to those who are not able to speak up for themselves NCHA can make sure that every employee and service user feels happy, safe and comfortable, I am hugely grateful to be a part of this.
 

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.