Diversity Living Services aims to promote diversity and inclusion in policy and access to rights, services, and opportunities.
Diversity means valuing an individual's right to identify with race, colour, gender, age, religious belief, ethnicity, cultural background, marital or family status, economic circumstance, human capacity, expression of thought and sexual orientation as well as their experiences, skills and capabilities.
Diversity values, enriches and strengthens the contributions and rights of all communities. Diversity contribute to making more informed and targeted decisions and services, drawing on a wide range of ideas, cultures, experiences, and approaches.
We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to improve their life prospects and wellbeing but some of us face barriers to achieving this, due to such factors as discrimination, poverty, poor mental or physical health, family and cultural constraints, lack of skills, lack of awareness of options open to them. This motivated us to establish DLS, so that we can work to help BAMER people in in UK overcome these disadvantages and to ensure they have a voice. We also believe that increasing equality has a positive impact on society at large and that every member within it stands to gain from it.
DLS’s main services
- Providing advocacy, awareness and campaigning information about important issues to BAMER, including fighting disadvantage, prejudice, racism, discrimination and lack of access to rights.
- Providing general advice, referrals, training, guidance and information on a range of issues such as legal matters, housing, training, employment, education, health, social benefits, refugees’ rights and entitlements, etc
- Enabling the diverse marginalised BAMER and other migrants communities to be represented in decision-making, policy and consultations and forums to challenge discrimination and ensure their voice is heard.
- Providing opportunities for young people to receive support for their personal development and life prospects.
- Delivering community training opportunities to increases BAMER’s skills, knowledge, self-confidence, and motivation to solve the problems they are facing.
- Fighting against health inequalities by improving access to health services, knowledge and information in order to help BAMER communities to live healthier and longer.
DLS's Target Groups
|People who are sick or disabled||People with disabilities and complex needs and long term health conditions (including)|
|Lone and workless parents||Teenage mothers/pregnant young mothers|
|Older People||Young people excluded from school|
|Migrant Workers Carers (including young carers)||People with no or low educational qualifications and attainment|
|Homeless people||Offenders and substance mis-users|
|Young people with poor school attendance||Unemployed people and people experiencing financial hardship;|
|Children and young people who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse||People with poor educational or skills attainment;|
|People facing barriers to employment prospects||People with poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards).|
|People with ill health (physical or mental)||People living with substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs|
|People facing discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment||People facing cultural and religious barriers to access services.|
DLS's aims in relation to social inclusion
What is social inclusion?
Social inclusion is defined as the process of improving the terms of participation in society, particularly for people who are disadvantaged, through enhancing opportunities, access to resources, voice and respect for rights.
Social inclusion is concerned with reducing the inequalities between the least advantaged people and communities and the rest of society, by providing opportunities and support to all.
Social inclusion is about reducing inequalities between the least advantaged groups, neighbourhoods and communities and the rest of society, by closing the opportunity gap and ensuring that support reaches those who need it the most.
This involves ensuring that opportunities are available for all, through engagement and support, and by raising and realising people’s aspirations and expectations. The most common indicators relating to social inclusion are the English Indices of Deprivation, which combine information relating to income, employment, educational achievement, health, skills and training, crime and barriers to housing and services to produce an overall measure of deprivation.
|"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."
(UNDP Human Development Report 2004. Cultural Liberty in Today’s Diverse World).