Somerset Diverse Communities

Somerset Diverse Communities (SDC) works with and supports minority ethnic communities across Somerset.

If you are part of a community group, would like to start one, or need help expanding the work you’re already doing – or for anything else – contact our team!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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See our FREE webinar recently aimed at employers, those who oversee the recruitment and retention of staff and anyone who would like to improve their knowledge and understanding of creating an environment that promotes racial diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Topics covered:

  • Use of terminology around race
  • Representation, Recruitment and Retention of an Ethnically Diverse Workforce 
  • Mental Health, Allyship and Supporting Colleagues from Ethnically Diverse Communities 
  • Beta Blockers for Bias- How to recognise and challenge your own biases
  • Faith and Beliefs in the Workplace
  • The British Army and Racial Diversity and Inclusion
  • Racial Discrimination in the workplace- Legal framework, Policies and Good Practice

OUR FIRST NEWSLETTER IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Welcome to the first Somerset Diverse Communities Newsletter!

We share and celebrate Somerset’s diverse cultures and communities.

In this issue, we introduce; local groups, events, training, and funding opportunities and shine a spotlight on a local person.

Happy reading!

SMALL GRANT FUND IS NOW CLOSED!

SDC Small Grant Fund.

NEW Interfaith & Belief Network

Join the new Interfaith & Belief Network, which will:

  • promote good relations, respect, awareness and dialogue between diverse groups across the county.
  • encourage, support and organise interfaith events, shared projects and community activities.
  • provide training opportunities
  • build partnerships and promote the interests and concerns of faith and belief communities.
  • provide extra support to those from minority belief and faith groups, who have less access to culturally and religiously appropriate services.
  • reach across Somerset faith and belief communities as far as possible and break down barriers of rural isolation.
Click here for more information & sign up to the Network

New Health Inequalities

We want to improve Somerset’s health care service for our ethnic diverse communities.

Working with Somerset’s diverse community and health/social care providers we want to improve their support and services. Addressing inequalities in both access and care for patients and professionals.

Our health is vital in every part of our lives, so it is important that we get the best experience and treatment available no matter where we are from or who we work for.

Read more here

NEW Somerset Welcome Pack

If you have just arrived in Somerset download our Somerset Welcome pack.

A complete guide of local information covering:

  • Healthcare
  • Education & schools
  • Housing
  • Benefits, employment, money and debt
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and language support
  • Religion
  • Social events and activities
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • International foods shops
  • General information and useful links
Download

Points-based immigration system

From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system.

The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work.

The campaign, which has been translated across 26 EU languages, kicked off on 11 November across most countries and channels and will continue into December, with a second phase planned for January to March 2021.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the translations link

Know your rights guide & resources

A guide to help migrants understand their rights and how to assert them covering topics:

  • Banking
  • Digital rights
  • Driving
  • Employment
  • Exploitation
  • Hate crime
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Social Services
  • Glossary
  • Translations
Click here

Hate Crime support & information

Stand against racism and inequality (SARI) provides free and confidential support for anyone who is a victim of hate crime.

SARI have created a series of recourses to support anyone who witnessed or been a victim’s of a hate crime.

If you need to get in touch with other local councils, charities, organisations, police or government bodies SARI have them all on there website.

Visit: www.sariweb.org.uk

Download SARI’s Somerset’s Hate Crime leaflet here

Somerset Diverse Communities’ Films

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