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Somers Town Community Association

Somers Town Community Association is a Charity dedicated to providing cohesive, inclusive and innovative services. They are a great organisation, who strongly support empowering their community. STCA aim to produce a meaningful and positive influence at every level of people’s lives and they value community in all its diversity and work vigorously to pursue these values.

Sarah Elie, Executive Director over at STCA, contacted Diversiti UK directly after we were recommended by a colleague who had attended another of our training sessions. SCTA wanted to develop participant awareness of the underpinning principles of the Equality Act, understanding the protected characteristics, prohibited conduct and the creation of an operational EDI implementation action plan.

Through an initial discussion with Sarah, we helped the organisation identify the specific requirements and outcomes they were seeking to address. This was then distilled into a proposal, which was sent to Sarah for consideration, changes were then agreed along with the dates and times of the training, the approach worked for Sarah as it allowed for flexibility of delivery, style and approach.

We delivered 2 workshops to the Somers Town team (approx. 12 delegates)

  • The first workshop covered awareness and practical application of the Equality Act and also identifying strategies to promote inclusive practice and challenge discrimination
  • The second workshop facilitated the development of the operational EDI implementation action plan, and enabled all delegates to have a voice in this development.

The training was open, engaging, honest, useful and fully prepared us as an organisation for the next steps in the creation of our EDI plan. I would 100% recommend this organisation to anyone looking for training around EDI

Mrs S Elie MBE, Executive Director, Somers Town Community Association

The team have reported a better understanding of the Equality Act, the protected characteristics and prohibited conducts, shared leaning, building an open and inclusive environment that fosters genuine and open interest.

Sarah told us how she will engage the team, through using their new knowledge to support the development of an inclusive EDI plan:

  • Using the improved knowledge developed within the sessions, the teams will now feed in their thoughts/ideas on how STCA can improve/engage/develop our understanding and approach.
  • This will then be pulled together into a draft EDI plan, which will go back out to the staff for their further input.
  • This draft will then be sent to the full board for their thoughts.
  • A redraft including the board’s comments will then go out to our partners for their input (We work with over 70+ organisations, who will be able to feed into the plan)
  • Partners comments will then be included in a redraft which will then come back to the staff

There is a clear timeline for the above, including a presentation to the board, sharing with partners and finalising and signing off the final draft through board approval.