Global Diversity is a charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Digital technology and community action are at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to deliver social inclusion programmes powered by digital by focussing on the issues that make a difference.
Our projects will be around digital inclusion, working with partners to design new health interventions and researching the best ways to combat financial inequality and run digital literacy programmes.
Founder member Sharon Jandu is a serving West Yorkshire Magistrate, she was also a mentor for young people on the Prince’s Trust rehabilitation programmes.
Based on her experiences of the criminal justice system and her interactions with young people on the Princes Trust rehabilitation programme, in 2014 she decided to set up a small project which would provide support, guidance, functional and employability skills for young people who were NEETs (not in education employment or training).
A successful application to The Big Lottery enabled the project to be based at the Ray Street Enterprise centre in Deighton Huddersfield.
An outreach worker was employed drawing young people to various functional skills, confidence building and employability programmes. To encourage young people to attend the programmes through the Big Lottery a multi -media studio was purchased, this proved successful in attracting young people onto the programmes.
It is our belief that digital can help solve social challenges.
Transition from a project to a registered Charity
How We Got Started
In 2015, the project transitioned from a small project to a registered charity mainly because of the:
- Problems and challenges in the area, please see coverage below:
- Volume of referrals from other agencies
- Lack of provision for young people
- Withdrawal for community support and provision for families and care leavers
- Gap between disadvantaged and the most vulnerable gaining access to training, education, employment opportunities
A Reliable Partner
Global Diversity has become a trusted place for any segment of the community and a reliable partner for the public sector, business community and professional intermediaries
In December 2016, Global Diversity moved from Ray Street Enterprise Centre in Deighton and relocated to a city centre location offering services and facilities for all segments of the community.
On site was:
Community Café, supported by professionals who use the space for meetings and lunches so that proceeds can be used to help the most deprived and homeless
- Community kitchen where all the meals, cakes, snacks and drinks are freshly made and healthy
- Community meeting area for public services to host workshops, drop-in provision and 121 sessions for their service users, we have found this has become very popular for:
- Calderdale & Kirklees Service for their vulnerable young people who are very challenged maybe have mental health issues, lack confidence
- Youth Offending team for group work with children coming to the end of their community order
- Kirklees Safe guarding team who run a drop in for parents who need support
- Children’s Services running workshops for care leavers and a youth club every Friday evening
- The Police who want to do follow up interviews with young people away from a Police environment
- Training room where we run employability workshops, digital skills training, health and well-being programmes and the space is also available for hire to organisations who want to run meetings, training or workshops
- In the basement is the Multi-media Production studio