Diverse Cymru Cultural Competence Scheme

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The inspirational work of six organisations who are making services fair and equitable for Black and Minority Ethnic people in Wales will be celebrated at the presentation event for the award winning Diverse Cymru Cultural Competence Certification Scheme.

Six organisations will have their commitment and hard work in developing cultural competent services for Black and Minority Ethnic people in Wales, celebrated at the annual Diverse Cymru Certificate Presentation Event on Thursday 20 October 2022, 10 am – 1 pm at Taff Housing Conference Suite.

First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS will be speaking virtually at the event. Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt MS, will also be attending the event and will say:

“Diverse Cymru’s mission is to eliminate discrimination and inequality which aligns closely with the Welsh Government’s commitment to create an anti-racist Wales by 2030, through our Anti-racist Wales Action Plan.”

“Diverse Cymru’s Cultural Competence [Certification] Scheme plays a vital part in helping meet the goals of our Anti-racist Wales Action Plan by ensuring ongoing action, ownership, accountability and sustainability in the development of progressing cultural competency in workplaces across Wales.”

The hybrid event (in person and virtual) is being co-hosted by Diverse Cymru and RCPsych Wales (Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales).

The workplace areas receiving awards are: BCUHB – Mental Health and Learning Disability Services – Learning Disability Therapeutic Support Service; CVUHB Memory Team; Mind Cymru; New Horizons Mental Health; Platfform; Public Health Wales, People and Organisational Development Department.

Suzanne Duval BEM, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mental Health & Dementia Manager (Policy) at Diverse Cymru said with regard to the multi-award winning Scheme that:

“Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people in Wales and the UK face inequalities that lead to poorer life chances in all areas of public life and organisations have a key part to play in overcoming this. We look forward to celebrating the progress of six of our Cultural Competence Scheme participants at the Certificate Presentation event, as workplaces that understand and appreciate cultural difference who will promote diversity, inclusion and belonging so that individuals of all backgrounds feel respected and valued. As a result, they will attract the best talent as employees and provide fair and equitable services for everyone.”

In addition to the First Minister, the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford, and Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt MS, other (virtual and in-person) speakers at the event will include Gaynor Legall, Dr Charles Willie – Diverse Cymru Certification Scheme Advisor; Chris Dunn – Diverse Cymru CEO, Anthony Wilkes – UKIED, Oliver John and Dr Maria Atkins – RCPsych Wales; Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna – Cardiff University; Patrick Vernon OBE; and Sanjeev Mahapatra – NHS Wales National Collaborative Commissioning Unit