Diversity Voice is a registered charity in Somerset. We champion intercultural understanding and provide support and services to prevent marginalisation and work towards equality for all.
The charity was established in 2015 but draws on experience from 2008, when it was formed as an experience-led community group. Almost all of our team are multilingual and have experience of living and working in the UK as migrants.
Diversity Voice does not receive core funding and relies on income from project-led initiatives. We greatly appreciate all those who support our work.
A few (thousand) things we did in 2019/20
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Amy has been involved within the voluntary sector for over 23 years, primarily in the area of advice. Amy has been CEO of Citizens Advice Sedgemoor for 8 years and is also Interim CEO at Diversity Voice, both organisations providing a commitment to challenging injustice and delivering a quality service to clients.
Operations Manager: M-F 8.00-13.00
Anita brings 25 years’ experience to the role, with experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She leads on partnerships with other voluntary sector groups and is an OISC/1-registered advisor.
Anita is our mental health awareness champion, and has also completed CPD training in dementia awareness. Anita also has responsibility for safeguarding.
Operations Co-ordinator: M-F 9.00-17.00
Aneta brings 8 years’ experience to her role in which she looks after admin for our HPC impact mitigation project and is the first point of contact for our EUSS work, for which she is an OISC/1 immigration advisor. Aneta also looks after our social media.
Aneta is fluent in Polish and English and also knows Russian and German. She has a level 6 qualification in English Philology (linguistics), a level 7 qualification in English Philology (teaching methodology), and has certified English teacher and examiner status. She also has a Level 2 award in business administration.
Translation and Interpreting Specialist: Variable
Joanna is the lead interpreter for our work in Children’s Social Services.
Joanna has chartered teacher status in Poland, where she specialised in pedagogy and methodology for English teaching. Joanna has a level 7 qualification in French and holds the Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) award. She has also completed a level 2 award in autism awareness and a Level 3 certificate in community interpreting (Polish-English).
Joanna has lived in China, Poland and France. Her first language is Polish and she speaks fluent English and French, and also knows Russian and Italian.
Support Worker, EAL: M-Th 9.00-15.30
As well as 3 years’ prior experience working in Somerset’s schools and early years settings, Aneta brings a wealth of other knowledge to her role. She uses her skills to help children and parents to overcome language and cultural barriers.
Aneta speaks Polish, German, English and Spanish, and has lived in several European countries. She has a level 7 qualification in Mass Communication and History of Art.
Support Worker, EAL: M, T 09.00 – 15.30, W, 09.00 – 12.30, Th, 08.30 – 13.30
Beata has worked in education for 26 years and has experience teaching children of all ages. She now works in Somerset’s schools and early years settings to help parents and children overcome language and cultural difficulties.
Beata has level 7 qualifications in Early Years Education and in English Philology. She is fluent in Polish and English.
Support Worker, EAL: M, T, Th, F 9.00 – 15.30
Monika works in early years settings with children with EAL. She brings 10 years’ experience in education across all age groups, which includes notable experience working with children with special educational needs. Monika is also an interpreter for parents.
She is a level 3-qualified teaching assistant, and has completed level 4 in Makaton. She has a level 7 qualification in coaching. Monika is fluent in Polish and English.
Support Worker, EAL: M & T 9.00 – 15.30, W & Th 9.00 – 12.30
Magda is one of our schools and early years team, helping families to negotiate the UK school system and working with children in classrooms in the county. She brings 3 years’ prior experience in education settings.
Magda speaks English and Polish, and has an MA History, specialising in the history of United Kingdom and United States.
Support & Development Worker: M-F 09.00-17.00
Rosa works across Somerset with Portuguese speakers. Over her 20-year career she has gained experience in the UK and Portugal in healthcare environments, education settings and social work, in which she specialised in family welfare for women and children.
Rosa has lived in Portugal and São Tomé and Principe. She speaks Portuguese and English, and has a level 6 qualification in social work. She has also completed training in mental health awareness for children and adults.
Support & Development Worker: Variable hours
Nora brings 13 years’ experience, including management and compliance in the food industry (a key sector where migrants are employed), and in the local voluntary sectors. She also has valuable experience gained in international cultural exchange programme.
Nora is fluent in Bulgarian and English, and also speaks some Polish. She is a registered OISC 1 (EUSS) adviser. Nora has a level 6 qualification in English Philology and a level 7 qualification in strategic management.
Teacher/Training Co-ordinator: T, W 9.00-17.30
Sally works on our neighbourhood and workplace English language teaching projects for Sedgemoor Council and HPC. She also co-ordinates other training work. Sally has a wealth of experience in teaching English to children and adults in a wide range of language learning settings. She also brings notable experience from a prior career in international marketing.
Sally has lived and worked in Nigeria, Switzerland, Oman and the Netherlands. She speaks English and German and has a level 6 qualification in German, and level 7 qualifications in marketing and English language teaching for adults.