A few (thousand) things we did  in 2019/20

About

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. 

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Our Team

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Tanya Lawler
CEO: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00

Our CEO has almost 35 years' years' experience in language learning and intercultural communication and, before her second career, marketing in the commercial and voluntary sectors. She has worked with migrant communities in Somerset since 2008.  

Tanya came to live in the UK as a child. She has lived in Quebec, Ukraine, Greece and France and has spent time in many far-flung corners of the world.  She speaks French, English, Greek and German.  She has a level 6 qualification in English and humanities, a level 7 qualification in applied linguistics, and a specialism in intercultural communication.  Tanya is also a qualified teacher of English as a second language for adults.  CIOF, NATECLA, SIETAR

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Anita Mosedale
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.

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Aneta Prokop
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. 

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Joanna Szmaj
Senior Support Worker, EAL: M-W 9.00-16.30

Joanna brings 22 years' experience to her role as lead for our work in education settings, and 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. 

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Aneta Skut
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. 
 

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Beata Igoe
Support Worker, EAL:  Variable

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. 

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Monika Jurgiel
Support Worker, EAL:  M, T, Th, F 9.00 -16.00 

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.

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Rosa Correia
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.  

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Nora Chishiranova
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.  

Sally Drew
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.

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Diversity Voice works in and around Somerset, UK.  We champion intercultural understanding and provide support and services to help work towards equality for all. 

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  • Bridgwater
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