Training day at Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture

Date published: 08 March 2018

A training day in understanding cultural diversity development was held at the Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture (CWTC).

Key speakers at the session included Co-Founder of Me and You Education, Irfan Chishti MBE, Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead of Strategy & System Development at GM Health and Social Care Partnership, Cultural Diversity CEO at CWTC, Mohammed Sarwar, and Ansar Fatima Shah, Equality & Diversity.

The session covered a variety of topics including the difference between diversity, culture, faith, prejudice and discrimination, identifying key characteristics as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, sharing cultural experiences, effects on mental health due to lack engagement and isolation.

Mr Sarwar, chief executive of CWTC, said: “Our society is increasingly diverse and there are sometimes pressing questions as to how we live together in one community.

“Each cultural group has unique strengths and perspectives that the larger community can benefit from.

"Rochdale Borough has always celebrated its cultural diversity and there are many ways we can improve our integration through, involving people in conversations and decision making, visiting cultural events, holding community events and workshops.

"I am grateful to all the speakers, particularly Warren Heppolette who took a break from his busy schedule to facilitate the sessions.

“We hope that we will continue to deliver similar session across Greater Manchester”.

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