Student campaign to ‘name and shame’ schools without diversity

Student campaign to ‘name and shame’ schools without diversity A group of drama students has set up a campaign to address the lack of diversity in UK drama schools. The Diversity School Initiative aims to hold schools accountable for their decisions concerning diversity and seeks to support students who feel under-represented. It will also lobby drama schools to develop more … Read More

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed A new report into life for disabled people across Great Britain by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has highlighted a decrease in the amount of wheelchair adapted local authority housing in Scotland. According to the report, up to 17,000 Scottish wheelchair users (15% of all wheelchair users in Scotland) are now inadequately housed … Read More

LGBT rights group wants UK passports to include gender neutral ‘X’

LGBT rights group wants UK passports to include gender neutral ‘X’ British passports should allow people who do not identify as male or female to define themselves as gender neutral ‘X,’ an LGBT rights group says. Stonewall has warned many people who define themselves as transgender in the UK are “afraid to travel abroad” because they fear intrusive questions or … Read More

Politicians urged to take a tougher stance on workplace racism

Politicians urged to take a tougher stance on workplace racism A recent survey carried out by researchers at The University of Manchester suggests that workplace racism is still a major issue. According to the survey of 25,000 UK workers, ethnic minority workers are frequently subjected to racism by their colleagues, managers and service users. At the same time, says the … Read More

Women’s History Month: We Celebrate Miranda Brawn

Women’s History Month: We Celebrate Miranda Brawn This month, we join millions around the world in celebrating Women’s History Month by speaking with award-winning diversity champion Miranda Brawn THE IMPRESSIVE calibre of Miranda Brawn’s CV places her among the highest-achieving women covered by ‘The Voice’ during Women’s History Month this year. A background in investment banking and law stood award-winning … Read More

SALFORD MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP THAT FOUGHT MAYOR NOW RECEIVES COUNCIL VISIT

THE USUC GROUP NOW NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL COMMUNITY AWARD Five years ago the United Service Users Committee, or USUC, fought a massive campaign against cuts to mental health well-being drop-ins by Salford City Council and the former City Mayor, Ian Stewart. This week, the Ceremonial Mayor and councillors dropped in to the group’s centre in Eccles to see the great work … Read More

Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide, says WHO study

Report a ‘wake-up call’ for countries to rethink approaches to mental health, says agency, revealing that cases have grown by almost 20% in a decade Cases of depression have ballooned almost 20% in a decade, making the debilitating disorder the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. By 2015, the number of people globally living with … Read More

Boost for 1,000 people with learning disability or autism

Boost for 1,000 people with learning disability or autism About 1,000 young people with a learning disability or autism are to be offered paid work placements as part of a £10m project. Engage to change will help those taking part with one-on-one job coaching, job matching and interview training. It is hoped it will help to increase people’s confidence and independence. … Read More

Charities call for better care for LGBT people with dementia

Charities call for better care for LGBT people with dementia More research, partnerships and training for health and care professionals is needed to ensure LGBT people with dementia receive appropriate care, according to a new report by the government-backed strategic partner programme (SPP). The report is the result of a three-year project developed to explore how care professionals can provide … Read More

Gender-neutral emoji approved for 2017

Gender-neutral emoji approved for 2017 Emoji could soon come in male, female and gender-neutral variations after a third gender option for the cartoon icons was approved. The final list for 2017’s new emoji, released on Monday night, include options for gender-neutral versions of the child, adult and older person characters. Emoji have become much more diverse in recent years, with greater representation for … Read More