MOTW staff were recently invited to attend some free online diversity training with Muslim Psychologist, Community Worker and former Councillor Alyas Karmani. He’s the senior practitioner with Sharing Voices, a BAME Community mental health project based in Bradford and the Director of Diversity Project Ltd; a youth empowerment project which aims to unlock the potential of young people through values based education, human rights education and personal development and empowerment programmes. He was joined by the founder and trustee of the Islamic Diversity Centre, a charity setup in the North East to educate the public about Islam and Muslims, Abyu-Tayeb Khairdeen.
Together they delivered a ‘Safe Space’ interactive workshop over 3 two-hour sessions featuring topics such as ‘The mental health needs of the Muslim community’, ‘Overcoming mental health stigma in the Muslim community’ and ‘Challenges facing mental health in the Muslim community’ to name but a few.
Alyas and Abya-Tayeb talked passionately about the importance of being a person-centred worker, and how it’s crucial that people look at their unconscious bias and are aware of it. Our Navigators found the course a great refresher of their existing knowledge, care and understanding of equality and diversity and their feedback on the content and delivery was extremely positive.
It was very interesting, and it gave me an insight into the numbers of BAME individuals that do not access services as they feel excluded from them. It helped me to look at things from an individual level and reinforced the person-centred way of working.
Further workshops are being ran by the Islamic Diversity Centre on a regular basis – to express your interest and book a space simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org