Who we are and what we do
Diversity Resource International is a social enterprise set up in 2004 in Lewes to support people from migrant and culturally diverse communities to develop their skills and confidence.
DRI does this through offering subsidised, accredited training schemes such as Level 3 courses in community interpreting and leadership and management.
DRI also holds short vocational courses and workshops on topics such as acquiring skills for the workplace, support for business start-ups, and parenting in multi-cultural societies.
To date, DRI has run more than 40 community interpreting and bilingual advocacy courses and helped hundreds of local migrant and minority ethnic people make a living using their ethnicity and native language skills.
Our leadership and management course, meanwhile, is aimed at members of migrants and ethnic minority communities who dream of leading, managing, and growing their own small businesses or community organisations, or are just keen to move on to more senior roles.
Since it started in September 2019, the leadership course has attracted budding entrepreneurs from Syria, Iraq, Malaysia, the Philippines, Uganda, Palestine, India, Gambia and Sudan.
Building links within the BAME community
DRI also oversees an Eastbourne-based forum where the town’s diverse communities can raise issues that directly affect them.
The Eastbourne Cultural Involvement Group (ECIG), which was set up by Eastbourne Borough Council, meets four times a year. DRI has taken the lead in managing this forum and has also organised events that foster stronger relations with migrant and minority ethnic residents in the town.
They celebrate the wide range of culture on offer in our diverse communities. Guests at our most recent event (before the lockdown) for instance, were able to sample authentic dishes prepared by residents, browse through craft stalls and listen to music from local artists.
These occasions also serve as a means for agencies such as the NHS, East Sussex County Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, and Healthwatch to reach more BAME residents and help them access the public services they need.
How your donation can help BAME communities at this challenging time
Now, more than ever, black and minority ethnic communities need help.
The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME people has highlighted longstanding inequalities in health, housing, employment and incomes.
Your donation can go a long way in helping us continue to reach out to BAME communities and help them get the skills and confidence they need to build a better life in the UK.
It would mean that we could reduce our course fees even further (most of which are already heavily subsidised), to make sure more people who can benefit from them, are able to participate.
We would also be able to put on even more professional coaching and business mentoring schemes and workshops, drawing on the expertise and talents of our highly qualified trainers and tutors.
Additional funds would also enable us to help agencies reach more minority ethnic communities and ensure they get access to the public services they need, through our engagement events for example.
With your support, DRI can continue its mission to help migrants and BAME people thrive and flourish in our communities. Thank you for believing in us.