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.

We were established in 2015 but draw on experience since 2008, when we were 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.

We are grateful to our amazing funders who make our work possible. 

DV is a small team of just under 7FTE staff, including 2.2FTE who work on a dedicated service contract for Somerset County Council.

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Our Team

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Anita Mosedale
Operations Manager:  M-F 8.00-13.00

Anita brings 25 years' experience to the role, including working in the statutory sector. She leads on partnerships with other voluntary sector groups for our HPC impact mitigation inititiative and is an OISC/1-registered advisor for the EU Settlement Scheme.  Anita is also and is also our mental health awareness champion.

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Aneta Prokop
Admin (Plus!):  M-F 9.00-17.30 

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. 

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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 for our SCC EAL work, and is an interpreter for our work in Children's Social Services.

Joanna has chartered teacher status in Poland, and specialised in pedagogy and methodology for English teaching. She's lived in China, Poland and France.  Her first language is Polish and she speaks fluent English and French, and also knows Russian and Italian. Joanna has a level 7 qualification in French and holds the Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) award.

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Karolina Sznajder
Support & Development Worker, Welfare Advice & EUSS: M-W 9.00-15.30. Th 10.00-12.00 

Karolina has strong links in local migrant communities and works on community engagement and welfare support in our HPC impact mitigation project.  She also works on our EUSS project and is an OISC/1 (EUSS) registered adviser.  Karolina has previous experience working in EAL support in early years settings and schools.

She is fluent in Polish and English and is also a community interpreter.

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Monika Bell
Support Worker, EAL:  M-Th 9.00-15.30

Monika has a background as a Polish school teacher, and works in early years settings on our work for SCC with children with EAL.  She has 3 years' experience supporting children learning English as a second language and works with parents as a community interpreter.

Monika is fluent in Polish and English and has a level 7 qualification in economics.

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

Monika works in early years settings on our EAL work for SCC.  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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Patrycja Guillemin
Support Worker, EAL: T-Th 9.00-16.30

Patrycja brings 2.5 years' experience to her role working with children with EAL in early years settings on our work for SCC. She also engages with parents to help them to overcome cross-cultural and linguistic barriers. Patrycja has experience from a prior career in HR.

Patrycja is fluent in Polish and English, and has a level 7 qualification rural tourism.

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Rosa Correia
Support & Development Worker: T-Th 9.00-17.30

Rosa works on our HPC impact mitigation project.  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.

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 Hong Kong, 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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Stefka Stoianova
Support and Developmnt Worker: M-Th 9.00 - 13.00

Stefka has 2 years' experience in welfare advice and support work, and is a registered OISC/1(EUSS) adviser.  She also works as a community interpreter. 

Stefka speaks Bulgarian, English, Greek, Serbian and Slovenian, and is learning Hebrew.   She has lived and worked in Bulgaria and Greece.

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Tanya Lawler
CEO: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.30

Our CEO has 35 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

8 things we're doing right now

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EUSS

Supporting individuals with applications to the EUSS
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Interpreting

Providing translations and interpreting for welfare case work
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EAL

Working in Somerset's schools and pre-schools with children who speak EAL
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English Clubs

Running neighbourhood English Clubs
- online just now
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Advice

Providing settlement and welfare advice and helping speakers of other languages through these difficult times with pandemic related support
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Events

Planning events and training for 2021
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Employers

Handling welfare referrals from employers and providing EUSS support for businesses
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Partnerships

Working with voluntary sector groups to help international migrants access services

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