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Now booking - celebrate equality, diversity and human rights with our Trust

Published: 10/05/2017

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017 is taking place between Monday 15 May and Friday 19 May, with an aim to raise awareness of equality, diversity and human rights issues in the NHS, and also to highlight what the NHS is doing well in relation to these issues. To celebrate the week and to help contribute towards its cause, our Trust is running a variety of exciting workshops, open to the public and our service users and staff.

This is the sixth Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, coordinated by NHS Employers. As the largest employer in Europe with over 1.3million staff, the NHS intends to remain at the forefront of the inclusion and fairness agenda for both its service users and staff.

The workshops hosted by the Trust aim to develop participants’ knowledge of issues relating to equality, diversity and human rights, while also enabling them to promote understanding of these issues within their communities.

Please take a look at the events below, and if you would like to attend any please get in touch with Caroline Mitcham, Project Support Officer (email caroline.mitcham@bsmhft.nhs.uk, or call 0121 301 1067).

Please also keep an eye out on our Twitter (@bsmhft) for more updates about the week in our Trust, and use the hashtag #EQW2017 to find out more about the week across the NHS. 

Date/Time Workshop   Information  Location
Monday 15 May, 1pm-4:30pm  Transgender Awareness Workshop
In recognition of International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, this workshop will help participants to understand the difficulties facing those who are trans and gender non-conforming, while helping participants to be able to help tackle prejudice and promote understanding within the workplace and community. Teignmouth Room, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY
Tuesday 16 May, 10am-4pm All day Marketplace This will feature a range of stalls from various organisations focused around equality diversity and human rights, for example one stall looks at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation and how to protect vulnerable children.  Main Hall, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY 
Tuesday 16 May, 10am-12pm  FGM Workshop  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the deliberate mutilation of the female genitalia, is recognised globally as a violation of human rights of girls and women. Join us to learn about the prevalence and impact of FGM, why it is practice and the current legislation and national campaigns that exist in the UK to prevent this horrendous practice from occurring.   Teignmouth Room, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY 
Tuesday 16 May, 2pm-4pm  Forced Marriage Workshop  Forced marriage is a marriage where one or both parties are married without their consent or against their will. This is different from an arranged marriage. Knowing the signs to look out for in individuals can save lives, and this workshop will teach you about forced marriage practice, the law surrounding it and where to seek further help.  Sidmouth Room, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY 
Thursday 18 May, 12pm-2pm  “In Conversation with Stephen Frost”  A presentation by Stephen Frost, a globally recognised diversity, inclusion and leadership expert, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share comments and observations.  Niskham Centre, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth, B21 9BH 
Thursday 18 May, 1pm-2pm  “Spirituality – Hope In Recovery” Seminar  This fun, interactive seminar offers the chance to think about how spirituality in its broadest sense is an important part of hope in recovery.  There will be a diverse range of activities that help us to express our spirituality, whether that’s to do with a faith or related to things like culture, music, art, poetry, nature and so much more.  Plymouth Room, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY 
Friday 19 May, 10am-12pm  Forced Marriage Workshop   A workshop looking at the issues around forced marriage – a repeat of Tuesday’s workshop for those who are unable to attend.  Sidmouth Room, Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Mosely, Birmingham, B13 8QY