Call for charities to take part in diversity management study

Groups will discuss practical difficulties

Equality and social justice charities and sector infrastructure groups are being invited to take part in a series of ‘learning groups' on diversity management that will form part of a research paper to be presented at an NCVO conference next year.

The groups will allow charities' project managers to discuss the practical difficulties they face when managing diverse workforces.

Christina Schwabenland, who is working on the research at London Metropolitan University, said: "We have found that one of the key arguments of the business case - that organisations with more a diverse workforce can respond more flexibly and creatively - is particularly relevant to the voluntary sector, especially when an organisation's mission and its diversity goals coincide."

She added: "But when there are differences between what staff want and what service-users need, or disagreements between staff representing different diversity strands, then conventional ideas about good practice do not always provide the answers.

"The learning groups bring people together in a setting where they can share ideas, learn from each other and work together to develop new insights."

The learning groups will take place once a month between November and May. Charities interested in taking part should contact c.schwabenland@londonmet.ac.uk.

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