Diabetes UK gets diversity team

Diabetes UK has invested £200,000 in a new diversity team to tackle the high rate of diabetes in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The organisation claims to be the first charity to have appointed a team specifically to address the needs of these communities.

Jenne Dixit, equality and diversity manager at the charity, will lead four diverse communities officers, who will each cover a separate part of the country.

"The BAME population is up to six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes," said Dixit.

She said it was common for charities to appoint individual equality and diversity officers but that she did not know of any that had appointed an entire team.

Her team will build relationships with diabetics and health professionals to help raise the profile of the charity and the illness.

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