Diversity Matters North West is an award winning independent local charity working to combat health inequalities and social exclusion and to promote community cohesion in Tameside.
We are based at the Healthy Living Centre in Hyde, Tameside from where we host and co-ordinate regular activities and training for the local community, with the help of our volunteers.
Initially set up in 2007 as Hyde Community Action the charity expanded its remit in 2017 and became Diversity Matters North West. The charity grew out of the Asian Healthy Living Project which ran from 2003 to 2008.
In 2013 we received a Pride of Tameside award for our work with volunteers, and we were one of only 25 organisations nationally to receive new funding from the Government’s Volunteering fund.
Our Purpose Statement
Diversity Matters North West exists to challenge inequalities in health and well-being and to help people develop their potential and support each other.
We aim to:
- Tackle issues that impact on people’s health and well-being.
- Provide targeted support for disadvantaged and excluded groups.
- Promote improved community cohesion.
We try to empower the people we work with, individually and collectively, by encouraging them to build with confidence on the skills and knowledge that they already have.
We share the ideas and agenda of the localism – don’t do something for people they can do themselves.
We listen to the views of the people within the community we serve, being informed and led by their expressed needs.
We are sensitive towards their faith and culture, although we will not normally undertake work that is faith-specific.
We strive to be honest and transparent about our intentions, so it is easier for the people we work with, and for our partner agencies, to know where they stand with us.
We involve community members in decision making, volunteering, training and paid employment.