Borders College

 Play #yourpart and help celebrate diversity in the Borders

Following on from the success of last year's first ever Scottish Borders Diversity Week, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, in partnership with local organisations, are hosting the week-long event for a second year, this year focusing on the theme of 'Belonging'.

Play #yourpart and help celebrate diversity

Running from 17-22 September 2018, the week-long programme will be filled with interesting, fun and interactive events for family, friends and colleagues to enjoy, finishing off with a Diversity Celebration and Exhibition which will take place at Borders College on the 22nd of September.

Community groups, youth groups and local primary and high schools are invited to take part in the Diversity Celebration and Exhibition event at Borders College by submitting a creative writing piece or performing on the day, conveying the theme of belonging and what it feels like to be part of a community.

Local organisations and community groups are invited to host individual events and promote Diversity Week, encouraging the Borders public to get involved.

Dr Tim Patterson, Joint Director of Public Health, said: "Diversity Week aims to encourage and empower our local communities to come together as one, learn from each other and value the diversity that already exists here in the Scottish Borders. We are looking for organisations to support the week by hosting events to raise awareness of diversity, culture and heritage in the Scottish Borders."

Councillor John Greenwell, SBC's Equalities Champion, said: "The Scottish Borders is an increasingly diverse community to live in and it is vital that all of our public bodies engage fully with the many minority groups living and working in the Scottish Borders. I am delighted that once again we are holding a diversity event supported by both the NHS and Council and I would urge local organisations and community groups to get involved and play their part in what I am sure will be a very successful week."

For more information including how to get involved contact Lizzie Ireland, Health Improvement Practitioner, on 01896 825970 or email lizzie.ireland@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Published: Thu 23rd Aug, 2018