We offer the following training packages:

  • Training in Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising in South Asian Communities
  • Training in Culture and Faith Awareness in South Asian Communities

Contents of the Domestic Abuse Awareness session

The training package is bespoke and raises awareness of domestic abuse with a focus on South Asian communities. The learning objectives of the standard package are to give participants:

  • A good understanding of what domestic abuse is (including Coercive Control).
  • A better understanding of who the victims of domestic abuse are most likely to be.
  • An understanding of what honour-based abuse and forced marriage is.
  • An understanding of how the risks associated with domestic abuse are calculated and what can be done.
  • An awareness of the laws and legislations to protect victims including the role of the court.
  • An awareness of the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse.
  • Confidence to handle if someone was to disclose abuse to you.
  • Each organisation will be provided with a list of support services in their locality who could help victims of domestic abuse.

Contents of the Culture and Faith Awareness session

This full day training session is designed for anyone that wants to enhance and enrich their learning on how to interact well with people of different faiths and cultures.

Participants will increase their skills and develop awareness and humility of those from different cultures and faiths. It’s not about getting the right answers – instead the training focuses on building your ability to ask the right questions and see things from a different perspective.


The training will aim to raise awareness of the cultural norms and breakdown barriers to engagement in order to increase participation within minority ethnic communities.

As part of the training session, we can also initiate mini tours if your venue is near faith centres or places of worship. This helps to build and strengthen relationships in your own communities and provide the opportunity to engage in active learning. Additional areas of learning can be added on request.

More details of both training sessions are available in the downloadable PDFs.

Training in Culture and Faith Awareness in South Asian Communities Download

Training in Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising in South Asian Communities Download

Meet the trainers

Rehana Begum has been with Diversity Matters since 2009, developing and managing our community development, volunteering and Community Arts programmes. 

Rehana holds qualifications in Business Administration, Human Resources, Training and Coaching, Community Development, Community Interpreting.

Rehana is our Company Secretary and job shares the Chief Executive Officers role with Gemma.

Gemma Gaskell joined us in 2012, co-ordinating our Youth work programme, managing the Community Development Programme, and setting up and managing our Women Supporting Women Project.

Gemma holds qualifications in Psychology and Criminology, HR Management, Safeguarding, Enhanced Trauma Training, Community Development and Learning, and is a qualified Youth Worker and trainer.

Further details

Both training sessions last a full day (6 hours) including breaks and can be delivered at a venue of your choice.

The sessions are suitable for managers, front line staff, practitioners and anyone working – or wanting to work with the public – including volunteers.

The training packages are delivered at a cost of £1000 (incl. VAT) for up to 12 learners. Additional learners are charged at £90 each. Price includes pre-consultation, planning and preparation plus training materials and attendance certificates, which are issued upon successful completion of the training.

Booking and enquiries

Please contact Diversity Matters’ Chief Executive Officers, Rehana Begum or Gemma Gaskell:

0161 368 3268
rehana@diversitymattersnw.org.uk
gemma@diversitymattersnw.org.uk