How to Maintain Your Mental Wellbeing During the Covid-19 Lockdown

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This morning, my coffee machine broke. Disaster! But then I realised that, in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a coffee machine. There are other ways to make coffee.

Being confined in our homes means that life has shrunk down to what’s happening immediately around us. All those trivial things, like broken coffee machines, irritate or upset us more. Whereas the bigger picture is still going on outside. We need to gain perspective. Read More

A night to remember at the National Diversity Awards

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I was flabbergasted when I learned that I had been shortlisted for the 2019 National Diversity Awards (NDA). https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/

To be one of 124 nominees after a record number of nearly 30,000 people entered, is no small feat.

I had long been campaigning for disability rights after beating the odds to recover from a late diagnosis of HIV back in 2006.  I had been given just two weeks to live; this was a turning point in my life, to say the least.

It spurred me on to set up my own company, Luminate, as a Disability Development Consultant, to raise awareness of HIV and hidden disabilities.

I felt both delighted and humbled to have received a nomination for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability. Read More

October 2019: Treating people differently

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Did you know … that most oil rigs don’t’ have female toilets?

Do You Treat Everyone the Same?

Young, white and female?

My oil and petroleum client is an organisation that has been formed by the merger of three different companies, from three different countries. People have been brought together from all around Europe, from some very different cultures. They have different working styles and habits, which was making ‘buy in’ a challenge for the management. Read More

August 2019: Diversity Training

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Did you know … after one hour, people retain less than half of the information presented. After one day, people forget more than 70% of what was taught in training. After six days, people forget 75% of the information in their training.

Why You Shouldn’t Force People to Attend Diversity Training

You might be thinking that the title of this issue of Search Light is a little controversial – but if it caught your attention, then please do read on. I believe that everyone should attend and will benefit from attending diversity training. Problems arise when people are forced – by their manager or organisation in general – to attend the training. Read More

Roland Chesters

June 2019: HIV/AIDS Survey

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Did you know … in a recent survey, 21% of people asked said that they would no longer be friends with someone, if they found out that they had HIV/AIDS.

If one of your friends told you that they had HIV/AIDS, how would you respond? Would you distance yourself from them? In a survey that I commissioned towards the end of 2018, we learned that a shocking 21% of people asked, said that they would no longer be friends with someone, if they found out that they had HIV/AIDS. Read More

Retaining staff with disabilities

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Did you know … it can cost up to £30,000 to recruit a new member of staff in the UK, including the cost of loss recruiting and training a new employee and the loss of productivity while a replacement employee gets up to speed? It is believed that employees with disabilities will stay with you longer than most, helping you to reduce your recruitment costs. Read More