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How to help the diverse communities in the UK?

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

The systemic ethnic disparities and inequalities in the UK call for socially competent policies that can incite real and lasting transformation. The reality is that the majority of the organization (also charity organizations) every so often shies away from this commitment as this seems extremely complicated, erratic, and cannot be easily performed from the comfort of an office. It is important to go out significantly more into these diverse communities to understand them more closely, engage with them and enhance the stakeholder base of organizations.

Engaging with ethnic minority community

At the moment, when the world is becoming increasingly more unified and interdependent, it is important to have a diversity strategy in place. A dynamic tactic adopted by organizations, directed and based on knowledge and specific information, can offer more value-based outcomes.

The central theme is that a pluralistic democracy needs to accommodate the entitlements, rights, and demands of a diverse population (ethnic minorities in the UK) as far as possible. This is not just an essential element of political wisdom but also has moral considerations. The way such a policy can be designed and implemented by an organization depends on the particular society as well as cultural framework settings.

Insights that are of importance in this context are presented below:

1. Acknowledgment of cultural diversity:

All democracies need to acknowledge diversity as social and political realism and agree that in pluralistic communities there are minority groups with claims to acknowledgment, rights, privileges, and resources that need to be addressed.

2. Necessity for compromise resolutions:

Every democracy needs to seek a suitable response to the demands of its minorities. Finding the middle ground between the majority of people and minorities is essential and unavoidable.

3. Significance of specific institutions:

For dealing with interest groups, it is essential to have particular institutions that respond to their claims. Such institutions need to have the highest possible autonomy, which can shield them from political provocation.

4. Significance of the judiciary:

Courts of law are of immense importance for the resolution of disagreements in dealing with claims of marginal people as they every so often have to find solutions as "institutions of last resort" that cannot be negotiated politically.

5. Visibility of minorities:

The recognition and acknowledgment of minorities also demonstrate themselves in their presence in the public sphere, in the mass media, in businesses, and in civil society establishments. That's why increasing the representation of interest group in public plus private institutions and organizations need to be promoted.

6. Targeted support measures:

The inclusion of interest groups often needs targeted measures and plans that provide material in addition to non-material support for underprivileged social groups. Some of the measures are elucidated in detail below:

  • Charity work

Charities can help in numerous and varied ways, however, the key means are by delivering direct help, offering information, or raising awareness regarding an issue. Charities need to raise the level of awareness of the interest group - and part of this task involves presenting the research, insights, and interpretation required to influence the matter. Charitable organizations can raise money for their cause through different fundraisers. There is an extensive range of dedicated fundraising roles in charities nowadays: community, corporate, direct marketing, events, inheritance, major donor, provincial, constitutional, and trust. For the Corporate Fundraising process, it is important to be comfortable in managing a whole range of the general public, including some very high profiles. Organizations need to work to produce high-value applications to the UK and/or international trusts and statutory funders and, produce documentation if necessary, to help with Fundraising.

- Housing:

From the perspective of life quality, the housing environment is said to have a serious influence on the life trajectory. Research studies show that housing inadequacy is one of the main links in the sequence chain that links social and economic shortcomings from childhood to mid-life. Moreover, inadequate or unhygienic living conditions can add to the spread of disease, which leads to health care costs, stops people from working, and hampers the well-being of community associates. The right to adequate and affordable housing is commonly disconnected from the right to life and primary human rights and is treated more like a policy objective than as a fundamental right that calls for well-timed rights-based responses and access to fairness and justice. Therefore, organizations can come forward to ensure that everyone can avail basic shelter and housing facilities. Such housing accommodations must be protected, adequate and affordable to the underprivileged section, and ensure adequate privacy.

- Financial help:

Organizations can do Crowdfunding as it can be a valuable alternative to government relief packages if immediate help is required. Financial assistance can also be provided to unemployed individuals as a relief. These organizations can also help them by meeting their short-term needs, for example, payment of utility bills, loan repayments, and paying groceries, rent, or other bills. Offering financial assistance to the interest group can help them solve their basic difficulties of living.

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