Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy
What is Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy?
Yellow Door's Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy (DIA) Service works to address barriers, improve access and promote equality and inclusion by working with those who may be marginalised or disadvantaged due to language, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, faith, mental health, culture or other issues. We work with the diverse needs of minority groups affected by, or at risk of domestic and sexual abuse (DSA) in Southampton and surrounding areas.
DIA offers tailored advocacy support and raises awareness of DSA issues in our local communities. We work with both male and females aged 11+ who have been affected by or are at risk of DSA, targeting those from BAMER communities, LGBT(Q), religious/cultural groups, people with learning/physical disabilities or those with additional needs. We provide:
1:1 advocacy and person centred planning
Tailored support & awareness sessions among historically marginalised & disadvantaged individuals, groups & communities
Help with accessing DSA & other support services
Awareness, training and support with culture related issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage (FM), Breast Ironing & Honour Based Abuse (HBA)
Education & Training on healthy relationships & keeping safe.
"After talking with an adviser I could see things clearly and they helped me to make the right decisions."
"They did not assume how I feel, they let me talk."
How can an advocate help me?
Advocacy is about listening to you and helping you to speak up about your views, wishes, choices and rights.
An advocate can meet with you and listen to what you want. They will agree a plan with you based on what you want to happen. From this, the advocate can support you to achieve your goals.
The way that an advocate helps is different for everyone. Some examples of how they might help are: to attend meetings with you to help you understand what is being said, to make decisions about your life, helping to get access to the support you need, or to help you make your feelings known and heard to others.
Talk about your needs and your wishes
Get help to make a plan
Be supported to achieve your goals
Southampton African Women's Alliance (SAWA)
The SAWA group is a safe space for women to celebrate diversity and culture.
SAWA is a group for African women from Southampton & surrounding areas who come together to connect, inspire & empower each other by:
Learning & sharing information on various issues
Meeting new people & making friends
Sharing & learning about different cultures, food, dress & other practices
If you are interested &/or would like more information, please contact: Caroline or Sujala: 023 8063 6312 / Mobile: 075 5798 2856 – text or leave a message
At Yellow Door we work very hard to ensure all people in our community are aware of what services we have and are safe from harm.
Here is a message from the DIA team. If you need any information or need help, please get in touch.
Yellow Door Domestic Abuse Interview
Victoria, our Domestic Abuse Team Leader and Sujala, our Harmful Cultural Practices Advocate were on Awaaz radio discussing domestic violence. Please listen here.
How do I refer?
You are welcome to refer yourself to access support from the Diversity & Inclusion team at any time. They will get in touch with you as soon as possible.