Equality and Diversity for Human Services

18/07/2022

Regardless of our backgrounds, we all deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Equality and diversity are important values that should be upheld in all aspects of society, including human services. By understanding equality and diversity, we can create a more inclusive world for everyone. 

In human services, equality is about providing the same opportunities and access to services for everyone. This includes things like making sure that services are available in different languages so that people from all backgrounds can access them. Diversity is about recognising and celebrating the differences between people. It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. 

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MA Community Development and Youth Studies Course Highlights 

- Our students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds; giving you a better understanding of equality and diversity between races  
- We promote research and critical enquiry 
- We have excellent links with over 70 partners and external agencies  

Let’s delve deeper into the role of equality and diversity of human services in the community and how an MA Community Development and Youth Studies degree at the University of Bolton can help you understand the importance of it. 

Why is Equality Important in Human Services? 

Equality is important because it ensures that everyone has the same opportunity to access services and participate in society. Everyone should feel like they belong, regardless of their background or identity. When we create an equal society, we create a happier and healthier community for everyone. 

For example, let’s say there’s a community centre that offers yoga classes but only in English. This means that people who don’t speak English won’t be able to participate. If we want to create an equal society, we need to make sure that everyone has the same opportunity to access services. This might mean offering yoga classes in different languages or providing translation services. 

Sometimes, people from certain groups might need extra support to access services. For example, parents might need childcare so they can attend a health clinic appointment. Or someone who’s living with a disability might need transport assistance so they can get to a job interview. By offering additional support, we can help ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society. 

Why is Diversity Important? 

Diversity is about recognising and valuing the differences between people. We all have different backgrounds, experiences, cultures, identities, abilities, and beliefs. And when we come together, we can create a richer tapestry of life experiences. 

Diversity is important because it makes our communities stronger and more vibrant. It helps us understand and respect others, even if they seem different from us at first glance. And when we celebrate diversity, we send a powerful message of inclusion to everyone around us; including those who might not feel like they belong. 

For example, let’s say you are part of a community group that’s planning a festival. You want to make sure that the festival reflects the diversity of your community, so everyone feels welcome. You might include foods from different cultures, have performances from local artists representing different genres, and host workshops on topics like sustainable living or financial literacy. By offering a range of activities, you can create an event that celebrating diversity and helps everyone feel like they belong. 

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MA Community Development and Youth Studies at the University of Bolton 

If you are looking to expand your professional knowledge in a rewarding industry that will help you make a positive impact to the lives of people in your industry, then an MA Community Development and Youth Studies degree at the Bolton University could be a great investment for your future. 
 
As a university with over 60 different nationalities on-campus, we are well-equipped to provide a well-rounded, accredited master’s programme. By offering a specific module dedicated to the equality and diversity for human services, this means that our students gain an in-depth understanding of societal factors such as personal and social identity, age, gender and society, disability, voice, and citizenship, and race, ethnicity and class, to name a few. 
 
The growing social and economic challenges that young people are facing means that there’s never been a greater need for highly trained, passionate, and creative professionals in the community and youth work sector. This means that if you’re a community and youth work graduate, there’s never been a better time to further your knowledge with a master’s degree. And by gaining this qualification at Bolton University, we will prepare you to become a future leader; ready for a life-changing career with responsibilities such as challenging discrimination and oppression through informal social inclusion. 

Ready to take your next step in a rewarding career? Find out how to apply with our community and youth studies master’s degree by looking at our full course details.  
 

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