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About Us

Diversity Matters was formed in 2001 by Pat Black and Andy Smith, motivated by their shared passion for a more inclusive world. Over the years we have helped developed alternative community based and locally rooted organisations.

Diversity Matters has now come to a natural end and we are keeping the site for the time being as a record of our work. A big thank you to all our friends, fans, partners and collaborators, thanks for making it a creative and expansive endeavour.

Andy and Pat and are now working separately. Andy is engaged in a series of projects and initiatives focussed on well-being and our connection to place, people and planet. Pat is semi-retired but has been working on food justice projects. Please contact us individually if you want to know more.

Our focus has always been to develop new ways of bringing together the potential gifts and contributions of all. We organise events and forums that bring different interest groups together in order to help organisations or communities change creatively and usefully.

The projects we develop are always evolving as we move more towards fostering inclusive practice within small scale local initiatives in Scotland.

We also work as facilitators or consultants on a wide range of national training and development projects bringing together different interest groups and encouraging partnerships.

We teach and run training courses on a wide range of issues like person-centred planning, community building, diversity, deep-democracy and facilitation.

How We Work

Good relationships are the key to how we work. We may bring together people who use services, workers and families in forums that aim for ‘right relationships’. We use an approach called “Deep Democracy”, which brings awareness to and values all viewpoints and experiences. We like to design from the bottom up and we have a track record in the  development of new services and organisations that keep the person and/ or their family at the centre and in-control. Self-directed Support can be innovative and there is already a lot of knowledge about how to make it happen well.

Our current focus is to develop new ways of bringing together the potential gifts and contributions of all.