9th February 2004




Business and community leaders will be in the spotlight next month when they take part in a new scheme using theatre to promote equality and diversity.


The University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire Police and the Learning and Skills Council have joined forces with the Garnett Foundation to use theatre as a means of promoting equality and diversity.


The ‘Challenge for Lincolnshire’ project will provide people and organisations with training on how to tackle discrimination and further embrace diversity in the community and the workplace.


The Garnett Foundation uses drama and other imaginative ways to help people learn, discuss and develop positive behaviour at work.


The ten-day event will be held at the University of Lincoln from the start of next month (March). 


Over a hundred business and community leaders have been invited to a special VIP launch at the university on 2nd March.


Other organisations involved include Lincolnshire County Council, RAF Cranwell and Bishop Grosseteste College.


“We live in the 21st century - out goes the flip chart and in come new innovative training methods,” said Rakesh Chandar-Nair, Equality and Diversity Adviser at the university.


“In view of the ever-changing demographics the ‘Challenge for Lincolnshire’ project is our attempt to engage more effectively with the community and to promote equal treatment and non-discriminatory practices.


“This type of training programme has never been tried before in the county and is the first phase in a long-term plan for promoting equality and diversity in Lincolnshire.”


The event will be held at the University of Lincoln Sports Centre, Brayford Pool campus between 1st March and 12th March 2004.


For further details or to book a place contact Maureen Bound, Conference Officer on 01522 886407 or email mbound@lincoln.ac.uk

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