Improving Cultural Awareness

Date: 15 February 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Online
Training & Events


To improve cross-cultural understanding leading to:

  • better communication
  • reduced fear of otherness
  • better ability to harness talent by increasing diversity and better ability to meet the needs of the most diverse group of people possible

Who is it for?

Trustees and others formulating strategy and those involved in recruitment and the delivering of front-line services in small and medium-sized voluntary groups

What will it cover?

There are 2 parts – what the individual needs to be aware of and what the organisation needs to be aware of.

1. The individual needs to understand the difference between custom, culture and faith and the trainer will explore how our background might act as an influence on our behaviour.

2. Organisations can build good practice by developing cultural awareness in recruitment, teamwork, decision making, showing initiative and ability for someone to progress within an organisation. The trainer will draw on her knowledge resulting from her involvement in reports such as Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector ACEVO et al (June 2020)

The workshop will be interactive, through group discussion and reflection. Participants will be encouraged to use their reflection and learning to develop an action plan. There will be a short break.


Ila Chandavarkar has substantial management and work experience in the voluntary and public sectors. She is a consultant and trainer whose previous roles include Head of Policy at the national Women’s Resource Centre, Chief Officer at MENTER, an East of England race equality network, and Voluntary Sector Support Manager at Cambridge City Council. Examples of previous training are cultural awareness for social workers and similar professionals, equality impact assessments and a series of workshops for the University of Cambridge on identity, empathy and resilience following the EU referendum. Ila has a strong commitment to promoting equality and is currently working with Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF). This training is part of a range of equality, diversity and inclusion training and advice from CECF.

Booking Details 

This workshop is free to members of CCVS and Hunts Forum. There is a cost of £40 for non-members – to join CCVS check out this link

By booking on this course you agree to the CCVS cancellation policy

Registration is usually limited to two bookings per member organisation please contact CCVS if more spaces are required. 

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