Charles is newly elected BAME network chair
Congratulations to Charles Dewa from our integrated sexual health services who has been elected as the chair of the BAME network at DCHS.
Charles kindly filled in this five minute Q&Ato tell us about himself, his new role and hopes for the future.
Five minutes with Charles Dewa – newly elected Chair of our BAME network
Q. Tell us about your involvement in the BAME network?
A. In October 2019 I started work for our Integrated Sexual Health Services as a sexual health promotion practitioner for BAME communities (non-clinical). This is a position that will enable me to link with BAME communities and be able to address their grassroots issues, in order to influence policies for DCHS to change for the better.
The network, in my understanding, is to influence policies within DCHS, highlighting diversity issues and addressing all other inequalities underlying within the organisation.
As Chair of the network, through being voted into this position, I will work hard to ensure that the reputation of this network is not only to rubber stamp the status quo, but influence changes that are tangible for our coming generation. I joined the BAME network soon after my induction, since I am passionate to make a difference.
Q. Tell us a bit more about your background?
I have these qualifications:
MA in Public Health, Nottingham Trent University
BA in Human Services, Nottingham Trent University
Diploma in Community Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University
Diploma in Agriculture, Zimbabwe.
I have worked as senior health promotion specialist in Nottingham for four years with Terrence Higgins Trust, representing all BAME Communities on HIV/AIDS issues. I also worked for Sherwood Forest Hospitals as a sexual health advisor for a few months before joining DCHS. Before that, I worked for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust as a senior health promotion practitioner for four years within the Healthy Schools project.
Besides, I am very passionate about BAME issues and being an ambassador to represent BAME people at any level, bravely arguing for equality and diversity to be recognised.
In between my ambitious academic attainments over the years in the UK, I have gained my bravery through working as a community protection officer with Nottinghamshire Police and Council for six years, representing the state in magistrate courts. I am highly skilled in evidence and record keeping.
Before immigrating to the UK 20 years ago, I worked as an agriculture teacher in both Zimbabwe and Botswana, which taught me skills in understanding equality and diversity issues.
Q. What difference do you feel you can make to the BAME network and promoting the work of the network?
A. I believe it is important to address issues in a very diplomatic and sensitive way, making sure we avoid the blame culture which will distort the truth and yields nothing at the end.
Together with the other BAME professionals, I will encourage that we simplify policies and understand them before we set up our grievances. Diversity of thought is crucial in developing DCHS; we will record our accomplishments and celebrate our achievements and map the future.
Of course, both DCHS and BAME recipients must benefit from the change. The balance has to be recognised by both parties, through skills and personal development of our members, so they demonstrate their potential.
We will network with other BAME networks around the region to reflect and learn from each other.
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us Charles as you take up the Chair of the BAME network and congratulations on being elected to the role. Please keep us posted!