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A Guide to Discrimination
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Copy of our events planner this guide gives you some of the key diversity dates and awareness days for 2019.

Podcast, News & Blog

Richard has taken part in a number of interviews for both the UK and international press. A selection of press articles are featured below.

 

If you are interested in the latest episodes of our podcast, they can be found on Spotify, here on our site or on Soundcloud. A Diverse Life is a co-production between Workplace Diversity Solutions and Face Up Theatre.

 

 

If you would like to interview Richard or learn more about his expertise then please get in touch.

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A Diverse Life Podcast Adverse Childhood Experiences

A Diverse Life Podcast Adverse Childhood Experiences

11 Jul 19 - In this week's episode of our weekly podcast, A Diverse Life, we explore Adverse Childhood Experience Scores and pose the question, does this kind of approach really work?

 
Madeleine Black Podcast Interview

Madeleine Black Podcast Interview

3 Jul 19 - In this week's episode of our weekly podcast, A Diverse Life, we interview Madeleine Black about her experience of surviving sexual violence

 
Prison Food Podcast

Prison Food Podcast

29 Jun 19 - In this weeks episode of A Diverse Life, we explore the history of prison food and how theatre is used to support people in prison.

 
A Diverse Life Podcast-Exploring ADHD

A Diverse Life Podcast-Exploring ADHD

19 Jun 19 - In this weeks podcast from A Diverse Life, Ian talks to Henry Field about his experience of receiving a diagnosis for ADHD

 
ADHD -A personal Story

ADHD -A personal Story

19 Jun 19 - Imagine living your whole life and not knowing that you had ADHD. Do we do enough to talk about ADHD, what is mental health all about. In this personal story we hear one man's experience of not being diagnosed with ADHD until the age of 28.

 
Awkward Disability Questions

Awkward Disability Questions

13 Jun 19 - In this episode of A Diverse Life we explore some of the awkward questions people ask about disability. We also have some free resources that are available to our listeners.

 
A Diverse Life Podcast Episode 5

A Diverse Life Podcast Episode 5

5 Jun 19 - In this weeks podcast we explore the prison service and how we support people who have left the prison service. Ian Pringle talks to us about his experience of working with people in Prison

 
A Diverse Life Podcast Episode 4

A Diverse Life Podcast Episode 4

31 May 19 - During this weeks podcast we are joined by leading Principal Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Carmen Morris. Carmen is also the CEO of Kenroi Consulting.

 
A Diverse Life Podcast

A Diverse Life Podcast

21 May 19 - Listen to episode 3 of a Diverse Life-Our podcast.

 
A Diverse Life Podcast

A Diverse Life Podcast

10 May 19 - In this 2nd episode of the Diverse Life Podcast we explore how to educate children about disabilities. Do people still feel awkward around disability?

 
Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week

Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week

7 May 19 - During Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness week, Our Managing Director shares a personal experience.

 
Workplace Diversity Podcast

Workplace Diversity Podcast

2 May 19 - Workplace Diversity Solutions Launches Podcast

 
Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership -Evolving Workplaces

Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership -Evolving Workplaces

18 Apr 19 - Earlier this year the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership launched a commitment to explore diversity and inclusion within the energy and utilities sector. Read this article to find out more and to consider the issue of an evolving workplace.

 
Workplace Diversity Solutions Expands Team

Workplace Diversity Solutions Expands Team

2 Apr 19 - Workplace Diversity Solutions have expanded our team to offer an even larger range of learning solutions to businesses across the UK.

 
 

Autism Awareness

26 Mar 19 - Understanding that disabilities are not always visible is an important aspect to considering diversity and inclusion. We have provided some additional information here.

 
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Inclusive Service Panel

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Inclusive Service Panel

18 Mar 19 - Richard Shakespeare has been comissioned to support Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks with their inclusive service panels. These panels will look at how to support the consumer vulnerability stragegy within SSEN.

 
Richard Shakespeare Nominated for National Diversity Award

Richard Shakespeare Nominated for National Diversity Award

13 Mar 19 - Richard Shakespeare has been nominated for the Positive Disability Role Model Award at the 2019 National Diversity Awards.

 
Selecting a Diversity & Inclusion Partner

Selecting a Diversity & Inclusion Partner

12 Mar 19 - Hear my thoughts on how to select a diversity and inclusion expert.

 
Workplace Diversity Solutions deliver for NHS

Workplace Diversity Solutions deliver for NHS

8 Mar 19 - Workplace Diversity Solutions have completed their first day of work for the NHS.

 
Video Testimonial for Workplace Diversity Solutions

Video Testimonial for Workplace Diversity Solutions

3 Mar 19 - Rob Brown gives us a video testimonial

 
Diversity & Inclusion e-learning

Diversity & Inclusion e-learning

27 Feb 19 - Workplace Diversity Solutions have launched a market leading range of e-learning courses. Using the latest technology we can now offer online courses to clients across the UK.

 
Eurostar Testimonial

Eurostar Testimonial

25 Feb 19 - A video testimonial for Workplace Diversity Solutions

 
Ibis Hotels Richard Shakespeare

Ibis Hotels Richard Shakespeare

24 Feb 19 - Richard Shakespeare is interviewed by the BBC following a stay at the Ibis Hotel Reading

 
Love Business Expo

Love Business Expo

1 Jan 19 - Richard Shakespeare is to be a keynote speaker at Love Business Expo 2019

 
Workplace Diversity E Learning

Workplace Diversity E Learning

1 Dec 18 - Workplace Diversity Solutions Expands

 
French Chamber of Great Britain -INFO Magazine

French Chamber of Great Britain -INFO Magazine

24 Sep 18 - Richard Shakespeare has been featured in the bi-monthly magazine produced by the French Chamber of Great Britain.

 
Tips for Students with a Disability

Tips for Students with a Disability

24 Sep 18 - University Life for Students with a Disability Deciding if university is for you is not an easy decision for anyone…It can be particularly difficult if you have a disability.

 
Disability Awareness - Common Sense Approach

Disability Awareness - Common Sense Approach

24 Sep 18 - One of the things I often get asked as a Disability Consultant is how do we engage with and support individuals with a disability?

 
How Can we Support Consumers with a Disability?

How Can we Support Consumers with a Disability?

24 Sep 18 - Research suggests that consumers with a disability spend in excess of £80 billion in our economy and that for the average business consumers with a disability may represent up to 20% of their customer base.

 
Why are we talking about Diversity?

Why are we talking about Diversity?

24 Sep 18 - On any given day you will be able to find something somewhere in the media about the topic of diversity and inclusion.

 
Why Blended Learning Works

Why Blended Learning Works

24 Sep 18 - The world of training and development has changed considerably over the last 20 years. If you want to maximise your return on investment for training and development you need to use the right approach.

 
Supporting Passengers with a Disability

Supporting Passengers with a Disability

24 Sep 18 - I recently had the pleasure of visiting Nottingham Train Station on behalf of East Midlands Trains.

 
Disclosing a Disability

Disclosing a Disability

24 Sep 18 - Looking for work can often be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster.There will be highs and lows.

 
Workplace Diversity

Workplace Diversity

24 Sep 18 - Richard Shakespeare is often asked by several leading publications to provide an expert insight into the diversity landscape.

 
Lego releases a figure in a wheelchair

Lego releases a figure in a wheelchair

24 Sep 18 - It was revealed yesterday that the Danish toy manufacturer is releasing a figure who uses a wheelchair, this comes after a social media campaign and other pressures in which the world-famous brand was accused of a "lack of diversity".

 
Disabled facilities at UK tourism venues

Disabled facilities at UK tourism venues

24 Sep 18 - According to a recent article published on the BBC News website many of the tourism venues in the United Kingdom are failing visitors with a disability.

 
Attitudes to Disability

Attitudes to Disability

24 Sep 18 - Research suggests that many people still feel awkward around the subject of disability; some people will even avoid interacting with a person who has a disability.

 
30,000 Reasons Why Training Matters

30,000 Reasons Why Training Matters

24 Sep 18 - Estimates show that it can cost over £30,000 to replace a member of staff

 
Myths Surrounding Disability

Myths Surrounding Disability

24 Sep 18 - We shall now explore some common myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject of disability.

 
Choosing an Energy Supplier

Choosing an Energy Supplier

24 Sep 18 - How do Energy Suppliers Support Customers with Disabilities?

 
Accessible Wedding Cars

Accessible Wedding Cars

24 Sep 18 - “Without doubt one of the biggest questions you can ever ask or be asked is “Will you marry me”

 
Bored of Gender Pay?

Bored of Gender Pay?

24 Sep 18 - I get asked many questions about diversity and inclusion in my role as a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant.

 
Gender Pay Gap -What Next?

Gender Pay Gap -What Next?

24 Sep 18 - As I had barely finished my morning coffee before being asked about this, and several organisations have contacted me overnight to ask "What should I do now about the gap?" I have produced a quick guide to some of my initial thoughts.

 
I Don’t Want To Talk About It: Mental Health

I Don’t Want To Talk About It: Mental Health

24 Sep 18 - As Responsible Business Week comes to a close we take a look at the issue of mental health within the business environment and ask the following questions:

 
Understanding A Stroke

Understanding A Stroke

24 Sep 18 - This Month we have asked First Aid Training Expert and qualified instructor Aimie Chatfield from Aim High Training and Development to provide us with some background information

 
Living with a Visual Impairment

Living with a Visual Impairment

24 Sep 18 - So how do you come to accept your disability? Well, this is a big question and unfortunately, it is one of those annoying answers – it is different for everyone.

 
Cycling 4,000 Miles

Cycling 4,000 Miles

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 Inspiring pupils to achieve their dreams

Inspiring pupils to achieve their dreams

29 Jun 13 - RICHARD Shakespeare is used to fighting battles to get what he wants. Born with cerebral palsy, he and his family launched the ‘Standing Up for Richard’ appeal in the 1980s to pay to send him to Budapest for then pioneering intensive physiotherapy treatm

 
Shakespeare is hoping to pen £5k charity cheque

Shakespeare is hoping to pen £5k charity cheque

1 Sep 12 - INSPIRED by the Paralympics, the junior vice president of Etwall and Hilton Rotary Club — who himself has cerebral palsy — is tackling a gruelling 87 mile canoe challenge along the waterways of the East Midlands.

 
Commerce or charity: where is the line?

Commerce or charity: where is the line?

25 Mar 12 - This month we meet and interview an inspirational young lady who when faced with redundancy decided to not only create her own job but to also start a charity. Richard Shakespeare went to find out more.

 
Jumping ship worries me

Jumping ship worries me

31 Jan 12 - At this time of the year many people are looking for a new beginning or even a change of direction, we all know someone who has fallen out of love with their current job – you may even be in that position yourself. I know that when I worked in the financi

 
Networking - the secret job market

Networking - the secret job market

23 Dec 11 - The reality is that the job market has remained tough throughout 2011 and is likely to do so for some time to come; it is true however that companies are still recruiting and looking for staff. One issue is of course that if you read the latest press cove

 
#SBS Winner

#SBS Winner

27 Nov 11 - Click here to view Richard’s profile on the #SBS website.

 
 Disabled urged to contact experts for help in finding job

Disabled urged to contact experts for help in finding job

21 Nov 11 - JOBLESS disabled people are being urged to contact a charity to get advice on finding work.

 
Am I the invisible job applicant?

Am I the invisible job applicant?

29 Oct 11 - Recent figures show that unemployment has increased again, amid the cutbacks and one of the toughest economic climates seen in living memory what hope is there for the people of the United Kingdom?

 
More help for disabled as charity and former job-seeker join forces

More help for disabled as charity and former job-seeker join forces

10 Sep 11 - A CHARITY has joined forces with a man who applied for almost 2,000 jobs to promote the rights of disabled people.

 
Job market challenge for disabled

Job market challenge for disabled

30 Nov 10 - As a week of BBC features looking at the issues facing people with disabilities - Access All Areas - continues, what challenges does the job market give disabled job-seekers?

 
After 2,000 failed job apps, I went self employed

After 2,000 failed job apps, I went self employed

23 Nov 10 - Snubbed for 2,000 jobs, man decides to go self-employed... and business is booming

 
Disabled Brit man rejected for 2000 jobs starts his own business

Disabled Brit man rejected for 2000 jobs starts his own business

23 Nov 10 - A disabled man in Britain, who was rejected for almost 2000 jobs, has managed to start his own business.

 
Man starts own business after getting 2,000

Man starts own business after getting 2,000

23 Nov 10 - A man has been forced to start his own firm after he was rejected from nearly 2,000 jobs in a year.

 
Disabled Brit man rejected for 2000 jobs starts his own business

Disabled Brit man rejected for 2000 jobs starts his own business

23 Nov 10 - A disabled man in Britain, who was rejected for almost 2000 jobs, has managed to start his own business.

 
Disabled man rejected for 2000 jobs starts business

Disabled man rejected for 2000 jobs starts business

23 Nov 10 - A disabled man in Britain, who was rejected for almost 2000 jobs, has managed to start his own business.

 
Snubbed for 2,000 jobs, man decides to go self-employed... and business is booming

Snubbed for 2,000 jobs, man decides to go self-employed... and business is booming

22 Nov 10 - When Richard Shakespeare was made redundant in 2009 he wasted no time or effort in trying to return to the world of work .

 
1,923 job bids rejected...now I'm going it alone

1,923 job bids rejected...now I'm going it alone

22 Nov 10 - AFTER applying for nearly 2,000 jobs in less than a year, Richard Shakespeare has given up on his fruitless quest and started his own business.