Samantha Lee has been providing equality and diversity training to a range of organisations since 2005 and was one of the North East’s first experts in the field.
Now, Samantha, from North Shields, has re-launched her company ‘Ora Training’ to provide extra services for charities and not-for-profit organisations as well as business sectors that need advice on understanding and benefiting from equality legislation. She plans to recruit around five members of staff in the coming 18 months.
The aim of Ora Training is to help people to easily and constructively implement and benefit from the 2010 Equality Act. Samantha herself was one of the first experts in the field of equality and diversity training and provides workshops, one-to-one support and consultancy services.
Ora’s clients include high profile organisations such as Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, amongst others. Samantha helps them to attract diverse, hard-to-reach customers and win more bids, increase workplace productivity and gain transferable skills to improve working relationships, amongst other services. In addition, Ora assists organisations with funding opportunities in order to be able to deliver such training.
Ora’s programmes are aimed at businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Training can be provided for large or small groups, for managers and front line staff.
Samantha said: “We focus on empowering people positively, rather than focusing on what not to do. Our programmes provide an understanding of the Equality Act together with practical measures that any organisation can implement, allowing them to benefit in a variety of ways.
“We’re passionate believers of ‘equality through empowerment’ as we know that an organisation can only change when all staff members are involved in the process. Our services have a proven track record in offering organisations long-term changes and benefits.”