Cultural Diversity Training delivered by Al-Mushkah CIC

Working smarter with multicultural colleagues, customers, and clients.

-Do you sometimes struggle to understand why others think and act in ways different from your own?

-Would you like to learn how to improve your communication skills to work better with colleagues, customers, and clients from other cultures?

-Do you feel sometimes that what you say is understood in a different way to what you meant, especially from people of a different culture?

-Have you ever felt offended by the body language of someone from a different culture?

If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then this training is best suited for you!

Course Description

Cultural differences can be a source of embarrassment, misunderstanding or taking offence, but they can also be a source of enjoyment and creativity. The aim of this workshop is to help participants reduce the likelihood of these negatives happening by showing how to become more aware of other cultures, perceptions, and behavioral norms in order to create a rapport quickly.

This half-day workshop is designed to give an understanding and appreciation of the issues of working with different cultures from our own, with special focus on the Middle East. It will help you understand and respect differences and move beyond them to achieve the desired goals. Cultural differences should never prevent you from meeting your goals or getting the job done! Understanding cultural differences will help you to be more creative in what you want to achieve.

This course will address vital areas such as the importance of cultural awareness, etiquette, communication, relationship building and traditions, as well as more complex topics such as religion, cross cultural attitudes, and language.

We’re looking for 3 organisations to trial our ” Cultural Diversity Training”. This course can be delivered at your own pace, in your own time… for FREE. All we ask is your honest feedback, and your review of the course.

Training Objectives

Our cultural diversity training will:

Increase participants’ cultural intelligence and appreciation of cultural differences.

Prepare people to work better with others of a different culture from their own.

Provide practical tips for managing cultural differences.

Improve communication skills.

Training outcomes

After our training, participants will be able to:

Explain why cultural intelligence is important.

Outline the significant cultural values to keep in mind when working in a multi-cultural context.

Recognise the key business values to respect when working with people from other cultures, particularly the Middle East.

Acquire tips and strategies for successful performance at your meetings and through your correspondence.

Understand variations in body language and paralanguage.

Understand how cultures view and use time.


Date & Time: January (to be negotiated)

Location: company-Specific / In-House

To register your interest please Contact

Dr Rana Abu-Mounes


Mobile: 07446907025


Christmas Fayre at D&A College

Tuesday 05 December at Gardyne Campus
Wednesday 06 December at Kingsway Campus
You will be provided with a parking space, table, electricity if required and tea/coffee.  There will be a small daily charge of £5 for this event. As in previous years this charge will go towards our care funds.  This year it will be supporting our elderly care parcels – which is one of our student citizenship projects.
This year D&A College are very excited to launch Craft Workshops at our Kingsway Campus Fayre.  For these pilot sessions,  they are looking for short 30 minute workshops to be led by some of you. They would advertise these around the college and get bookings for each workshop. This will be a lovely opportunity to not only showcase your products, but also share some of your amazing skills with groups of students and staff. If you would be interested in running one of these workshops please just indicate on the booking form and they will contact you directly to discuss it further. 

Dundee TSI’s first Independent Chair

Dundee’s Third Sector Interface has appointed David Dorward as its first Independent Chair, effective from 1 October 2017.

The Third Sector Interface, known as the TSI, is made up of three organisations in the city – Volunteer Dundee, Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Dundee Voluntary Action – and supports and represents the sector.
David was previously Chief Executive of Dundee City Council and currently works as the local Associate Director with the Rank Foundation, supporting local projects which build on the city’s assets and investing in its potential.
Lynne Cameron, Convenor of Volunteer Dundee, said “I am delighted that David is joining the team, bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to the TSI. Charities and community organisations make a real difference to the lives of the people of Dundee by offering services and opportunities and we believe that the appointment of David as Independent Chair will strengthen the umbrella body.”
Derek Marshall, Convenor of Dundee Social Enterprise Network, added “David has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by the third sector and the incredible potential they have to transform the communities they serve. We are looking forward to working together to implement forthcoming changes to the function and funding of TSIs across the country which we expect Scottish Government to announce shortly.”
Lorna Edwards, Convenor of Dundee Voluntary Action, said “As Independent Chair of the TSI, David will support the three partner organisations with good governance, facilitate joint working and ensure that we continue to deliver well against the Scottish Government framework this year.”

Research Consultant for Childcare for all project


Recruitment process

Bids by tender to:

Closing date for bids: 5pm on Friday 27th October 2017

Start date:  November 2017

Research Brief

We are seeking to appoint a researcher:

  • To review the existing provision of childcare, nursery and after school clubs in Dundee
  • To undertake consultation with professionals and the community as well as communities of interest to establish the needs for childcare
  • To study successful childcare models in other regions to establish alternative options
  • To take a lead from the Project Coordinator on direction of project
  • To collaborate with and report to the Project Coordinator

Other tasks that may be included are:

  • To advise on organisation legal models
  • To provide financial modelling to support the business plan
  • To provide a strategic overview for the business plan
  • To support a Stage 2 application

We are looking for a consultant who has knowledge and experience of the childcare sector.  Experience of community consultation and stakeholder engagement will be essential.  Knowledge of social enterprise is also necessary.

The project is funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund.  We will pay a daily rate of £300 which is to include travel expenses and all other associated costs (including overheads and printing) up to a maximum of £26 000. For more information please see the link below.

Research consultant brief









This report presents the findings of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the definitive biennial account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.

The Social Enterprise Census 2017 is a collaborative effort to track the changing scale, characteristics and contribution of Scotland’s social enterprise sector every two years over the course of the next decade. It builds on the 2015 baseline study, and forms part of the Scottish Government’s long-term commitment to realising the full potential of the sector.

By ‘social enterprise’ the study refers to organisations that are trading for the common good – addressing social needs, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances, and protecting the environment. They organisations analysed as part of the study operate in a way consistent with the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland .

The Social Enterprise Census is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world and has included: the screening of over 20,000 organisations against the agreed definitional criteria; extraction and analysis of financial data from the public accounts of 4,439 social enterprises; and a representative survey of the population of social enterprises in Scotland, which yielded 1,351 responses.

Download the Headlines

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Download the Full Report

For further information, to arrange an interview or to request a social enterprise feature for print please contact: / 07501 221 581 or