Equality and Diversity Unit4

Topics: Plymouth, Community, Disability Pages: 7 (1766 words) Published: March 8, 2013
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
Unit 4: Living in Diverse Communities


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Name: Antony Roy Passmore

1. Describe a range of appropriate investigative methods that can be used to explore diversity in a community.

There are two basic methods that can be used to research the diversity in a community. The one broadly classified under “observational techniques” which can utilise methods such as direct observation of people in a certain place at a certain time and the collation of data through a tick box method counting style or it could involve questionnaires whereby willing bystanders or passers-by are questioned and the results recorded. This sort of data collation can be undertaken by a number of individuals which spreads the base area from which the data can be collected. Different events, venues and places can be researched in this way, large or very specific. Data such as gender, age, culture etc can be gathered using this method as well as the observation of venues such as clubs, shops, cafes etc.

The other method that can be used is classified as “Desktop research”. This is a second hand form of data whereby already collected data is stored and can be accessed for you to use. This includes data such as that of gender, age religion etc and relates to a specific area or location, like Mutley in Plymouth, or Stonehouse, etc. This data is usually found online on City Council or Government websites or in libraries or information services. The good thing with this is that it can provide accurate information collated by experts who are highly knowledgeable in their field and skilled in research techniques and who can use a methodology appropriate for the type of data to be researched.

2. Using one (or more) of the methods you outlined in Question 1, describe the extent of diversity that exists within your community. You should illustrate your work with some actual data such as statistics or desktop research.

Desktop research on Mutley in Plymouth
(The research data is difficult to find specifically related to just Mutley so I have broadened it to include Plymouth but also some of Drake ward, but this is specified) Plymouth – types of employment (2010 data)

Arts, leisure and other services – 4%
Agriculture, fishing, energy and water – 1% 
Construction – 4% 
Financial, insurance, professional and support – 13% 
Hotels and restaurants – 7% 
Public admin, education and health – 37% 
Manufacturing – 12% 
Retail and wholesale – 16% 
Transport and communication – 6%

Note that the vast majority is in Public Admin, education and health. This is more than twice as high as in the next highest, Retail and wholesale.

Religious diversity in Plymouth:

No faith
At the last census 30% of our population
2001 census - 177,068 people (68%).
2011 Estimates between 4,500-6,500 (1.7%).
2001census - 470
Approximately 300-400 Hindus with approximately 150 families Judaism
2001census – 181
2001 census - 56.

(“Know Your Community: Social Inclusion Unit” Plymouth City Council)

Gender statistics involving full time study and employment

Males Aged 16 to 74; Economically Active; Employee; Full-Time (Persons)1 Count 1,074 Females Aged 16 to 74; Economically Active; Employee; Full-Time  (Persons)1 Count 767

Males Aged 16 to 74; Economically Inactive; Student (Including Full-Time Students)...
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