Sunrise Diversity

Sunrise Diversity

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Refugees / migrants

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Sunrise is a grassroots charity promoting equality, diversity and social inclusion in rural communities in Northern Devon. We work with the community to eliminate discrimination and promote strong, positive community relations through our range of services and activities, which challenge discrimination, help change attitudes and celebrate diversity.

We want Devon to be a truly inclusive, welcoming community where individuals voices are heard and listened to, diversity is celebrated and there is equity of access to services and opportunities for all individuals with diverse identities.

Sunrise was first established in October 2013 as a social group for refugees, migrant workers and asylum seekers; however it soon became apparent that users were facing a range of issues and difficulties which were not being addressed by local service providers. In response, we started supporting users and runs a range of services and activities to cater for the needs of diverse people.

Services for diverse individuals are free of cost and include English language classes, groups, and conversation clubs, 1-1 support, guidance and advice.

Making connections is important in achieving wellbeing, yet more challenging for people isolated by their difference. In Northern Devon, it can be difficult for people to access services and groups due to rurality and low incomes. We provide opportunities for individuals to expand their networks, reduce loneliness and isolation.

We are always looking at how we can work with communities to change attitudes and improve inclusion and cohesion. We have experience of providing a range of learning, sharing, talking and engagement opportunities, which promote inclusion, diversity, and address racism, homo/transphobia and discrimination.



Sunrise offer a free and confidential support service for people aged 18+ living in North Devon and Torridge who are from a diverse background.

English Language Activities

English language activities are friendly, welcoming environments for beneficiaries to learn English and improve their confidence communicating with others. Activities are designed and adapted according to students needs and are delivered by qualified and experienced teachers expertly supported by volunteers.

Our free, weekly English classes are held Mondays 10.00am-12.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00pm at Sunrise Community Centre.

Social Opportunities

Friendly multicultural group to meet others from different countries and practice speaking English in a friendly, welcoming and inclusive community group. We chat and craft, cook, and organize outings on Tuesday 10:30- 12 noon at Sunrise Community Centre.

Opportunities are engaging and promote interaction, confidence building and contributions. The activities planned will be guided by beneficiaries. 

Improving Access to Services for Diverse Individuals

Sessions for local professionals are delivered on the challenges and barriers individuals with diverse identities are facing accessing support and services. 

Current opportunities

Devon, EX31 1DR

Sunrise Diversity is a grassroots charity promoting equality diversity and social inclusion in Northern Devon. Since we established in 2013 we...

Previous placements

  • Local North Devon Diversity charity is looking for two people to join its Board as trustees