White Allies at Work ProgrammeTaking action on racism
Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Ethnic Minorities have highlighted the need for widespread and more rapid action to tackle racial inequality.
This programme aims to support participants and organisations to become actively anti-racist rather than simply being ‘not racist’, so that both staff and citizens experience a more racially inclusive health and care system.
Anti-racism work comprises long-term and ongoing commitment by organisations. This programme complements other work that organisations may be undertaking, such as training for specific professionals or senior leaders. With over 1.3 million NHS employees, there are immense opportunities to give health and social care staff at all levels a safe space to explore issues around race, discrimination and equality.
Organisations signing up to White Allies at Work can expect the following:
- Staff undertaking the programme will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained in active anti-racism to improve the quality of services provided and to educate others they work with and act on health inequalities that stem from structural racism and unconscious bias.
- Participants will be able to use their knowledge and skills to influence and lead an anti-racist workplace culture, build a better workplace that celebrates diversity and is intolerant of racism in all its forms.
- Participants will be able to identify and respond to overt and covert forms of racism.
- The programme will support participants to carry out and evaluate a sustainable organisational change project. Staff participating in the programme will help to scale, embed and sustain the values of being actively anti-racist through these projects.
- This programme supports improvements in the workplace experience for Ethnic Minority staff and support local work towards the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) indicators.
- This programme aims to complement the work of Ethnic Minority Networks within the organisation through enhancing White allyship.
Programme structure and timeline
The programme will run online between October 2021 – September 2022.
The time commitment for participants includes:
- 6 half days of facilitated programme time
- self-directed learning activities
- monthly organisational project meetings (months 5-12)
- final half-day project showcase event (in 2022)
For more information please contact Anam Farooq, Business Manager.