Black History Month, celebrated in the UK throughout the month of October, is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world, while remembering important people and events in history.
People of African and African-Caribbean heritage make an invaluable contribution to our life in the UK. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe of people from a Black and ethnic minority background; with one-in-five of the workforce are from a Black and ethnic minority background. Our workforce at SWLSTG consists of 51% Black and ethnic minority.
The significant contribution of Black people in communities right across the UK, in our NHS and schools, small business, arts, academia, sports, volunteering and all aspects of living in the UK is to be recognised and celebrated more.
Celebrating Black History Month at SWLSTG
South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust is celebrating the importance of Black History Month through a series of events and celebrations. As in previous years, our Black History Month/Windrush banners and posters will be displayed at both Springfield and Tolworth hospitals.
Evolve (Black and ethnic minority staff network) have organised an impressive programme of events for Black History Month 2021 while the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have organised two webinars of relevance for our staff. These include:
Friday 8, 15, 22, 29 October: Evolve Black History Online Quiz
Wednesday 20th October: Race based traumatic stress (online webinar) with Dr Sharon Lambert,
Friday 22nd October: Evolve Film Night
Friday 29th October: Culture, mental health & the BAME community (online webinar) with Talk Wandsworth
Healing Our Broken Village Conference – 28 October 2021 - 2.00pm-8.00pm
We are also having our 13th Annual Black Mental Health Conference: From Resistance to Transformation, organised by the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network Event in partnership with South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust and the New Testament Assembly Church Tooting. This conference is open to the public and tickets can be booked here:
Our Trust is fully committed to The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and as stated by Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive Officer, “there is no place for any level of racism or discrimination at our trust. We will continue work with our EVOLVE network to improve equality and opportunity for our BAME [Black and Ethnic Minorities] staff.” This is also reflected in the Trust’s Making Life Better Together culture programme ambitions to reduce inequalities and made the Trust a great place to work.
Evolve (Black and Ethnic Minorities) Staff Network aims to help create an environment where all staff feel valued and supported; influence and contribute to policy and practice development, thereby enhancing service delivery, and provide support to staff in the Trust to create a workplace that welcomes and benefits from diversity.