Structural Racism: What Can the Voluntary and Community Sector Do?

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A discussion on how we can affect meaningful change in east London

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On the 5th August ELBA will bring together a selection of community organisations for a discussion on how we can work together to build an inclusive future for east London and tackle racism in all its forms and manifestations. We will discuss how structural racism affects east London's third sector, and the communities that we serve, as well as what we ought to do to address related challenges.

The murder of George Floyd on the 25th May this year sent shockwaves across the world. The horrifying footage served as a graphic representation of the ugly truth of systemic racism. For some, it was yet another example of the implications of structural inequality, for others it was a stark wake up call, prompting widespread support for the Black Lives Matter movement and a range of associated action. At the same time, the recent report "Home Truths" by Voice4Change and ACEVO shows we have to look at our own track record as third sector organisations.

Over the past months we have seen inspirational responses from a number of our community partners as well as numerous offers of support from our member companies. Like many organisations, ELBA is working to translate this desire for change into action that will have meaningful, sustainable impact. We have been listening to community voices, learning from diversity and inclusion specialists, examining the inclusivity of our own organisation and have launched the SHIFT25 campaign alongside Red Lion Chambers.

ELBA is committed to playing our role in helping to build a future without racism. As an employee volunteer broker, we are committed to working with both our community partners and our member companies to find ways in which we can draw on the time, skills and expertise of volunteers to implement real change. In order to do so, we need to better understand your needs and how volunteers might best be deployed to meet them.

A full agenda including guest speakers will be sent in advance of the event.

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