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One of our core values is about diversity, specifically:

Celebrating diversity

We value our differences, understanding that being kind and respectful to each other makes us strong.

The tragic death of George Floyd in America in May 2020 sparked protests across the world and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. It was this that moved us to look at the way we as individuals and as an organisation behave towards people from black, Asian, minority, ethnic (BAME)* communities and in particular to review our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

We looked at our processes and procedures and spoke to each other and to our colleagues from BAME communities and quickly realised we had a lot of work to do.

It is clear that for many of staff, volunteers and clients the structures and processes in our organisation are not fit for purpose. We have just finished a consultation with our staff about introducing a new structure to look at the addressing the issue of racism in the workplace. We’re now in the process of creating new groups to do this important work.

Watch this space for updates on this hugely important piece of work, which has become a priority for all of us from our Board and Senior Leadership Team through to all our services and project teams.

Opal Tometi, the co-founder of Black Lives Matters tells her story here.

*We are currently using the acronym BAME. We know there is discussion about the use of this term and we will be talking to colleagues about this in the coming weeks.

Second Step, along with many local organisations, is a signatory to Bristol City Council’s Equalities Charter. You can read it here.

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