Leaders of national umbrella bodies for charities and social change organisations (including GMCVO) have issued a statement of commitment to dismantling racism in charities and the voluntary sector. Read the statement in full on the Never More Needed website. #NeverMoreNeeded
The statement references Voice4Change and ACEVO's recently published report ‘Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector.’.
Home Truths is not a report that asks if there is a problem with ‘race’ equity in the charity sector. It has long been known that there is an under-representation of BAME people working in the charity sector, and that under-representation is worse in senior leadership roles. Instead, in this report they have sought to reframe the ‘diversity’ debate, saying that racism is a significant and unresolved issue in the charity sector just as it is in the rest of society.
In making this report Voice4Change and ACEVO centred on the experiences and expertise of over 500 BAME people who either responded to the online survey or took part in in-depth interviews. Those participating in the research shared their experiences of racism in the sector and also said what they thought needed to change in order to create true culture change.
Positively, there appears to be an appetite for progress and this report is intended to provide a supportive framework for those who want real change. The report lays out steps both to further open-up the charity sector to BAME people and to re-orientate charity work towards building a racially just society.