Black History Month Celebrations
22 Oct 18 - 21 Oct 19
On Friday 19 October we had a full house at our 4th local Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) event as part of our Black History Month celebrations. The event at The Colonnades in Hatfield was open to all staff and was hosted by our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff network with support from Unison, giving the opportunity to celebrate our diverse workforce. The theme of the event was "Enabling Change through Personal Growth and Empowerment".
Chief Executive, Tom Cahill kicked off the event and spoke about the importance of embracing people’s diversity, strengths, skills and weaknesses by providing equal chances to expand and achieve regardless of differences and where people come from.
Dr Jane Padmore Executive Director of Quality and Safety and BME Network Executive Sponsor chaired the event and gave an emotive talk on the struggles her own family has encountered.
HPFT's service line leads shared their work towards closing the race equality gaps in their services. This was followed by inspiring talks from chair of the BME staff network and BME leaders including HPFT Executive Director Ronke Akerele, as well as Dr Habib Naqvi, National Policy Lead for the NHS England WRES, who spoke about the performance of HPFT.
The Uzambezi group provided lively entertainment through music, song and dance which was thoroughly welcomed during lunch, and went down a treat with the Caribbean food that was served.
Attendees also had the chance to take part in interactive workshops looking at key themes such as courage to care for self, making a difference; and moving together through music. They were challenged to go further than ever before by not shying away from talking about their experiences of race, racism and prejudice, which can be uncomfortable. There were also conversations about conscious and unconscious bias. All had the opportunity to take part in workshops with story-telling from Eli Anderson and music from Uzambezi. Attendees were asked to share their ideas about what can be done to tackle discrimination.
About the day, Chand Kor, Inclusion and Engagement Manager said: “Today’s event was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our staff and how they enrich and improve the organisation as well as the quality of care and outcomes for our service users – it was truly an inspiring day."