We are at a time of profound social change. We have a commitment of working collaboratively with everyone to ensure tackling discrimination and prejudice is at the heart of rebuilding the future. 

Part of this commitment is to ensure that we, as voluntary and community sector organisations, are doing everything we can to tackle discrimination and systemic racism – outside and inside our own organisations.

We have started to gather some relevant resources to help addressing inequalities, racism, and discrimination, including information to support you with governance, board representation, protecting your staff and ensuring equity in all services you deliver.

If you would like to contribute to this page, please send any relevant resources or suggestions to [email protected]


National and regional guidance & publications

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is Great Britain’s national equality body. As a statutory non-departmental public body established by the Equality Act 2006, the Commission operates independently. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en

NCVO Knowhow - equity, diversity and inclusion

NCVO Knowhow offers advice and support for voluntary organisations. This section will help you get started in improving your organisations’ approach to equity, diversity and inclusion.
https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/organisation/equity-diversity-and-inclusion/get-started-with-equity-diversity-and-inclusion


Initiatives from the charity sector

Charity So White

#CharitySoWhite are a POC led campaign group seeking to tackle institutional racism in the charity sector. https://charitysowhite.org/

Runnymede

Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. Runnymede's projects and publication help build up a body of evidence on a wide range of areas that address key race equality challenges for public policy and public debate. https://www.runnymedetrust.org/

ROTA

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is one of Britain's leading social policy think-tanks focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Originally set up in 1984, ROTA aims to increase the capacity of BAME organisations and strengthen the voice of BAME communities through increased civic engagement and participation in society. https://www.rota.org.uk/publications/research-publications

Bond

Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. They have gathered information, resources, reading lists and facilitators to help NGOs start to become actively anti-racist.
https://www.bond.org.uk/resources/anti-racism-resources-and-facilitators

The Ubele Initiative

Ubele is an African Diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise founded in 2014, with the purpose of helping to build more sustainable communities across the UK. At the beginning of 2020, they were appointed by the Greater London Authority as the main regional Black and minoritised led infrastructure organisation for London. https://www.ubele.org/


Reports & publications

Undoing Racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector

This report includes recommendations to the charity sector in attempt to instigate cultural change in how charities engage with BAME people – from addressing racism to changing everyday practice.
https://voice4change-england.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/acevo_voice4change_home_truths_report_final.pdf

Racial Diversity in the Charity Sector

In this report, ACEVO and Institute of Fundraising urge charities to  prioritise increasing diversity in their workforces in order to prevent groupthink, generate more income, operate more creatively and attract the best talent.
https://www.acevo.org.uk/reports/racial-diversity-in-the-charity-sector/

Booska Paper

Booska Paper exposes structural racism in the the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and explored the impact of the pandemic on funding attitudes in the UK. The Ubele Initiative took a convening role, leading on this research on behalf of local, regional and national Black and Minoritised infrastructure organisations. https://www.ubele.org/booska-paper


Toolkits

Roots – Equality Act 2010 toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help voluntary and community organisations, and others working with BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities, use the Equality Act 2010 to challenge discrimination and promote equality.
https://www.obv.org.uk/sites/default/files/images/downloads/20110601-Equality%20Act%202010%20Toolkit.pdf

Inclusive employers toolkit

The toolkit sets out a series of actions that you should take to review the representation of young Black men within your workforce and practical steps to address any under-representation. This toolkit focuses on a specific group of people in London who are under-represented within the construction and digital sector workforces: young Black men. However, many of the actions in this toolkit can be adapted and applied to other under-represented groups and to other industries.
https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/workforce-integration-network-win/inclusive-employers-toolkit/about-toolkit

Equality and human rights in practice

This framework is designed to help us use equality and human rights more effectively – to improve outcomes for the people we support. https://www.equallyours.org.uk/equality-and-human-rights-in-practice/


Other resources

Charity Governance Code

It is the aim of this Code to help charities and their trustees develop these high standards of governance. This Code has been developed by a steering group, with the help of over 200 charities, individuals and related organisations. It includes recommended practice for both larger and smaller charities. https://www.charitygovernancecode.org/en

Why racial and gender representation matters in charity boards

https://charitysowhite.org/blog/why-racial-and-gender-representation-matters-in-charity-boards

Questions to Guide a Board Discussion on Diversity

This page will help you start the conversation about diversity, and begin your journey to a more well-rounded and effective board. https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/governance/improving-your-governance-practice/trustee-diversity/questions-to-guide-a-board-discussion-on-diversity

Linking black and minority ethnic organisations with mainstream homeless service providers

This paper argues that homelessness service provision to black and minority ethnic communities should be informed by in-depth knowledge and understanding of the causes, manifestations and perceptions of homelessness, and should address the significant barriers these communities face when accessing homelessness services. https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/housing/linking-black-and-minority-ethnic-organisations-with-mainstream-homeless-service-providers/