The shocking and distressing death of George Floyd in the USA is a sharp reminder that racism and inequality are also still part of our society in Britain.

Our main purpose at the Bridge is to tackle the inequality that is illustrated by the stark health inequalities we see in our communities. The impact of COVID-19 has replicated existing health inequalities and, in some cases, has increased them. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and people from the poorest communities have been disproportionately affected.

We are at a time of profound social change. We stand together in solidarity with our BAME communities and all those calling for urgent change. Alongside our voluntary and community sector partners, we commit to working collaboratively with everyone to ensure tackling discrimination and prejudice is at the heart of rebuilding the future.  We encourage everyone to come together and to support local groups that are doing great work promoting fairness and improving the lives of marginalised communities in Haringey. Together we must tackle discrimination and systemic racism.

We recently hosted a meeting with BAME Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and partners to discuss practical solutions to the problem of disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Haringey’s BAME communities. If you would like to contribute to this, please email [email protected]