We commit to playing a leading role on diversity and inclusion, both within the organisation and across our membership.

Last updated: 19/06/20

Locality is committed to doing more on diversity and inclusion, as our strategic framework published in June 2020 states:

Diversity and inclusion are hugely important to us. In common with many national organisations, we have struggled to reflect the population in our staff team and understand our role in promoting diversity. We commit to playing a leading role on diversity and inclusion, both within the organisation and across our membership.

This commitment is real, part of our strategic framework, and fully signed up to by our Board of Trustees. Our challenge is to turn these words into action, and we want to move as fast as we can.

We have appointed Changeout, consultants in equality and diversity

We are working with Changeout, an equality, diversity and inclusion specialist, to look across our work and see where we can improve our diversity and inclusion practices to achieve better outcomes in these areas. This work is on-going, but we are looking forward to seeing the results of their review, findings and recommendations in the format of a structured action plan for us to work on and achieve.

Immediate actions we have taken

1. We have made our statement, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, public following the events in the US, and protests taking place globally and in the UK:

Locality’s core principle is a belief in the power of community to build a fairer society. One of the greatest barriers to this fairer society is racism, and a lack of action to tackle it in all its forms. The killing of George Floyd in the USA was horrific, and a manifestation of the racism that blights all countries, including here in the UK.

June 2020’s Public Health England report was a stark reminder of the way socioeconomic inequalities and structural racism translate into deadly health inequalities.

We do not have the answers, but we have a duty to educate ourselves and work with others to replace the current system that isn’t working for so many – to build a fairer society. We are committed to doing that through our activities and whatever influence we have with decision-makers and policymakers.

Across the community sector, we all need to challenge ourselves and ask whether we are tackling racism in our work? Are our systems set up in a way that tackles these injustices? We will be saying more in the coming weeks about how we are working to tackle inequalities and discrimination with a clear focus on race equality, and welcome input to help us do this. #BlackLivesMatter

2. We have revised policy calls to include more action to support BAME communities

• Our report, We Were Built for This, has policy calls for Government which focus on race inequality, with recommendations around co-designing funds with BAME-led organisations and ring-fencing 20% of new funding for BAME-led groups and those working with BAME communities.

3. We’ve agreed to support and sign up to sector campaigns and pledges:

• We have signed up to the Acevo principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership.

• We are fully endorsing the new report from Acevo and Voice for Change, Home Truths and will be working to ensure that we deliver against the recommendations for organisations.

• We have signed up to and are supporting the Young and Black campaign and will be encouraging members to promote this campaign to young people in their areas to give them an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

• We’ve pledged our commitment to dismantle racism in the charities and voluntary sector working collaboratively within the sector.

This is what we have done so far, but there is so much more to be done to address the many structural inequalities in our society. We will continue with this work and believe that the Power of Community is key to building a fairer society.