Taking place in February (1-7 Feb), Race Equality Week will be a UK-wide annual initiative to unite organisations and individuals in activity to address issues affecting ethnic minority employees.

2020 saw Black Lives Matter, sparked by the death of George Floyd, and the tragic impact of COVID-19 on the ethnic minority community. These drew more attention to the inequalities that many of our members have been fighting for decades and this has added new impetus to Community Southwark's commitment to supporting communities in this struggle.

With Black Lives Matter protests continuing to take place across the globe there is a very real possibility of creating meaningful change in racial equality both in the workforce & in society.

Community Southwark take our commitment to equality very seriously. We understand the urgency in addressing racial inequalities in the workplace and wider.

What have Community Southwark been doing?

  • Actively prioritising increasing the equality, diversity and inclusion within VCS in Southwark, and making it a key strategic objective for 2020-2022
  • Creating a racial equality and anti-racism action plan
  • Creating an internal equalities subgroup, to audit and update our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Framework
  • Changing culture and behaviours
  • Developing staff, volunteers and the working environment
  • Influencing change in sector stakeholders by facilitating the Southwark Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Alliance (R.E.A.C.H)
  • Our specialist Development Officer, is dedicated to working with ethnic minority VCS groups to build capacity and capabilities: [email protected] 

Join our R.E.A.C.H Alliance Network

Join our R.E.A.C.H Alliance Network. This is a new network for community organisations and community groups with aims to be a collective voice for Black and minority ethnic communities. Find out more on our network here

What else is happening?

What are you getting up to?

We will keep adding to this page throughout the week. Please do let us know if you have any activities, news or events that we can help you communicate, email: [email protected], or Tweet/ Instagram: @cosouthwark. 

Find out more about how you can get involved in #RaceEqualityWeek here.