We stand in solidarity with our staff, volunteers and those in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities we support.
Following the events in the US and news here about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority communities, we must all stop, question ourselves and ask what we can all do better.
- What can we do to stand up against racism?
- How can we help society understand the reasons for the disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths and serious illness experienced by people with a Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority background?
- What more can we do to ensure that equality and diversity lie at the heart of our work?
Healthwatch across England have done much to champion the voices of those who are often overlooked, but we must do more to help change the ways things are done.
Steps we take:
- We continue to collect experiences of local people during the COVID-19 outbreak we would like to encourage the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Bexley to share their feedback and experiences.
- If you are an organisation that support people from BAME communities and would like to co-produce a meeting with us to gather feedback from the BAME community please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We support Healthwatch England’s public call out for more people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities to speak up about their COVID-19 experiences.
- With the support of Healthwatch England, we will work to improve the way we engage communities online and to reach those who are digitally excluded.
Together we can play our part in creating a fairer society for all.