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#BlackLivesMatter

At FoodCycle we bring communities together by providing a safe and friendly environment, where everyone is greeted with a big smile.  We strive for a society where no one is hungry or lonely and take pride in welcoming people from all backgrounds and walks of life, 85% of guests said that they had met people from different backgrounds at a FoodCycle meal.

We want employees, volunteers, trustees, supporters, guests and beneficiaries to feel valued, regardless of their race, background, religion, or circumstance.

Like many, recent events have made us stop and consider the changes that society can make to ensure we live in a world free from racism, and we want to constructively engage in the fight against it and help create change.

We want to work harder within our organisation to help stamp out racial prejudice and we want to support our staff and volunteers and encourage them to do the same.

We recognise that we are not alone in the charity sector in facing a lack of diversity amongst our employees, and we will take a lead to address that.

In particular, our senior management team and trustees will take concrete action to ensure the charity, as a whole, reflects diversity.

We have agreed that we will:

  • Review and update our equality and diversity policy
  • Have conversations and conduct surveys to understand in more detail, the diversity across our volunteers and guests
  • Find new ways to ensure that people from minority backgrounds are represented across the charity (employees, trustees, volunteers and guests)
  • Seek advice and guidance from charities and organisations working in this area and members of the BAME community, to help us address and drive change and look at how we can set up a BAME working group to support us longer term
  • Compile and share a list of resources and links with staff and volunteers to support them in educating themselves on the subject
  • Share our learnings along the way, recognising that we will not always get things right, but we will listen and work to continually improve

We will share another update on the above points in September.

If you have any concerns, suggestions or ideas on ways that we can make sure we are doing everything we can, or if you have any links or recommendations for our list of resources, then please email [email protected]

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