Bradford district leaders and communities unite at launch of anti-racism movement

Posted on August 23, 2021 by AireAdmin

Community groups, members of the public and leaders from across Bradford District and Craven have come together to take part in a place-based launch of a regional anti-racism movement today (Monday 23 August at 1pm) in Centenary Square which included a seed and plant sharing to demonstrate how people can nurture friendships and communities.

The anti-racism movement has been developed by West
Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) and the West
Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) alongside nearly 500 organisations and
community allies with similar launches taking place across the region today.

The launch in Centenary Square sees people signing up to a
pledge, share plants and seeds with each other offering a message of
solidarity, take part in an interactive arts workshop as well as an opportunity
for local artists and art groups to provide entertainment. There was also
information stalls promoting the existing work of community groups and key
partners to tackle racism as well as demonstrating projects that are already
building bridges across communities.

People attending the events will be offered an opportunity
to share plants as a gesture of friendship and good will among communities and
individuals. The plants have been sourced from a local social enterprise
helping people with learning disabilities, Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET) – www.neetpeople.org

Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said
“Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:  “We are committed
to tackling racist behaviours head-on and showing that there is no room for
racism in our district.   We are backing the West Yorkshire and
Harrogate Health and Care Partnership anti-racism movement and I would urge
everyone to get involved and support this.  By working together we can
root out racism.  Every one of us has a responsibility to challenge it,
whenever we see it. In Bradford we are known for our rich diversity, this
diversity is our strength.  We achieve more in the district when we are
united by shared values, common goals and collective pride.”

Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor for the University of
Bradford and Joint Chair of the Health and Social Care Economic Partnership,
said
: “This anti-racism movement prompts us to look at ourselves and to
better inform ourselves on anti-racist behaviours, to stand up against racism,
and to stand together. It represents another step toward meaningful and real
change.”

Brendan Brown, Chief Executive for Airedale NHS
Foundation Trust and Joint Chair of the Health and Social Care Economic
Partnership, said
: “Bradford District and Craven is a place that is proud
of the incredible diversity that really does bring a richness to our
communities. Yet we know from the evidence we have seen that we must do more to
create a fair and just society that and that starts with us going beyond
tackling discrimination and actually being actively anti-racist in everything
we do. We must also draw upon the great work that has gone on across our place,
this movement gives an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved and
recognise where we must do better.’

Bradford District Commander, Chief Superintendent Daniel
Greenwood, said
: “Listening to and hearing the experiences of our
communities is essential if we are to create and nurture thriving communities.
Our support for this anti-racism movement signals that we are committed to
building on the work we have done with communities and recognises there’s more
still to do.”

Ian Ward, General Manager The Broadway and Bradford BID
Chairman, said
“Our economic success depends on attracting and retaining
the best talent both here in our district, our region and across our country.
We know that discriminatory behaviour sadly still exists in our communities and
in our workplaces, that’s why we must continue to do more and that’s why we
must move towards a position of anti-racism. This will help ensure we make our
communities and our workplaces welcoming to all. We need to recognise racism
and root it out.”     

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate anti-racism movement
supporters include NHS organisations, councils, West Yorkshire Police,
Healthwatch, hospices, universities, housing associations, unions, and the
voluntary community social enterprise sector. High profile sports club
supporters include Yorkshire Cricket Club, and sports foundations, Yorkshire
Sports Foundation, Keighley Cougars, The Leeds United Foundation, Community
Foundation at Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls Foundation, Castleford Tigers
and Halifax Panthers (rugby) to name a few.

Co-created by over 100 WY&H HCP ethnic minority
colleagues to proactively challenge racism across all aspects of society, the
movement is part of an ongoing commitment to tackle structural and
institutionalised racism, as well as addressing health and social inequalities
across the area.

The movement, a recommendation from the WY&H HCP review
in October 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities, spotlights
the experiences of ethnic minority staff and allies from across WY&H HCP
and illustrates their views and experiences of racism.

Imagery from the campaign will be displayed outdoors and on
buses, as well as across social media with the hashtag #WYHRootOutRacism. The
movement includes a suite of educational resources to encourage people to
better inform themselves on anti-racist behaviours and practices, whilst
linking to training and people’s life stories.

People can register to join the movement at http://ow.ly/lWB250FBmYt  

To find out more, including how to access the free
resources, visit https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/rootoutracism