Courageous conversations you are invited

The murder of George Floyd and the subsequent global, national, and local demonstrations of support have prompted a conversation between Voluntary Centre Services and JUST Lincolnshire about how we can address inequalities connected with ethnicity across Lincolnshire’s third sector. We feel this is the right time to widen conversation across the county … it is also the right thing to do.

 

As a result, we invite you to contribute to the first in a series of online conversations on 27/08/20, 11.45am -1.00pm. This conversation will be exploring the impact of recent events on the Third Sector.

We feel that it is vital to provide this space to allow individuals, organisations, and communities a period of reflection on the issues and challenges that have been compounded by the impact of current pandemic.

 

These events will be in the form of a facilitated conversation with four panel members chosen based on their lived experience of the topic being discussed; as part of their role within their organisation; or expertise in the subject. JUST Lincolnshire will ensure that this discussion place is one of respect and space to listen and be heard.

 

We hope this will provide an opportunity for us all to join JUST Lincolnshire in their aims to:

 

  • Change the divisive nature of some of the conversation. We seek to provide a safe space and facilitate respectful discussion.

 

  • Challenge, through education, systems, processes, and personal behaviours that discriminate against others and place barriers in the way of personal progress.

 

  • Champion the work of allies, both locally and nationally, that seek to empower and enable the voice of BAME communities to be heard.

 

  • Collaborate with all those who seek to bring real change in the challenging and removal of racism and discrimination.

 

  • Celebrate the diverse population of Lincolnshire and the contribution of BAME communities to the life of the county.

The panel members are:

 

Iggy Patel

Founder of Haloabletech and many years’ experience in equality & inclusion an consumer law

 

Caroline Killeavy

Caroline joined YMCA Lincolnshire as Chief Executive in 2018.

 

Lizzie Jordan

Lizzie is Founder and CEO of Think2Speak

 

 

 

Sidney McFarlane

Sidney is currently involved with other local voluntary organisations, including the University of Lincoln Court and trustee/director of International Bomber Command Centre.

 

JUST Lincolnshire would like those attending these events to be able to ask questions and make a meaningful contribution but as this conversation will be held virtually it will be more difficult to have a flowing questions and answer session. Therefore, we ask that questions you may wish to see addressed are submitted via this anonymous form https://bit.ly/2DAaN1c by Sunday 23rd August.

 

Register your interest in the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/courageous-conversations-addressing-inequalities-connected-with-ethnicity-tickets-115981430581