Bolton Hospice takes steps to support BAME colleagues & volunteers
Published to Other News on Jun 23, 2020
Following the Public Health England report confirming black and other ethnic minorities are more at risk from coronavirus, Bolton Hospice CEO Dr (h.c) Leigh Vallance explains what actions Bolton Hospice have taken to support BAME staff & volunteers, and discusses the important role the hospice has in tackling discrimination and challenging racism in Bolton.
“In light of recent events associated with the disproportionate impact CV-19 has had on people who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) as well as the current and ongoing global discussion around racism, it’s important that we acknowledge the impact this is having on us all.
We have been very concerned about the impact CV-19 could have on our BAME staff and volunteers and are gathering as much information as possible to support with measures to protect our workforce and in particular learn how we can support colleagues from a BAME background until more is known.
Here at Bolton Hospice we have put in place an additional risk assessment for BAME staff and volunteers to ensure we’ve done all we can to mitigate the risk until national guidance on supporting staff members from BAME backgrounds has been issued.
The global discussion addressing racism and black lives matter is also very pertinent, for Bolton Hospice prides itself in being open and inclusive and celebrating difference, including race and ethnicity. Our values are underpinned by positively embracing, valuing and respecting diversity.
As an organization funded by the people of Bolton to provide the very best palliative and end of life care, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are not only inclusive of all, but also supportive of tackling discrimination wherever we see it.
It’s important that we challenge racism in all its forms as well as learn about racism by listening to the lived experiences of oppression, rather than bury our heads in the sand to avoid uncomfortable discussions. We can learn and begin to understand how our conscious and unconscious actions affect others, this is something that we cover, discuss and learn about in our face to face diversity training which forms a part of our equality and diversity development strategy.
I know in both my personal and professional life the value of living with and alongside people who are different from me. I live and work in Bolton with people who come from all corners of the world and from a myriad of different backgrounds and I believe that not only I, but also the hospice itself and society as a whole is a far, far better place for it as a result.
Diversity is enriching, racism is destructive, it’s a poison that we all have a duty to act as an antidote to by understanding not only the latent racism within ourselves but also challenging racism in others whenever we see it, in order for us to truly achieve being an open, inclusive, welcoming environment for all."