People across the borough are encouraged to take a stand to support Race Equality Week.
St Helens Borough Council has signed up to The Big Promise as part of Race Equality Week and committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive place for everyone across the borough.
The annual week is organised by Race Equality Matters, who provide learning and support for businesses and individuals who want to make sure everyone has the same opportunities regardless of their race.
The Big Promise is being backed by councillors and politicians at the council alongside its Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) group. The group are providing advice and feedback on the council’s approach to supporting its staff from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “The strength of our borough lies in our communities coming together and no one should feel left out or have opportunities taken away from them because of their race. We would encourage everyone, whether you’re a business or an individual, to make the promise to support our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the borough. Now is the time to act.”
Rob Huntington, Assistant Chief Executive and diversity and inclusion champion, said: “In the past year, the importance of creating an inclusive place where people are treated fairly is never greater. As a council we believe it is important to lead by example which is why we are joining in with The Big Promise at this vital time where the issues of inequality have been highlighted through powerful stories.
“The council’s BAME group is key to helping us find ways to support every member of our workforce by listening to their experience and changing things together for the better. The group is also part of a wider network across the Liverpool City Region who are coming together to promote working and learning environments where all staff feel welcome, comfortable, respected and valued. Their work will benefit so many more people across the borough by helping us to develop inclusive practises.”
To sign up to make The Big Promise visit: www.raceequalitymatters.com