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Whitney Wilkinson and June Heslop, created our new Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) network to look at issues specific to colleagues in that demographic.
The network will offer support to colleagues in their working lives and promote awareness of equality and inclusion across Southern Housing Group. Network groups allow greater representation for colleagues across the business and give colleagues a forum for discussion and debate that draws on their knowledge and experience.
The BAME network took their first outing to Somerset House in London to see the Kaleidoscope exhibition which showcases photos and videos from photographers who were born or based in the UK, exploring life as an immigrant in modern Britain.
Whitney, who co-founded the BAME network at the Group retells how the trip unfolded.
“My personal highlight was Chris Steele-Perkins work – The New Londoners – that documented families from around the globe that had settled in London. There was a huge variety in family make up, backgrounds and ages and décor.
The exhibition closed with a video by Liz Johnson Artur, titled Real…Times, which documented the voices of Londoners – ranging from London’s African diaspora to Black Lives Matter activists, mixed with scenes from around London. One of activists featured at a rally called out to the crowd that “we matter; we have a right to be here”, and that the “Windrush generation [is the] most loyal generation and proud to be British”.
We then ventured into the Hennessey: For the Culture exhibition, which looked at the evolution of grime music on the streets of London, and how Hennessey became part of the culture and lifestyle of music of Black origin.
A big thank you to all the colleagues that came along to Somerset House, I think the BAME network has gotten off to a fantastic start and we look forward to more outings in the future.”
If you would like to visit the exhibition at Somerset House it is open until 8 September 2019.