Black Lives Matter Movement
09 June 2020
The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) is aware of the challenges faced by our Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) teammates on a daily basis and the challenges of day-to-day racism, compounded by worries about Covid-19 and its disproportionate impact on BAME people.
We stand with our BAME colleagues, volunteers and all those service users across the communities we serve. We are committed to actively engaging, listening, hearing and learning from you to ensure this informs our work in eliminating discrimination and eradicating racism throughout our service.
Critically we are committed to removing barriers to enabling open conversations with our BAME colleagues and service users which are essential to building our understanding and awareness of the challenges and anxieties you face. Being able to openly discuss and share experiences enables every one of us to take a proactive and positive stance in supporting one another, through these challenging times and to a more positive future.
We stand in support of the Statement issued by the National Ambulance BME Forum and continue to work with and hear from our colleagues in our own SWAST BME forum to deliver real and tangible change, building our own understanding and supporting individual needs and anxieties at a time when these are understandably heightened. For those who need additional support please reach out to us. And to all those across our organisation, please reach out to one another and ask ‘are you ok’?.