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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’?. 

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: