As many of you will be aware, over the past few weeks we have seen a shift in the conversations around race and inequality that have unfortunately been sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd in the United States. We must start by acknowledging how horrific this death at the hands of law enforcement is and why we must learn from this historic moment.
We have had a clear message from Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council, as well as messages from Helen Bailey, Chief Executive. It is important that we draw together and learn as a community in Sutton and hear from those who are discriminated against abroad but also the sad and very real parallels this has for our colleagues and residents.
I have been reflecting on these and discussing with EMT and senior management how SHP should best respond to this awful situation. One of the messages that has emerged is that we need to provide a clear space for our colleagues from Black and other Minority Ethnic groups to express and share their feelings and also provide a clear response on the wider support available for colleagues/residents.
Over the next few weeks we will be hosting a listening session(s) with EMT to discuss this in more detail, listen to colleagues and work together on what a compassionate and co-produced response looks like.