EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At Sing Inside, our goal is that everyone - whatever their background, whatever their story, and whoever they are - should have the opportunity to enjoy the unique power of group singing and music-making. 

Inclusion is at the heart of our ethos and work, but we know that we still have work to do.

It is essential that we play our part in challenging systemic structures of oppression at play within the criminal justice system and the charity sector, alongside interrogating our own biases, assumptions and aggressions which can cause harm to minoritised communities. 

WHAT WE ARE DOING

In June 2020, after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and increased awareness of systemic racism across the world, we committed to becoming an actively anti-racist organisation. We know that race is just one area of necessary and vital work to become a fully inclusive organisation, and we are reflecting across all protected characteristics to make sure our workshops and volunteering opportunities are as accessible and inclusive as possible.

 

We have collated a number of resources, reports, blogs from Sing Inside and other organisations, and statements on this page and will update it regularly to keep our volunteers and supporters up to date on this workstream.

We know that this work will take time and we are at the beginning of our journey, but we welcome conversation, constructive challenge and dialogue about this work. Please contact Maisie on maisie@singinside.org if you would like to raise anything at all.

RESOURCES AND UPDATES

  • Our statement on the release of the Sewell race report (April 2021) 

  • An open letter from the Runnymede Trust calling on the Prime Minister to #RejectTheReport, which Sing Inside co-signed

  • ‘A Record of Our Own’, research from the Zahid Mubarek Trust into the experiences of minoritised ethnic communities in prisons during the Covid-19 lockdown 

  • Women in Prison’s #StopThe500 campaign, which Sing Inside supports, asking the government to withdraw plans for 500 extra prison places for women, and to invest in community-based solutions which can stop women being swept into crime. (April 2021)

  • An update on our EDI work from our chief executive (February 2021)  

  • #CharitySoWhite, a POC-led campaign group tackling institutional racism in the charity sector. We have committed to their call to action and continue to use their questions to leaders of charities to frame our discussions and next steps around race 

  • A blog from our head of volunteer relations, Kate, on the importance of gathering robust demographic data on our volunteer base

  • Our original statement from our chief executive Maisie on becoming an anti-racist organisation 

  • The 2017 Lammy Review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system. We support the recommendations of this review. 

  • We have received excellent consultancy support from Rebbecca Hemmings at Strawberry Words, who has helped our executive team, board and volunteers to begin learning and reflecting on inclusive, anti-racist and diverse practice.  

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