12 Aug A Word From Kunle Olulode, Director of Voice4Change England
I trust you are all well as can be expected, given the last few months’ events. First of all, we had to cope with the fallout from Covid-19, both personally and professionally. Many BAME charities and non-profit organisations have suffered as a result and many are under threat of closure. We, at Voice4Change England, in our role as a national infrastructure organisation, are gathering as much resources and funding as possible to provide support to those most in need.
To this end, Voice4Change England will be launching a grant fund, within the next two weeks, which is backed by the charities Comic Relief, National Emergencies Trust and MIND. We will be making an announcement, shortly. In addition, we will be supporting Phoenix Fund delivering emergency grants to BAME communities across England, to the tune of £1.4 million.
As if things could not get any worse in the height of quarantine, institutional racism was thrown squarely into the spotlight following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota, America. The horrific event unlocked justified outrage, shaking up governments around the world as demonstrations of solidarity sprang up everywhere.
In the thick in of this, the government invited me to be a co-opted member of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, alongside some heavyweights within the sector. This, alongside my position within the Windrush Commission and my involvement in in the publication of the report ‘Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity’, kept me busy throughout the summer. And I was happy to do play the different roles, but I cannot do it alone.
To effectively service our members, partners and communities, we are recruiting the following posts: Finance Officer, Administrator, Infrastructure Officer, Grants Officer, Policy & Influence Officer and Marketing & Communications Intern. All posts can be found on CharityJob
In addition to these roles, and in these trying times, we also welcome any volunteers who may wish to support the organisation.
Our communities appreciate everything that you do. Keep strong and believe that you are truly making a difference.