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Peer support network launched for people of colour working on sustainability

Sustain member Wildlife and Countryside Link is helping to host a Peer Support Network is for people of colour working in organisations that focus on sustainability.

Diversity of people. Credit: Alan Karlik / Sustain

Diversity of people. Credit: Alan Karlik / Sustain

There is a widely acknowledged lack of ethnic diversity among those employed in the sustainability sector. Sustain alliance member Wildlife and Countryside Link is assisting with a peer support network for people of colour to connect with others and share thoughts – particularly at this time of heightened awareness of systemic racism in the UK.
 
Through a cross-organisational approach, people participating hope to create an opportunity for those who do not have access to such a network within their own organisation – or who may like to connect more widely. The network is new, and the organisers are still shaping its form and function. 

“The peer support network is a space where we invite everyone to bring their whole, authentic selves. There is no expectation to ‘fix’ everything or to fix ourselves, we’re just here to ‘be’ together first and foremost. There may be space to spark change in the sector and to ensure our voices are heard.”

The group has an expectation of confidentiality, respect and positive intent.

If you identify as coming from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic background and would like to be included on the mailing list for meeting invites and other updates, please contact Ellie Ward, Link Policy and Information Coordinator, at eleanor@wcl.org.uk. Information is posted here. Meetings take place on Zoom.

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