The UK’s longest-running children’s charity, Barnardo’s, is calling for more diversity in the charity sector after marking Black History Month with an exhibition and event on Thursday 24th October 2019.
According to National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) UK Civil Society Almanac, 91 per cent of the charity sector’s workforce is white, and Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations’(ACEVO) annual survey of leaders of the biggest 100 charities in the UK revealed 93 per cent of charity chief executives are from white backgrounds.
At Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, just over 80 per cent employees are white and around 20 per cent of the people it supports are BAME.
To help raise awareness of issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion and to actively support people from underrepresented groups, Barnardo’s pair’s senior leaders with more junior staff from diverse backgrounds as part of a reciprocal mentoring programme.
It also aims to increase success rates for appointing BAME applicants to posts by 50 per cent and has an emerging leaders programme aimed at increasing diversity at manager level and above.
Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan said, “The UK is increasingly diverse, and the children we support have changed over the last 153 years, with one in five now from BAME backgrounds. It’s time the sector reflects that diversity from the inside out so it can provide better support to the people it serves.
“Barnardo’s has a long and proud history of helping vulnerable children, regardless of their ethnicity or other factors. We strive to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion runs through everything we do. But while 10 per cent of our paid employees are from BAME backgrounds, the number drops to around five per cent when it comes to our volunteers.
“We want to change this by encouraging more people from Black and other ethnic minority communities to consider charities like ours when applying for jobs or voluntary placements, not just in frontline services, but across a range of disciplines.”