On Thursday 27th July & Friday 28th July Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) staff and Management Committee came together to take part in two full days of continued professional development. The two training days were attended by all forty-four staff members from each team which includes the North East (England), South East (England), Cardiff (Wales) and Glasgow (Scotland). The training days saw individuals from each office share with the group the work they are conducting in their region. As well as discussing the on-going work in their area, the offices shared best practice with staff members. An array of guest speakers were also invited to further add to the two days of professional development.
The two days training were held at UNISON HQ in Newcastle and the Thursday started with SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, opening remarks. Ged praised the work of SRtRC over the last twenty-one years despite ongoing difficult financial circumstances. Ged went on to explain how Trade Unions have been pivotal in ensuring that the campaign has managed to carry out the volume of work it has over the last two decades, while gradually growing as an organisation. Education Manager, James Kingett, led the first workshop which examined ‘the contemporary context for fighting racism’. Next up was guest speaker Thom Brooks, Dean of Durham Law School. Thom spoke about immigration and facilitated discussions on the key points of immigration. Following on from this was Clare Williams, Regional Secretary for UNISON in the North East. Clare discussed how SRtRC and UNISON have strengthened and further developed a very successful partnership in the region over the last year, whilst highlighting how the partnership work would continue over the next year.
After lunch, Jason Webber from SRtRC Wales conducted a workshop on the topic of ‘Tricky questions: challenging scenarios we face in workshops’. This workshop was an opportunity for staff to discuss tricky questions they have experienced during their own workshops and how best to deal with them. The day finished with another guest speaker addressing the SRtRC staff. Matthew Feldman discussed ‘the Far-Right in the UK’ which allowed the staff to understand better the dynamics of far-right groups, past and present in the UK.
The Friday morning started with a discussion led by Education Worker, Cat Hutchinson. The discussion was around facilitation skills and the safeguarding of young people. The next guest speaker was a familiar face to many in the room as former SRtRC Education Manager, and now MP for North West Durham, Laura Pidcock came along to discuss ‘What a Labour government will hope to achieve in terms of anti-racism’. After lunch, the South-East team conducted a workshop with the group to highlight the work they carry out in the South. Steve Goodsell, SRtRC Southern Regional Manager, also explained the work they currently carry out across the South of England. James Kingett then conducted his second workshop of the two days as he discussed monitoring and evaluation techniques and the importance of ‘getting it right’. Team Scotland then had the opportunity to outline the work they achieve and then discussed in more detail their Refugee Inclusion Project, as well as their LBGTQI related work. The day finished with Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, thanking everyone in attendance for their time and contribution over the two days, while also wishing everyone the very best for 2017 and beyond.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a massive thank you to all the guest speakers who attended the training days and took the time to discuss their related topic. The campaign would also like to thank UNISON for the generous hospitality over the two days and for their continued support. And finally, a massive thank you to all the staff and Management Committee who work tirelessly throughout the year to help educate adults and young people.