On Monday 12th August 2019, the Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) staff team from Scotland and England met up at UNISON headquarters in Newcastle for the annual staff away day meeting.
After a quick introduction from Justine King and opening remarks from the Chief Executive Ged Grebby who highlighted the success of the organisation over the last twelve months, set out the organisation’s priorities for the coming year and thanked the staff and management committee for their hard work, It was time to meet the first guest of the day.
Starting the day off was, Grace Dunne, North East Regional Manager for The Anne Frank Trust. Grace spoke about the Anne Frank Trust and working with pupils to develop their skills as Peer Guides. She also spoke about her work with community and youth groups in the North East. Grace’s presentation was extremely powerful, and it subsequently triggered further questions from the SRtRC staff who were present on the day.
Next on the agenda was an update on Wear Red Day from Chris Duffy. After lunch, Beacon and Bents Councillor David Francis of the Green Party, attended the meeting to talk to the group and facilitate discussions about the policy and values of the Green Party and the Party’s approach to racism and discrimination. Having Councillor Francis in attendance, allowed SRtRC staff to ask further questions.
Following on from Councillor Francis, was the North East Team update on individual projects then, there was a quick break between before the Scottish Team showcased their new workshop content, ‘would you rather’ and ‘introduction to slurs’
Kim McGuiness, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner also talked to the team about her work with the police and their support for SRtRC. Kim’s presentation was engaging, and it subsequently triggered further questions from SRtRC staff. Claire Williams (UNISON North East Regional Secretary) spoke about the role of Trade Unions in fighting racism and how they currently, and will continue to support Show Racism the Red Card. The day finished with closing remarks from SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Grace Dunne, Councillor David Francis, Kim McGuiness and Claire Williams for taking the time to address SRtRC staff and engaging in thought-provoking conversation. SRtRC would also like to say a massive thank you to UNISON for their continued support for the organisation. And finally, a big thank you to all the staff who attended the day and who continue to work tirelessly to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination.