The first event of the new year was one local to us in our North-East office. The campaign team paid a visit to the Vertu Motors Arena for the first educational event in our history with the Newcastle Eagles basketball team. It has been great working alongside the Newcastle Eagles Foundation, they are rooted in their local community and deliver vital work throughout the city.
The afternoon session started off with the 60 young people from local primary school St Michaels RC going through our anti-racism workshop. Throughout the session the young people explored what a worldview is and the factors that can influence our worldview. This was a key skill that young people would use throughout the workshop and take away with them after the session finished. They also worked in a group setting to take part in a task that helped the students understand exactly what racism is and what a stereotype is. Everyone was engaged and thoughtful throughout and understand the importance of assumption when addressing what a stereotype is.
Prior to the workshop starting the participants knew that afterwards they would be taking part in a unique Q&A opportunity. The young people would get the chance to ask their questions about what they have learnt to a panel of special guests. The panel at the event had a wide range of lived experiences, both professional and personal. This brought about some thought-provoking answers from the panel from questions like “is power a big part of racism?”. Joining the panel today was current Lord Mayor of Newcastle Karen Robinson, the former Lord Mayor Cllr Habib Rahman and Newcastle Eagles players Antoinette Lewis, Jamal Kennedy, Donovan Johnson and Darius Defoe. All of the panel offered their own unique take on the questions that were asked. Thank you to all the panellists for supporting us with this event.
We must extend our thanks for Sam, Paul and Taylor for all their work in the run up to the event. We are already looking forward to the next one!