For too long it has been easy to let ourselves think that because 'it is better than 30 years ago' that we could ignore the issues of Racism in the UK.   The inhumane incidents of summer 2020 in the USA and the subsequent protests and discussions must be a catalyst for change.  We need to challenge the narrative and change the narrative.  


Young Barnet Foundation is proud of its diverse staff team and trustee board, but we commit to looking internally at how we can be better.    We do not want to just make token gestures but aid meaningful change.   We believe Children are our Future, and it is young people that can really help us, as a community, to tackle the issue of racism through generational change.    


We commit to supporting members to explore how we can support our young people, to educate them, to empower them to be better human beings, to rid young people of the negative views that fester into prejudice and racist thoughts and action. 


No one is born with Racist thoughts, we believe there needs to be open and honest conversations as to why prejudice grows within us, what are the causes and how can we change that in generations to come.    Education to explore our ignorance needs to be a starting point and we have included some articles and videos below that we believe assist in educating ourselves on the issues. 

It's not just a moment

How do we promote positive roll models for all young people to support young people to become the best version of themselves, and not be drawn into negative behaviour.      www.??? looks at some of the great Black

How do we now make these discussions a force for good?     We don't have all the answers but are committed to work with members, other Young People's Foundations, partners and any one else to ensure the narrative really is challenged and changed.  


• Together we stand in solidarity against racism, discrimination and violence

• Together we must speak out

• We proudly support young people in our communities as leaders of change, and the organisations which support them

The Young People's Foundations held a webinar to open dialogue about Culture, Heritage and identity (CHI). Scroll down to view the videos

Listen to legendary cricketer Michael Holding explain why education and educating yourself is so important.


Re-imagining the future of education through Black British history   https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector   https://www.acevo.org.uk/reports/home-truths/

Developing Young Black Leaders - a course.   https://www.youngblackleaders.org/#





There is an introduction video and 6 further videos, with 5 guest speakers and a Q&A session.  

Anthony Scott - qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with 17 years’ face-to-face work with young people, families, communities in both statutory and voluntary services.

Extensive experience in working with young people at risk of offending, serious youth violence, designing and delivering training which is respectful, truthful and challenging to enable professionals to understand institutional racism, unconscious bias, and how these nuances impact communities from the African and Asian diaspora and the role that generational trauma has to play in how our young people and families present to services.

Errol Donald, Director of Mindspray

As a qualified child therapeutic wellbeing practitioner, Errol has worked extensively in community settings where he observes creative, intercultural practice with an awareness of the cognitive, emotional, and educational needs of young people. Errol is the founder and director of Mindspray, a creative practice delivering projects that meet at the intersections of art, culture, and wellbeing.

Acknowledged as a leading figure within the development of British graffiti art, Errol has since established a track record for creative leadership within education, corporate law, youth leadership, cultural heritage, and therapeutic wellbeing.

Patrick Vernon OBE is a social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. He has over twenty years’ senior leadership experience working across mental health, public health, heritage and ethnic equality and is well known in health, local government and the voluntary sector. In 2018 he kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. Patrick is currently Associate Director for Connected Communities at the Centre for Ageing Better, Equality and Diversity Adviser to Lambeth Council, Chair of Citizens Partnership for Healthcare Investigation Branch (HSIB) and Senior Associate at OLMEC.

Patrick is a Patron of ACCI a long established black mental health charity in Wolverhampton and Patron of Santé a social enterprise in Camden which supports and befriends refugees and asylum seekers across London. Patrick is Vice Chair of the Bernie Grant Trust and a board member of 38 Degrees. He received and OBE in 2012 for his work in Ethnic Equality and Health. He was awarded an honorary PhD by Wolverhampton University in 2018 for his campaigning and writing on culture, history and migration. In 2019 Patrick received the SMK Lifetime Achievement Award for campaigning.

Veronica Mason

Veronica Mason (BSc, MA, PGCHE) is a Professional Youth and Community Worker (JNC Qualified) and university lecturer. She is very passionate about creating programmes of change which encourages the formation of positive self-identity and racial identity awareness. Veronica currently works for London Metropolitan University

and holds a master’s degree in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work, a BSc Degree in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

Dr Adrienne Milner

is an expert on race-ethnic inequality and Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on racial attitudes, policy preferences, and health outcomes to examine issues such as police brutality, discrimination in the NHS, and affirmative action.

Question and Answer Session

With thanks to Young Harrow Foundation for running this and the other YPF Webinar series during lockdown.  View all webinars HERE

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