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Black Lives Matter | Diverse Cymru Statement

Diverse Cymru stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movements in Wales, the UK and internationally.

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the USA and the large scale protests across Wales and the UK demonstrate that there is still widespread systemic racism, discrimination and injustice not just in the USA, but in this country too.

As an equality organisation it is this discrimination and injustice that we seek to tackle every day. Numerous studies have detailed that there are significant mental health, health and justice inequalities for Black and minority ethnic people. We work tirelessly to improve mental health services for Black and minority ethnic people. This takes several forms: the campaigning work that we do at the highest level, our one to one BME mental health recovery support programmes, and our young people’s engagement project Hype Cymru. Finally, through the Diverse Cymru Good Practice Workplace Certification Scheme we are helping to provide culturally appropriate mental health services that make a practical ongoing positive difference to people of colour in Wales.

As an organisation we work to ensure that our staff and the people who use our services are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. Black Lives Matter, and deserve more than mattering. Black Lives deserve support, care, attention and parity. We are keen to ensure that when the hashtag drops out of the public consciousness, a commitment to systemically changing approaches to people of colour continues.

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Diverse Cymru is a pan-Wales equality and diversity charity – working to ensure equality for all. Diverse Cymru’s vision is to help create a nation without prejudice or discrimination, where every person is equal and diversity is celebrated, and our mission is to eliminate discrimination and inequality.