Black History Month

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Black History Month

Black History Month runs throughout October and this year’s theme is ‘Proud to Be…’. Traditionally Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world.  However, this year we are again using it as an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of all people of colour and coming together in unity against racism, prejudice and injustice.

As part of this, staff from across the organisation have shared blogs about their culture, their achievements, why Black History Month is important to them and who inspires them. You can read them below. More will be added throughout the month. 

Ebony, Personal Assistant, shares her story

Ebony Smith, Personal Assistant

“Black history month is important for all it’s a time period of education, for myself it gives me chills to hear the struggles, achievements, progression and beauty black people have gone through. It makes me immensely proud.

“What do I do? I have been with the trust for nearly a year! The time has gone by sooo fast! I feel like I’ve blinked since my introduction in my first week to now being comfortable and confident within my role as a band 4 Personal Assistant. Joining the team through COVID has had its difficulties. Meeting new people via MS teams has seen the dreaded glitches! and slow internet! but I have had great support from the operational managers I support and my line manager. Being a personal assistant is a busy but rewarding job, to know I make a difference and can organise diaries and support with administration duties- easing the pressure from the managers I support makes me proud.

“What are my achievements? I have a few personal achievements that I am really proud of! Thinking professionally- representing the NHS is a massive achievement for me! I hope to shine a light and encourage more non-clinical BME staff into senior administration roles, so we have varied representation”

“Who inspires me? My family inspire me, we are a close family. We support and uplift each other and don’t tend to hold back with our opinions! My mum is my biggest supporter! I would be lost without her!”



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