West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership launch anti-racism movement

Cllr Pandor at Huddersfield Town FCWest Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit alongside 500 organisations and community allies launched the area’s anti-racism movement today (Monday 23 August).

Movement supporters include NHS organisations, councils, West Yorkshire Police, Healthwatch, hospices, universities, housing associations, unions, and the voluntary community social enterprise sector. High profile supporters include Cllr Shabir Pandor leader of Kirklees Council who is also the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership lead for the movement; West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin; Yorkshire Cricket Club; Yorkshire Sports Foundation, Keighley Cougars, The Leeds United Foundation, Community Foundation at Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls Foundation, Castleford Tigers and Halifax Panthers (rugby) to name a few.

Thank you for standing in solidarity to root out racismA recommendation from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership review in October 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities, the movement has been co-produced with colleagues from ethnic minority communities. It spotlights the experiences of staff and allies from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and illustrates their views of racism. Imagery from the campaign will be displayed outdoors and on buses, as well as across social media with the hashtag #WYHRootOutRacism. It includes a suite of educational resources to encourage people to better inform themselves on anti-racist behavior’s and practices, whilst linking to training and people’s life stories.

Built from colleagues’ insight, evidence shows that people from ethnic minority backgrounds continue to face health inequalities and discrimination in their communities and workplace.

Comments include:

“Racism started before I was even born. It’s been always there, having to work twice as hard, always working harder to be seen, to feel visible; not as valued as your White colleagues and that just became a standard.”

“I’m getting way more stares, people looking at you just because of your skin tone. I’m being faced with racism from kids who are 5-6 years old. Of all racism I’ve encountered, that’s probably the most shocking, that’s the racism coming from kids.”

“Stereotypes, assumptions that are made about me as a Black man, professionally or socially. Simple things like when I go on a bus, being the last person to be sat next to, or when the cashier puts the change into people’s hands but when it comes to you, she puts it in the counter.”

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader for Kirklees Council and Movement Ambassador said:Cllr Shabir Pandor_1000_sq.jpg

"Rooting out racism is incredibly important for Kirklees and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. I’m delighted that 500 organisations and community allies including the West Yorkshire Mayor and Deputy Mayor are getting behind this movement to root out racism. We really are stronger together and only by working side by side with colleagues and communities locally and across West Yorkshire and Harrogate can we proactively change society for the better for everyone".

Alison Lowe, West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and the joint national APCC Lead for Race Disparity said:Alison Lowe_sq.jpg

"The support generated across West Yorkshire for this anti-racism movement represents yet another step toward meaningful and real change.  As a Black woman, I can tell you that I have been on the receiving end of racism over the years, which has left me feeling scared and disengaged from society. This unified approach to rejecting such behaviours and practices, however, means that we are pushing open the door yet another notch, confronting the negative stereotypes and perceptions that exist".

Director of the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh said:Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh.jpg

“We are committed to tackling racism in all its forms and by putting people’s experiences first, we can better understand how we can collectively confront it. I’m pleased that the Violence Reduction Unit is a key partner in this work. We each have the responsibility to recognise the issues that exist and by working together to address them, we have more chance of achieving positive changes to racial equality across our area”.

Rob Webster (CBE), CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership said:Rob Webster_sq.JPG

“To change people’s behaviours, we must change people’s minds. This movement aims to make people stop and think, to try to better understand what is going on beneath the surface for people, and in response, act on these feelings to make a real change in their community. This movement is part of a range of interventions and builds on our awarding wining system leadership work and fellowship programmes. We can all make a difference and eliminate racism from our places of work, community spaces and homes. Together we can root out racism”.

You can register to join the movement at http://ow.ly/lWB250FBmYt

Find out more and access free resources at https://www.wypartnership.co.uk/rootoutracism

Photos from the launch

See more photos from the launch events held across West Yorkshire and Harrogate on the Root Out Racism photo gallery page


Standing together for the Root Out Racism launch in Wakefield


Standing together for the Root Out Racism launch in Wakefield


HDTF senior team holding a Root Out Racism sign prop

Root Out Racism wall

Root Out Racism wall


(photos by  Victor De Jesus)




Mel Pickup signing the Root out racism banner at the launch event in Centenary Square

Helen Hirst adding her signature

Helen Hirst

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