In keeping with this year’s theme, we wanted to find out who inspires Sharon. She told us, “Maya Angelou inspires me. She was an American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist who, despite facing numerous hardships, including a difficult childhood and experiences of discrimination, she embraced her mission to thrive and make a meaningful impact. My favourite quote from her is “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”
Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. If you are interested in learning more, Sharon recommends the Windrush documentary on BBC iPlayer. She added, “The documentary marks fifty years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush and looks at how the black community has helped to shape Britain.”
Turning her attention to NWAS, she explains why she feels equality, diversity and inclusion is important for us as a trust. She said, “We live in a diverse society and NWAS’ footprint serves many multi-cultural communities. This diversity should be reflected within the workforce and in turn would encourage people from ethnic minorities to apply for jobs within the trust.”
As a trust, there is always ways in which we can improve and Sharon believes that we are making headway in that respect. She said, “The trust has acknowledged that there is racism within the workplace and is taking steps to tackle this unacceptable behaviour, which will be beneficial to both BME staff and our patients.”
To mark BHM, we are also sharing a special edition of Turn off the Blues. This podcast episode features Wes Proverbs, Paramedic and Chair of the REN. He talks about his life growing up as a mixed race black male and how the network is helping to create a more supportive and inclusive working environment for our staff and patients.
Listen to it today: Podcast – Turn off the blues – NWAS – North West Ambulance Service