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How we approach inclusion

At SEL Mind we take inclusion seriously. We recognise that this is an evolving process that requires a continuous review of our approaches, attitudes and the general culture.

So what are we doing about it?

In April 2019, we created an Inclusion Review Group (IRG) consisting of service users, staff, volunteers, trustees and external experts. The aim of the group was to help create a more inclusive organisation with a greater understanding of all those we support and interact with, resulting in a meaningful, positive change in culture and practice.

After 18 months of detailed work, the group produced the SEL Mind Inclusion Review Report (published October 2020). This information has generated recommendations for us to achieve in the short, medium and long-term.

The recommendations focus on a range of areas within the organisation, including our approach to engagement and recruitment, our language and imagery as well as concentrating on how relevant and accessible our services are to diverse groups of people.

We will always be working towards a number of recommendations at any one time, but below are some of the things we have achieved so far.

See what we actioned in 2021

October 2023 actions

  1. EDI Skillshare lunches – a programme of topics set up by Shukri Mohamed (HoS Greenwich) – open drop-in sessions for all staff members to discuss their experiences and expertise with EDI topics, sharing learning across the organisation. First group in October covered Black History Month
  2. Greenwich & Bromley Mental Health Hubs Inequalities Projects – we have been awarding grants to small voluntary sector and community groups in Bromley & Greenwich that work to reduce inequalities in wellbeing and mental health.
  3. Greenwich Queer Space – a safe space group run by LGBTQIA+ counsellors. The meetings are welcoming and completely informal, and open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and lives in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

April 2023 actions

  1. Training on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Awareness and Inclusion arranged for staff
  2. LGBTQ+ and Young Parents groups added to our Mindful Mums service provision in Lewisham, with existing Diversity Matters groups to continue
  3. Registered with the Disability Confident scheme, committing to a number of actions to improve inclusion for disabled people

October 2022 actions

1. Lived-experience informed sessions on neurodiversity and better supporting Muslim communities provided to staff across SEL Mind.

2. Recruitment of Inequalities Project Workers within the Bromley and Greenwich Mental Health Hubs, to focus on building relationships within the local communities and helping the service address inequalities.

3. We signed the Greenwich Equity and Equality Charter.

April 2022 recommendations and actions

1. Recommendation
Recruit Inclusion Champions from across the organisation.

15 Inclusion Champions recruited and undergoing training for the role.

2. Recommendation
Seek out opportunities to develop targeted services for marginalised and under-served communities.

Funding secured to develop our Mindful Mums programme for expectant and new mothers to specifically meet the needs of culturally diverse communities in Lewisham, including through a new befriending service.

3. Recommendation
Explore how to encourage Leadership Teams to be curious, ask questions and not make assumptions.

All SEL Mind Trustees and Senior Managers received Unconscious Bias and Anti-Racism training. Inclusion is a focus of the Leadership Development Programme being delivered to over 20 leaders across SEL Mind from April-July 2022.