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# Issue 1 - January 2021
Welcome to the Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group newsletter


Welcome to the first bulletin from Bristol’s Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group (RESLG) where we will be sharing news from the group, highlights and recent developments in our work.

The bulletin will provide information and updates on what is happening, and is for you to share with your colleagues and wider stakeholders. In future bulletins we will also feature the work of the Human Resources (HR) Leaders' Group.
We hope to reach as wide an audience as possible to raise awareness of the work of the group with stakeholders across the city. The bulletin will be sent bi-monthly or more frequently if needed.
If you or your organisation would like to contribute to future bulletins, please get in touch at or contact
You can find out lots more about the work of the group online.
Best wishes,
Mike Jackson, Chair, Bristol Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group
Bristol hosts city wide race equality gathering

Late last year on Wednesday 25 November we hosted  Bristol's first city-wide race equality gathering. This was a significant step forwards in connecting the city on tackling race inequality.  The event was attended by over 70 race equality leaders.  Delegates included the Mayor, leaders of Bristol’s race equality networks, major public sector agencies, One City partners, many national leaders and the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit.

During the gathering eight of Bristol’s race equality groups (listed below) showcased their work to encourage future collaboration in tackling race inequality.
  • Bristol Muslim Strategic Leadership Group
  • Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group
  • Commission on Race Equality
  • Covid-19 Race Equality Steering Group
  • Bristol Equalities Network
  • Race Equality in Education Group
  • Lammy Review Group
  • Race Equality HR Leaders' Group
Key decisions made at the gathering included:
  • Agreement to work collectively on a One City level to tackle race inequality 
  • Commitment to deliver a series of race equality events on a wide range of key themes for partners, community groups and wider city stakeholders
  • Agreement to host a high profile conference in 2021 to engage the whole city following on from the success of the Race and the City Conference
  • To create a city wide network to share updates and communications between the many key groups within Bristol.
  If you have any questions in relation to the November gathering please contact
Race and The City Conference 2019
Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group (RESLG) website
As part of our plans for 2020-2021, we committed to creating a website so that we could tell the story of the group, provide information on membership and highlight key outputs from our work. The new website means that information is available to anyone who is interested.
Contact details for partners and stakeholders are also on the website so that people can ask questions and contact the group with potential collaborative opportunities.
Users can also find messages from key group leaders, our reports, video footage of events and data products on the RESLG website.
Here is the link to the Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group website.
Inclusivity at its best - Stepping Up programme wins prestigious award

Bristol City Council’s Stepping Up leadership programme was named ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative’ and ‘Overall Winner’ at the Chartered Institute for Professional Development People Management awards 2020. Judges said the programme was ‘inclusivity at its best.'

The Stepping Up programme gives people from under-represented ethnically diverse communities, women and disabled groups formal leadership training and the chance to ‘step up’ in challenging roles across the public and private sector.

“Stepping up not only increases your learning, but your opportunities and motivation.  I felt re-energised after each module and ready to take on challenges when I returned to work.  Stepping Up provides a safe environment in which you can challenge, test and grow yourself. The programme provides you with the experience you so often need to become a leader yet just can’t get through your day to day job.  So grab the opportunity, you won’t look back” Gait Collins, Finance Manager, Bristol City Council

Since being launched by Baroness MacGregor-Smith and the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, in January 2018, the programme has won five awards and 149 participants have graduated from the Stepping Up initiative. The impact of the programme has been far reaching both within Bristol City Council and across partner organisations.

More than 50 per cent of the participants have stepped into more senior roles, while 20 per cent applied for magistrate opportunities, directly impacting on fair representation of ethnically diverse communities within the judiciary system.

Horumar (Going Forward in Somali) is the spin out Somali Women’s Development Programme opening career pathways for Somali women. The development of Horumar was led by Stepping Up participants.

Apply for Stepping Up 
Recruitment for the Stepping Up 2021 programme will start at the end of January. Anyone interested in finding out more about Stepping Up can join one of our online briefings:
  • 26 January, 10am
  • 4 February, 5pm
Register for a briefing on Eventbrite.

Sponsor a participant
Stepping Up is calling for organisations to sponsor participants not only in their own organisation but also potential participants who may not be able to pay for the programme themselves. The cost of the programme is £2500.
Become a mentor
Join our dynamic network of mentors, and make a difference in the professional life of our participants.

“My mentor from Osborne Clarke became my role model. She shaped how I look at the future. I learnt the importance of having clear written goals in all aspects of my life –health, finance, career and family. Goal setting is now one of my favourite activities” Zahra Kosar, Cohort 2, Founder Horumar
More information can be found on the Stepping Up website or contact
Stepping Up Participants 2019
Tackling Race Inequality in 2020 - Bristol’s Public Sector Agencies Progress Report. 
The RESLG has produced a progress report showing how major Public Sector agencies have addressed their top three Race Equality Priorities for 2020 / 2021.
It is hoped that this document can also be a helpful tool for HR Leaders and Race Equality teams within partner organisations as it helps to display the range of initiatives and challenges being focused on

The updates set out in the document also highlight some of the good practice examples being delivered across Bristol which may be of interest to partners.

Publishing this progress report against these priorities was an agreed commitment of the group for this year.

If you would like a copy of the report please contact
Your City – Your Jobs
Your City - Your Jobs events are for ethnically diverse communities giving people the opportunity to get to know HR Leaders from large organisations, and helping to break down the perception that large organisations are impersonal.

Participants met with the HR Leaders from a number of local organisations allowing them to find out about the different job opportunities open to them.  This triggered a good deal of interest and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) in particular fed back how well this worked for their health service vacancies.

The Your City - Your Jobs recruitment events were held online by the HR Leaders' Group and follow on from the previously successful face to face events held at the Malcolm X Centre and the Trinity Centre.
More events are planned. If you would like to be involved in future events please contact –

Delivery of collaborative recruitment events was a stated aim of our annual work plan.
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