Looking to make a difference? There are lots of anti-racism charities that are working hard to root out racism for good around the country — and they need your help.
If you have felt affected by the hate crimes surrounding football players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the Euro 2021 final and are wondering how to help, why not learn more about the UK's brilliant anti-racism charities?
Whether you want to donate, volunteer or think they might be a helpful contact for someone you know, these organisations are worth having on your radar.
Take a look at how you can get involved with their campaigns below:
1. Show Racism the Red Card
The UK's leading anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card provides educational workshops, multimedia packages, training sessions and a plethora of other resources to help tackle racism in society. First established in 1996, the charity now delivers training to more than 50,000 individual every year, utilising the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message.
2. Stand Against Racism & Inequality: SARI
Charity SARI provides support for victims for any type of hate crimes, including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age-based or gender-based. Forming in 1991, it was the brainchild of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) housing provider United Housing Association, who had a vision to support victims of hate crimes.
As well as this, the charity also works with children, young people and schools, providing support to those facing racist and other hate incidents.
3. The Runnymede Trust
The UK's leading independent race equality think tank, The Runnymede Trust challenges race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. From racism in secondary schools to educating workplaces, they are doing all they can to make a difference.
4. Race On The Agenda: ROTA
One of the UK's leading anti-racist change drivers, ROTA works closely with communities impacted by systemic racism. Prioritising mental health, education and criminal justice, the work they do is actively informed by the lived experiences of ethnic communities and their organisations.
5. Race Equality First
With over 40 years of experience, Race Equality First exists to tackle discrimination and hate crime across the UK. From training to anti-racism competitions in schools, they are passionate about helping people and changing lives.
The charity says: "We are experts in the field of race equality and advise the United Nations and the UK Government. REF is now the only Race Equality Council in Wales with the specific remit to address racial equality and we are one of the four remaining Race Equality Councils in the UK."
6. Kick It Out
Kick It Out is football's equality and inclusion organisation, working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination. The representation body for football supporters, the charity is calling on England fans to stop the boos, support the team and applaud players taking the knee.
7. Stand Up To Racism UK
Stand Up To Racism is a nationwide movement which exists create a society where racism is no more. From The March Against Racism to campaigns, the charity plans to host another huge demonstration against all forms of racism. "Unity is our strength so we cannot let racism divide us," they say.
8. Black Minds Matter UK
Black Minds Matter connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services, removing the stigma and remodelling the services to be relevant for the Black community. Every penny donated goes towards connecting Black families and individuals with Black therapists to provide free sessions. Why not give what you can today?
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