Sussex Community NHS celebrating Black History Month
27 September 2019

Sussex Community celebrates Black History Month

October marks UK Black History Month, an annual celebration of the rich and varied contributions our African and Caribbean communities make to the United Kingdom. I am excited to share our plans with you for this engaging and educational occasion, honouring the accomplishments of black Britons throughout our history.

We have been working closely with our BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Staff Network to organise two fantastic events where we encourage both our staff and the public to attend. The Celebration of African Cultures will give you the chance to learn about personal care for our black patients and try on traditional African dress, while our Caribbean Carnival will be an afternoon of food, live steel drum music, and informative guest speakers.

'I am very passionate about making sure Sussex Community is an organisation that embraces inclusion and diversity at all levels. [...] Black History Month presents a great opportunity for all of our staff to gain a better appreciation and understanding of black culture. Sharing these experiences with BAME colleagues, then taking that learning back to our workplaces and out into the community, helps us to provide truly inclusive, culturally competent care. One of our strategy goals is thriving staff – we have committed to celebrating diversity across our Trust, and helping our people connect with each other in meaningful ways.'  Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive

We hope to see you at the events below:

Celebration of African cultures
Thursday 17 October | 1 - 4pm
Horsham Youth Centre, Hurst Road, RH12 2DN

1pm | welcome/ arrival
1.30pm | opening speech 
2pm | sort presentation on the African continent
2.15pm | poetry reading by Hannah Oguntade
2.30pm | African hairdressing / traditional dress session by Keisha
3pm | poetry reading by Daphne Adikini
3.15pm | closing remarks and African music

Celebration of Caribbean cultures
Wednesday 23 October | 1.45 - 4pm
Brighton General Hospital, Arundel Suite

1.45pm | welcome from Siobhan Melia, CEO
2pm | steelpan music and performance and food
2.15pm | guest speaker on Black British culture
2.45pm | performance and dancing from steelpan music, with a chance to learn how to play
3.45 - 4pm | finish 

Follow our BAME Staff Network Twitter for updates, news and photos: @sct_bame