Greater Manchester Race Equality Change Agents Programme

The Greater Manchester Race Equality Change Agents Programme has been successful in being funded by the Greater Manchester Workforce Collaborative to deliver another two cohorts of up to 40 participants each over the next 18 months with cohort 3 starting on the 13th January 2022.

Places for the programme are completely free of charge and full support will be offered from our Northern Care Alliance Inclusion Centre of Excellence Team for the full duration of the programme (around 12 months per cohort). The only eligibility for participation is that colleagues work at least in part across the Greater Manchester Area and work for either a Public or Third Sector Organisation. This includes colleagues across all NHS Organisations, all local authorities, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance services, Higher and Further Education and colleagues working across the third sector.

Download an application form to join the Race Equality Change Agents Programme and return it to equality@pat.nhs.uk

The application deadline is Friday the 3rd December 2021.

Programme outcomes
  • Support for a participant to deliver 6-12 month workforce race equality focussed project on an issue or topic they feel they able to influence and have an impact within their current job role.
  • Following the course participants will have had access to a high quality EDI focussed curriculum that will impart a range of skills to equip them to support their own organisation around EDI activity. The programme has a strong focus on developing sustainable project management and influencing skills which will add value to their wider workplace role and their own continued professional development.
  • Each project will be evaluated with key learning identified to support organisations focus EDI activity and work where it is likely to have the biggest impact.
  • We will use the collective learning from our RECAP cohorts and project evaluations to provide advice and support to the wider Greater Manchester System on the types of projects and activities which are having the biggest positive impact around reducing racial inequalities and supporting our staff across our organisations.
Commitment for organisations participating
  • Advertising for the programme is the responsibility of each Public & Third Sector Organisation Across Greater Manchester whose staff are eligible to apply. We are happy to advise and answer any questions to support EDI Leads or Comms Teams but our role is as a learning provider and we will simply be reviewing applications we receive and moving on to deliver the programme to those who are successful at application stage.
  • We ask that all applicants have the complete support of their line manager and a senior sponsor within the organisation to ensure that they are able to manage their own capacity while still contributing successfully to the programme.
  • We ask that all applicants are given around 8hrs release time each month for six months and 4hrs each month for the remaining six months to participate fully in both the educational seminars but also have time to work on their race equality focussed projects. This needs to be agreed by their line manager prior to being accepted onto the programme.
  • We ask that all applicants attend a minimum of four of the six educational modules we deliver over the first six months of the programme and we encourage everyone to prioritise attendance at all six of the seminars so that they receive the support and learning to have the best chance of success at achieving their projects goals.
  • We ask that participants are encouraged to join RECAP not simply because of their job title or any protected characteristics they hold. Colleagues should be encouraged to apply based on their own genuine commitment to tackle institutional racism and racial inequalities we see across our workplaces and they have an idea they feel with support they could make a positive impact with.
  • We would recommend that where an organisation has a participant who is successful in joining RECAP that they be given a Senior Leader Colleague as a sponsor to support them with navigating any local challenges they may face and championing their project at a senior level.

Further information is available at https://www.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk/about-us/equality-diversity-inclusion/regional-race-equality-initiatives