#AllOfUs Redundancy Care Campaign
12 August 2020
#AllOfUs Redundancy Care Campaign is a ground-breaking and unprecedented initiative that has been developed from the urgent need to support our Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and migrant colleagues in the cultural sector who are at high risk of redundancies, or who have already lost work because of COVID-19.
They are people working across the UK arts scene as ushers and administrators, in learning and participation and box office roles, and as creatives and craftspeople. The very roles now under threat of redundancy.
We know colleagues who have already lost work, been laid off or seen a significant reduction to their income. Many are struggling with basic survival as a consequence – rent, bills and essentials such as food and travel – and all in the midst of a global pandemic that is disproportionately impacting Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and migrant communities.
#AllOfUs is calling on cultural leaders from across the sector and on everyone who values the arts to personally support this campaign to ensure we don’t lose the gains we’ve made over the last 20 years in diversifying our workforce. Your donation will directly support those in financial crisis, suffering from anxiety and needing practical skills to go back to work.
#AllOfUs will present a series of programmes starting with #HereToStay in August. This will be a 4-week package of practical support to help upskill and empower workers who face employment uncertainty to regain their confidence in the workplace. Recipients will get financial assistance, coaching, mentoring, masterclasses, plus CV and application guidance, delivered by a team of senior arts professionals with a wealth of experience. The programme is open to people working across all art forms, including theatre, music, dance, comedy, museums and galleries.
Join us in showing our diverse workforce that they are valued and wanted – the arts cannot afford to lose them!
We will provide assistance to those in financial crisis and suffering from anxiety, as well as a four-week programme of practical support to upskill and empower workers who face employment uncertainty. The #HereToStay programme will include masterclasses, coaching, mentoring, plus CV and application guidance from leading experts in the sector. For more details on how to apply, please continue to scroll down.
The global pandemic has amplified inequalities experienced by people from ethnic and diverse backgrounds who work in the arts and cultural sector. The Government announced the £1.57bn rescue package amidst widespread redundancies across venues nationwide. Our concern is that much of these redundancies weigh towards staff in public-facing and junior roles, which is further compounded by statistics that Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and migrant arts workers are most likely to be in those roles. We cannot afford a talent drain in the sector and community.
Created by Black Womxn In Theatre (BWIT) and Eclipse Theatre, with the support of the Bush Theatre, the #AllofUs Redundancy Care Campaign will help those in crisis and prepare workers for their journey back into the workplace.
How can you support: