Charlton focuses on communities learning about and tackling racial inequality and social injustice in 2020 and beyond…

Charlton Athletic Community Trust is committed to raising awareness and recognising the outstanding contributions that black communities have made while providing opportunities for colleagues and its local communities to learn about, and to tackle, racial inequality and social injustice.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of cultural diversity which commemorates the history and achievements of black people and black communities. This year, our network celebrated Black History Month back in October.

As a Trust rooted in the heart of the community, the Trust has a long history of working with local organisations to fight discrimination. For Black History Month this year, an initiative focused a ‘Spotlight’ on Trust staff and Trustees, by asking them what their hopes for black communities are in the future and what the month means to them.

The responses were then created into stories and pushed out across the Club and Trusts’ various platforms.

Staff shared their delight in their CACT roles which allow them to engage with and share life experiences with future generations, and at being able to connect with young people in their community.

Hearing amazing feedback and the success stories that come through the programmes was also highlighted as one of the most fulfilling aspects of the job and the ultimate in career satisfaction.

One of the CACT Trustee’s, Martin Griffiths, a Clinical Director for Violence Reduction in NHS London, shared his views and appreciation; citing working and learning from an amazing array of talented individuals who place the wellbeing and empowerment of the community at its heart.

“Achieving true equality requires hard work and commitment, and for us to be honest with ourselves and each other.”

“I would hope that the next generation live their lives in OUR society rather than thriving in a separate one.”