Third Sector Podcast: #NotJustNCVO resources

This week's episode looks at what support is available for those affected by discrimination and bullying in the sector

This week, features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt recap the news about the NCVO equality, diversity and inclusion report, which found evidence of “bullying and harassment” on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability happening “with impunity” at all levels of the organisation. 

The story sparked a Twitter campaign #NotJustNCVO, where people detailed their own experiences of discrimination and bullying within the voluntary sector. 

Rebecca and Emily share resources where people affected by the issues raised by the report and the campaign can seek support. These include: 

  •  National Bullying Helpline, which has a section of its website dedicated to workplace bullying and offers legal information as well as support. To access that, visit the website or or call 0300 323 0169.
  • There’s also the whistleblowing charity Protect, which you can reach at or on 020 3117 2520. 
  • The Mental Health Foundation's list explaining what help is available and which organisations can offer support. 
  • Scope's helpline, which you can call on on 0808 800 3333
  • The Equality Advisory and Support Service helpline, which can be accessed here.

They also share their coronavirus care package - good news stories from the sector this week. These include:

  • Comic Relief’s new £2.8m Global Majority Fund for small grassroots UK-based projects tackling racial inequality.
  • The RSPB and BirdLife International’s work on the Albatross task force, which is finding new ways to prevent seabirds being caught up in fishing lines.
  • Ruth McBain, a volunteer for the Ilkley branch of the neighbourhood charity Ilkley and District Good Neighbours, who didn’t let a bit of snow stop her delivering groceries to service users - instead, she delivered the shopping on a sledge.
  • The Ivar funders pledge, which is hoped will help create a flexible, supportive approach to funding that lasts beyond the pandemic.
  • The radio host and I’m A Celebrity star Jordan North’s on-air mistake which led to an unexpected windfall for a greyhound charity.
  • The news that recipients of the RNLI’s medal for long service have between them clocked up an incredible 39,000 years.

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