Allyship uses a person's or group's influence and power to support others from marginalised groups and communities. Allyship can take on many different forms in the workplace:
- Amplifying the voices of people who may not always have a voice in higher-level meetings and discussions.
- Highlighted the employee experiences at meetings and discussions.
- Creating space and opportunities for growth and development
- Acting as a sponsor and a source of support
- Speaking up when someone or a group of people are unfairly treated
Why is allyship important at Whittington Health?
Inclusion is everyone's business, and everyone is responsible for promoting it within the Trust! Allyship plays a core role in achieving this responsibility by advocating for people from marginalised groups, raising awareness of issues, and helping make a fairer working environment.
There is a common misconception that only senior leaders can be impactful allies; this is not true! A colleague providing support and advice or being an advocate is just one everyday example of how staff can be allies for each other.
All of the Trust's staff networks encourage allies to attend their meetings.
While there are many different forms of allyship within Whittington Health, one of the core groups where allyship is at its core is the Staff Inclusion Group. The group meet bimonthly to discuss inclusion issues throughout the Trust. It is attended by a variety of different people/groups that include:-
- Human Resources
- Organisation Development
- Trade Unions
- The Trust's Staff Networks
- Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
- See Me First Founders
The Inclusion Team work closely with the group members to ensure that we deliver on the inclusion goals we have set ourselves.
Last updated20 Sep 2023