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Voice4Change and ACEVO collaborate on Home Truths 2

Updated: May 21

ACEVO and Voice4Change England are proud to launch Home Truths 2 to drive anti-racist practice in civil society.

Home Truths 2 is an ambitious 18-month programme of activity from ACEVO and Voice4Change England, in collaboration with Dr. Sanjiv Lingayah, to help to convert positive attention and intent from civil society into serious action on anti-racism and race equity.

It builds on the findings of the Home Truths report launched in 2020 which concluded that civil society did not simply have a diversity problem, it had a racism problem.

The £120,000 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, together with funding from Barrow Cadbury Trust, Charities Aid Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation will see the Home Truths 2 project work with stakeholders in civil society organisations to take part in activity which seeks to move forward with positive action on anti-racism.

The National Lottery Community Fund takes an equity-based approach to its work, investing most in places, people and communities experiencing poverty, disadvantage and discrimination.

The activity within Home Truths 2 includes a survey to learn about the experience of those communities affected by racism in mainstream civil society, uncovering patterns of racism as well as the solutions that respondents think are advancing race equity in organisations.

Later in the autumn, the Home Truths 2 team will start recruitment for the ‘Further, Faster’ cohort of around 50 civil society leaders who are already taking substantive action towards race equity in their organisations. They will be invited to participate in a year of facilitated small group work, elevating and sharing their race equity practice and helping to demonstrate what ambitious action can look like.

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Jane Ide OBE, CEO ACEVO said

“Though some civil society leaders and organisations have moved decisively forward over recent years, as a sector there is so much more to be done. For that reason, the Home Truths team has reassembled to advance solutions in Home Truths 2.

“I’m incredibly proud of the role ACEVO has played in bringing these issues to the fore, and deeply committed to the work we are now launching that will help the sector as a whole move forward, at pace, towards becoming a truly anti-racist, equitable and just sector.”

Kunle Olulode MBE, Director Voice4Change England said

“The first Home Truths report showed us that racial inequality in the charity sector holds it back from fulfilling its core purpose and stalls progress towards racial equality in society.

Three years on from the publication of that report, Voice 4 Change England is excited to be once again working with ACEVO to drive forward the development of practical solutions and tangible action on anti-racist practice within mainstream civil society to ensure that not only will the charity sector become a better place to work for everyone but also drive progress towards real social equality in our society.”

Phil Chamberlain, England Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said

“Thanks to the dedication of staff at the Home Truths 2 project, and thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, this funding will be used to provide positive action to improve race equity in civil society. Our funding plays an important role in strengthening communities and we are delighted to see it being used to positively contribute to anti-racism.”


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