October is Black History Month, and this year is extra special as we join the rest of the country in celebrating and recognising the contribution of all Black communities across our society. This year’s theme isĀ Time for Change: Action Not Words. Black heritage plays a significant part in NHS history and throughout October, we will celebrating the cultural heritage that makes the NHS one of the most inclusive and diverse organisations in the world.

Black History Month was launched in the UK on 1 October 1987 following a campaign by Akyaaba Addai Sebo who worked for Greater London Council (GLC) at the time.

The GLC selected October as Black History Month to coincide with Marcus Garvey celebrations and the London Jubilee. Black History Month recognises, rewards and celebrates the contribution made to our society over many years by the African and Caribbean communities. During Black History Month we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also those who contribute and to and help our society today.

At the Trust we are celebrating our people and are hosting a celebration event in colliers restaurant in The Trust on 11 October 11am-1pm.