Patrick Vernon OBE is a social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian

Posted on: 07/08/2020 in YPF Webinars , Black Lives Matter
He has over twenty years’ senior leadership experience working across mental health, public health, heritage and ethnic equality and is well known in health, local government and the voluntary sector. In 2018 he kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. Patrick is currently Associate Director for Connected Communities at the Centre for Ageing Better, Equality and Diversity Adviser to Lambeth Council, Chair of Citizens Partnership for Healthcare Investigation Branch (HSIB) and Senior Associate at OLMEC.

Patrick is a Patron of ACCI a long established black mental health charity in Wolverhampton and Patron of Santé a social enterprise in Camden which supports and befriends refugees and asylum seekers across London. Patrick is Vice Chair of the Bernie Grant Trust and a board member of 38 Degrees. He received and OBE in 2012 for his work in Ethnic Equality and Health. He was awarded an honorary PhD by Wolverhampton University in 2018 for his campaigning and writing on culture, history and migration. In 2019 Patrick received the SMK Lifetime Achievement Award for campaigning

WEBINAR 8: BLACK LIVES MATTER, LET’S HAVE THAT CONVERSATION…..

It has never been more important to come together and have an open dialogue about Culture, Heritage and identity (CHI). On the 25th May, George Floyd, a 46-year old African-American man, was murdered in broad daylight by the police in Minneapolis.

YPF’s would therefore like to explore with a panel of professionals in the field of open CHI dialogue, to support of our members in how to hold a conversation with young people.

With that in mind, we will be holding a Webinar via zoom.

Any realistic chance of tackling such deeply complex problems (such as structural racism within society) and bring about meaningful change has to begin with our deep desire to want to connect with those whose experiences may differ from our own. It is so important to be curious, to challenge our own thinking, and to be willing to step out of our comfort zones to find new ways to act towards each other with respect, kindness and understanding.