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End of Summer newsletter 2020

Greetings all, and welcome to JUST Lincolnshire's latest newsletter.  It has been far too long since our last news letter but rest assured JUST Lincolnshire has been busy working towards a fairer county and exploring how inequalities can be addressed, particularly during these strangest of times. I hope that some of the personal stories in our newsletter provide an insight into how life during ‘lockdown’ has been for some people. We are also part way through our series of ‘Courageous Conversations’ as we seek to explore the impact of recent events on the county of Lincolnshire and I hope that you will find our recorded webinars impactful and meaningful.

We are all still facing a future that is uncertain and unsettling, but be rest assured that as we seek to navigate this new territory JUST Lincolnshire will continue to work towards a fairer county for all and strongly believes that communities are at their best when they work together and listen and learn together.
It is certain that when we emerge from the spectre of COVID -19 it will not be as the same society that entered it; but let’s not be deterred from seeing the best in each other, and working towards a future where we are all valued and have a voice that is heard.


Wes Shelbourne 
General manager 



Courageous Conversations in Turbulent Times
Since March 2020, Lincolnshire, along with the rest of the United Kingdom has entered unprecedented and disorientating times as we all seek to adjust to a ‘new normal’ during a time of global pandemic.
During this time stark inequalities and associated issues have been highlighted and brought to the fore particularly by the #BlackLivesMatters movement and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities. It is clear that “we are all in the same storm but not in the same boat”.
JUST Lincolnshire is facilitating a series of conversations in order to highlight inequalities, amplify seldom heard voices and learn more of the impact of these issues on different sectors.


Criminal justice:
 The proposed series of conversations are as follows all events starting at 10:30-11:45: -   
  October 14th
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   November 4th 
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  Culture & Arts  
November 19th
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  December 9th 
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Courageous conversation-Third sector blog

JUST Lincolnshire held our first Courageous Conversation on 27th August, and it was held in conjunction with Voluntary Centre Service. The conversation was exploring the impact on the Third Sector on recent global and local events. The conversation was extremely insightful and impactful with plenty for attendees to take away with them. ​

The link to the recording of the conversation can be found here.

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Courageous conversation-Criminal Justice blog

JUST Lincolnshire held our second Courageous Conversation on 8th September 2020. The conversation was exploring the impact on the criminal justice system of recent global and local events. The conversation was extremely insightful and impactful with plenty for attendees to take away with them. ​

There was a great sense of the positive impact all sectors, working together, could have on the criminal justice system especially around education.

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Hidden disabilities

JUST Lincolnshire have been raising awareness around the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme for some time now.  However during the recent restrictions and requirements to wear a mask for protection of ourselves and others, we have been made aware that sadly some people without a hidden disability have been obtaining the lanyards in an attempt to demonstrate that they are exempt  from wearing a mask due to a medical reason.  This sadly has brought some discredit to the Scheme and takes away its value for those who have a genuine need.  This video is a reminder what the scheme is all about.



Anne's story
Anne contributes a lot of her experience and time to supporting JUST Lincolnshire, as a volunteer Ambassador.  This is how it is for Anne.  We are all guilty sometimes of not looking beyond what we see.  Anne lives with M.E. and this is how daily life is for her and how lockdown has been for her.


Ambassadors & Forums

To read Anne's full story click here

JUST Lincolnshire – Celebrates BHM2020

JUST Lincolnshire – Celebrates BHM2020

As we #Celebrate Black History Month we have a call to action for you from 

Reaching higher: #EDUCATE #EMPOWER #EVOLVE 

How We Got Here

'How We Got Here' – A Black History Teaching Series. (went live 1st July - 12th August 2020)

Our aim with this series is to educate and empower young people and adults with knowledge surrounding Black British History as well as an insight into African American History. Our hope is to enhance people’s understanding of the history behind systemic racism within the western world, thus evolving the ongoing conversation about race, which has been ignited since the recent horrific murder of George Floyd. 

'How We Got Here' will be taught by one of our amazing  long serving volunteers, Joshua Preye Garry. As a qualified history teacher, Joshua has a range of insight and experience educating young people about Black history and has kindly donated his expertise and time to bring this series to life. Reaching Higher is merely the vehicle to launch this teaching series but we know the importance of building community and believe that together we can achieve more!

Starting on Wednesday 1st July 2020, 'How We Got Here' will be a 7 week series delivered via Zoom & Google Classroom.  You can take part by yourself, with family, friends or as an organisation. 

This is now available for you to watch at your own time and for you to share. Our Marketer went on the course with her family and found it enlightening and inspiring its a high recommendation from Angeletia.
Watch all 7 sessions here

Events, news and stories

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for rest of the easy read information on Flu jabs click here


10th - 17th October 2020


Hate crime

If you feel you have been subject to hate crime report it. "In 2018/19, there were 103,379 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, an increase of 10 per cent compared with 2017/18 (94,121 offences)"Hate crime, England and Wales, 2018 to 2019 publication page


Remember to book on to the next Courageous conversation Event

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JUST Lincolnshire is aware that we are just one organisation seeking to bring change in this area. This cannot be done alone, and we would like to hear from any group or individual that shares our values and are keen to work together to drive this change forward.

For further information please contact:           Wes Shelbourne


                                                                        01522 520174/ 07867 385826


JUST Lincolnshire works across the county aiming to challenge discrimination and stereotypes and make a real difference in the lives of individuals and local communities.

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