Young Westminster Foundation has signed a new pledge as part of the Young People’s Foundation (YPF) Trust. This pledge is our shared collective statement, that as a group of organisations, we have a commitment to developing a culturally competent approach across our network.
“Cultural Competence ensures that practice in the delivery of services to diverse communities meets their needs, recognises the differences in culture that exist and ensures that services are appropriately available and delivered successfully by skilled practitioners, thereby reducing inequalities that may affect particular groups of society.”
Cultural Competence – Promoting Leadership and Organisational Change, Meera Spillett
This pledge follows the Cultural Competency work facilitated by the Staff College for the Young People’s Foundation (YPF) Trust.
Young People’s Foundations work with and support diverse communities. Our member organisations are grassroots non-profits supporting young people in our communities. Many of these organisations are led by global majority groups. As YPFs we work with our members to elevate their work and voices.
We recognise the impact of poverty and racism on our communities. We aim to work actively alongside communities rather than ‘doing to them’ and take an intersectional approach. We also acknowledge the additional impact of discrimination experienced by women, disabled people and LGBT+ people of the global majority.
As YPFs, we have a shared commitment to developing a culturally competent approach across our network. This involves working within our respective YPFs with our teams, trustees, member and partner organisations as well as a collective across our YPFs.
This means ensuring that:
- our diverse communities are represented in our organisations and structures
- we design programmes that deliver and represent the needs of our diverse communities
- we support, develop, advocate and work in partnership with global majority people and organisations throughout our networks.