Published On: 23rd April 2024

The Access Foundation Supporting Diversity in Education

The Foundation has awarded a total of £22,641 to support the work of two organisations that promote diversity and inclusivity in education. Stonewall and Codebar support young people who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and those from minority groups.

In British schools, nearly half of all LGBT pupils still face bullying. For this to change, widespread education is needed to help encourage young people to respect their peers and appreciate difference.

Stonewall is a UK charity with the core aim to advance the freedom, equity and potential for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people in the UK and worldwide. With work grounded in evidence and expertise, Stonewall’s campaigns drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy, and help to ensure LGBTQ+ people can thrive by building deep, sustained change programmes with the institutions that have the biggest impact on individuals.

The £5,000 grant from the Access Foundation has funded the production of three short films that were an integral part of Stonewall’s CPD accredited e-learning, which is the main way they deliver training to school/college staff and children and young people’s services staff in England, Scotland and Wales. Online training improves the tools, knowledge and confidence of learners to better support LGBTQ+ children and young people and make their settings more LGBTQ+ inclusive.

It was estimated that these films would reach a minimum of 1000 education and youth professionals supporting more than 750,000 children and young people per year. This highlights the sheer amount of people that benefit from these videos.

Sarah Rose, Senior Children and Young People Programmes Manager for Stonewall stated:

“We know our learners want to hear more from settings that demonstrate good practice in supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people. We will be able to bring that good practice to life through these films and showcase how to create LGBTQ+ inclusive learning environments.”

Codebar started out of recognition that there is a huge shortage of women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, and people belonging to underrepresented ethnic groups in the technology industry. Over 10 years, they have built a UK-wide ‘Codebar Community’ where people of all backgrounds can access free training and tech support. This outstanding charity believes in the strength that diversity brings and the importance of diverse thinking in an industry where innovation is a constant.

The £17, 641 grant from the Access Foundation funds Codebar’s free online and face to face coding workshops, the sessions teach a range of computer languages and create unprecedented training and networking opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech.

The goal is to make technology and coding more accessible whilst building a new generation of talent in the industry.

Kimberly Cook, Charity Director for Codebar said:

“Receiving this grant means a huge deal to us. It covers all running costs for 4 months of workshops, both in-person and virtual and enables us to provide vital training to marginalised people”.