Black Lives Matter

A response from Sheffield Flourish

In solidarity, grief and rage with our Black siblings in the UK and USA we have collated a list of resources from Sheffield and beyond aimed at supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging white folk to educate themselves in anti-racism work.

Here at Sheffield Flourish, we are a predominantly white team. Although we all have intersecting identities and experiences we realise that the majority of us benefit from the structures of white privilege. We are working hard as a team to educate ourselves in regards to race equity* and how we as a local charity rooted in the community can do more to change the systems and structures that are played out across our city and in the UK more generally. We are aware of the fact that people of colour are over-represented in mental health wards, but under-represented in community services.

Please learn with us.

Charities and Organisations in Sheffield

If you know of a charitable organisation in Sheffield that is Black led or works with Black folks related to mental health please email the Mental Health Guide [email protected]

Provides community support to the African Caribbean Communities of Sheffield including an adult day care centre, the Basil Griffith Library, community coffee mornings and a boxing club

MAAN Somali Mental Health
A local charity working with the Somali community in Sheffield to help address issues of mental health and related need

Currently running different community related projects. At present ADIRA provides a mental wellbeing support group for black women and a food pharmacy. For details of the food pharmacy please contact [email protected]. For information about ADIRA please email [email protected]

Our Mel
A leading social enterprise based in Sheffield, Our Mel are dedicated to exploring cultural identity, black history and what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today.

LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield)
A local volunteer run support organisation for refugees and asylum seekers who identify as women or non-binary and are lesbian, bisexual and/or queer. For information about LASS please email [email protected]

GAFS (Gay Asylum Forum Sheffield
A local volunteer run support group for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers who partially or fully identify as men. For more information about GAFS please follow their facebook page or email LASS

SACMHA Health and Social Care
A charitable organisation that offers support to people in need of health and social care assistance because of their age, youth, disability, financial hardship or social disadvantage

Unity Gym Project
This charity offers vital support and opportunity to young people and the community in Broomhall, Sheffield. They offer a wealth of community projects and supportive provision.

National Organisations

A list of UK Black-led racial justice groups and organisations doing year round work. Compiled by Gaylene Gould.

UK Black Pride

Stephen Lawrence Trust

Black Lives Matter UK

The Amos Bursary

Southall Black Sisters

BAATN (The Black African and Asian Therapy Network)

Black Minds Matter UK

Reading Suggestions

This is only a short list. If you have reading suggestions, both fiction and non-fiction for either children or adults please get in touch.

Gal-dem is an online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour.


  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X.Kendi
  • Your Silence Will not Protect you – Audre Lorde
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • Natives – Akala
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • White – Richard Dyer
  • Black and British – David Olosuga
  • BRIT(ish) – Afua Hirsch
  • Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored: Jeffrey Boakye


  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • The White Boy Shuffle – Paul Beatty
  • Girl, Women, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
  • Queenie – Candice Carty Williams
  • N-W – Zadie Smith
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  • Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward

Additional Resources

Anti racism resources

Ways to make outrage and solidarity last longer than the news cycle

Anti-racism resources for white people

Anti-Racism resources from Shambala Festival

Watch Deconstructing White Privilege on Youtube


Witness Black History – BBC World Service

’13th’ on Netflix

‘Dear White People’ on Netflix

‘When They See Us’ on Netflix


‘Good Ancestor’ on Spotify

Akala and David Olusoga – Striking the Empire

Growing up with gal-dem

best British podcasts by Black Women

Inter-racial on Anchor

Therapeutic Resources

BACP have released resources of how to work with race and diversity in therapeutic settings

9 books by Black therapists to help you process your emotions *please note, this list is produced in the USA. If you have any UK specific books or resources relating to Black mental health and healing from racialised trauma please email [email protected]*

The Colours Youth Network is a UK wide initiative supporting young LGBTQ+ people of colour to explore and celebrate who they are.

List of adult mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic – Sheffield Mental Health Guide
*includes specific resources for people of colour*

* as part of a learning set looking at race equity in charities and how to develop activities which better aid inclusion of BAME people, through the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO). 

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