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Take part in online discussion supporting Black Lives Matter
A series of free online community discussions are taking place in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and arts organisations leading it wants you to get involved.

Fix It, Time to breathe, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Lightpost Company
Fix It: Time To Breathe is in response to the Black Lives Matter movement


Fix It: Time to Breathe has been launched by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Lightpost Company to encourage people to work together on change and enable organisations to pledge to make a difference.

The Fix It events are designed to explore and share strategies on how society can address the adversities young African Caribbean men face in the arts, health and justice system.

Each Fix It event is structured to feature an introduction to guest speakers and young men from the Shifting the Dial project plus an open, solutions-focussed conversation between practitioners, decision-makers and young people on how everyone can work together to tackle the issue.

Following on from a digital conversation about Trauma on July 14, the next event will focus on the issue of Justice and Rights on July 21 at 4pm over Zoom. You can book a free place here.

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Shifting The Dial, when it took place before the lockdown


Another free online event will then take place on July 28 about Healing at 4pm over Zoom. You can book a place here.

Each conversation is intended as an opportunity to learn, share and look at effective approaches inspired by the innovative Shifting the Dial programme a programme dedicated to boosting young black men's resilience and wellbeing.

The Shifting the Dial Partnership is a unique collaboration made up of The REP, First Class Legacy, Centre for Mental Health and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Anyone interested can find out more information and book their place for the next two Fix It conversations by visiting the Birmingham Rep website here.

Shifting the Dial Project Producer, Samina Beckford said; "Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to change how we run our ever-popular quarterly "Fix It" events."

"This new format allows our delegates the space for vital reflection during and after our online conversations. We will continue to work with our attendees who have pledged practical and sustainable organisational changes which aid in dismantling systemic issues that negatively impact young black men."

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Join in the online conversation and make a pledge at Fix It: Time To Breathe


The conversations will end with a time to breathe, an opportunity to make a pledge/promise on what you and/or your organisation can put in place in order to address systemic racism and support young African Caribbean Men.

After booking a place, a Zoom link will be sent to you a day before the free event.
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Why? Help instigate change prompted by Black Lives Matter movement
When: July 21 and July 28, both at 4pm
Phone: 0121 236 4455
Where: Online - join discussion from home
Cost: Free
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