Whiteness and Race Equality Network

Network Leads

Simon Clarke

Freelance writer, Educationist and musician (guitar).


For many years I worked in Further Education as a specialist teacher focusing on individual learning needs including dyslexia. I have facilitated creative writing groups in college and community settings working alongside authors such as Alex Wheatle, Irenosen Okojie, and Courttia Newland and the actor Adjoa Andoh, aimed at promoting health and well-being. I am currently working alongside Dr Colin King in setting up of the Race Equality and Whiteness Network. My other main interest is music. I am a guitarist and songwriter.  I also run a website to commemorate, and celebrate, the music of singer/songwriter Sian Daniels.

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Colin King

Black and Asian Coaches Association

Freelance Writer


Colin King is the convener Black and Asian Coaches Association. The association is focused on the empowerment of BAME coaches, challenging the structures of sport and the theories and concepts of European science, psychology and management to address equity and equality in relation to coaching, management and administration. The aim of the association is also to challenge institutional whiteness in the mental health system through a collaborative approach across the color lines of professionals and survivors in terms of the academic and practice changes to address race equality in mental health work.

Colin is also the lead for the Whiteness and Race Equality Network.

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Background and Aims

Work on race equality has traditionally focused on the lived experience of being black in terms of mental health and diagnosis. But for co-production to stand any chance of success understanding has to be two-way, especially in relation to coproduction: we need to understand the lived experience of being white alongside and in equal partnership with the lived experience of being black. This is the aim of The Race Equality and Whiteness Network in the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice. It was set up following a conference at St Catherine’s College in October 2016.


  1. Work with survivors, practitioners and researchers to develop frameworks and concepts to address and resolve race equality issues through coproduction.
  2. Examine issues around diagnosis and race from the perspective of what it means to be white as well as what it means to be black.
  3. Reflect on the lived experience of survivors of the Mental Health system and of practitioners and researchers through presentations and workshops that explore the live experience of whiteness alongside the lived experience of blackness.
  4. Work with statutory and voluntary agencies on ways of supporting co-production good practice through teaching and learning strategies that are of  practical use to researchers, survivors, and practitioners alike.



For a list of past meetings please CLICK HERE

Network Activities

How to join the network

The Network is open to all those with an interest in or involvement in this area.  

It brings together the expertise of individuals: survivors, and those working in health, social care and education. It offers a forum that will produce new perspectives on diagnosis and treatment by reason of its unique approach. For, it will interrogate the methodologies and values that inform diagnosis and treatment in order to understand the lived experience of being white alongside and in equal partnership with the lived experience of being black.

For a list of members please CLICK HERE

Network Announcements

Please see below for the announcements from the network for the last 12 months.  To see older announcements, please visit the VBP Archive. 

Mental Health week of Action
The loss of Dalian Atkinson, ex-professional footballer, raises the huge issues of listening and loneliness affecting more players, coaches, managers and their families in the UK. The Professional Footballers Association in alliance with the United Family and Friends campaign, aims to raise the huge impact on our physical, mental health and safety in and outside of the profession
April 21, 2022
Celebrating Seni’s Law
Royal College of Psychiatrists and Whiteness and Race Equality Network Celebrating Seni’s Law We aim to celebrate with a special coproduction session recognising the unique genius of Ajibola Lewis; a modern day political activist, who turned pain into political change.  
March 14, 2022
Co-Production in Mental Health as a Path to Race Equality
Webinar - WREN Lead Colin KIng is facilitating a discussion organised by Mind in Camden on Co-Production in Mental Health as a Path to Race Equality - February 10 2022 - 10am - 3.30pm
December 7, 2021
Black History Month - Beyond Taking the Knee
October 21, 2021

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