Black History Month – Shurelle’s LAS story

I started my journey in the Service as a call handler. I was interviewed by two women of colour - so I saw a representation of myself which inspired me. But then, when I started my training, I was the only black person. You may think why does that matter? Well, to me I had never felt so out of place, so uncomfortable. Everyone was lovely and welcoming - but I was very aware I was ‘different’. I have now been working at London Ambulance Service for nearly 15 years. Things have changed and there is a lot more representation from ethnic minorities working here now. Black history teaches me about my roots, how I got here and knowing the importance of sacrifices that were made so I - and my children - can live in the world we do today.
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