In this episode of AVM BiteSize, AVM Director Annabel Smith, interviews Dr Helen Timbrell, independent researcher, consultant and coach working in people and organisational development, and Hadji Singh, volunteer with the Witness Service at Citizens Advice.

This BiteSize discusses Helen’s report “What the bloody hell are you doing here?”, a comparative study of the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and White volunteers in four UK organisations, published in March 2020.

This video is captioned. Or you can download the transcript.

Get a copy of the report

If you would like a copy of the report please contact Helen directly.

Recommended resources​

In the spirit of this BiteSize, we would like to compile a list of reading for volunteer managers to educate themselves. Please submit your suggestions for the reading list.


  • ‘The Conversation. How Talking Honestly About Racism Can Transform Individuals and Organisations’, Robert Livingston
  • ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’, Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • ‘How to be an Antiracist’, Ibram X. Kendi
  • ‘The Good Immigrant’, edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • ‘White Fragility’, Robin Diangelo
  • ‘Natives’, Akala

Existing research on equality, diversity and inclusion and volunteering

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