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timbrudenellstraw May 10, 2024

Improving Access to Diverse Communities from an Early Years Lens

PBP Race Health Inequality ambassador and Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) Head of Programmes Donna Sherratt was amongst panel members and presenters at the Improving Access to Diverse Communities from an Early Years Lens webinar in April. This webinar launched the new report from SSBC, which cites the impact of PBP’s Culturally Competent Maturity Matrix in creating more accessible, inclusive, and culturally-sensitive childhood services.

The Culturally Competent Maturity Matrix is a bespoke self-assessment tool used to assess the responsiveness of an organisation, service, or system in delivering or commissioning provision to meet the needs of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic citizens. The purpose of the tool is to help to tackle structures and processes that can be exacerbating inequalities experienced by minority communities and to shift mindsets, by providing a platform for curious questions and difficult conversations.

You can read more about the Matrix here: Microsoft Word – Maturity Matrix Final Nov 22 (

Reflecting on the achievements highlighted in the report, Donna stated:

“To be able to affect change for expectant parents, in my role as SSBC Head of Programmes and PBP Race Health Inequalities Lead, has been a unique and unplanned opportunity. The webinar and report drew all these experiences together and showcased some of the amazing work I am honoured to have been a part of.

“Hearing the broad range of panel members speaking about the personal impact individuals can have, and how services have continued to develop to meet the needs of the community, was inspiring. The follow-up report features learning which can be used across the wider system. It has been great to be part of the work with such amazing colleagues across the whole system.”

You can download the full report here: Improving Access to Diverse Communities from an Early Years Lens | SSBC (