An ally is an individual who is not a member of a particular under-represented group themselves, but who uses their power, voice and privilege to support that group (or multiple groups).

Allyship is all about valuing people from different backgrounds and learning about their lived experiences, so that we can stand in solidarity with them and ensure they are heard, seen and valued.

Being an ally is an active and ongoing process, and action can be taken at all levels, such as challenging in the moment to supporting individuals who are on the receiving end of microaggressions and providing feedback to perpetrators of inappropriate behaviour.

Introduction to allyship

Produced by Skills Booster

This video looks at how Allies can act in a number of different ways to support people from under-represented groups.