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Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia. The concept of Comic Relief was to get British comedians to make the public laugh while raising money to help people in need in Africa and at home in the United Kingdom. It is currently led by Liz Warner, founder of a production company. Key people include: Ruth Davison, Helen Wright, Charlotte Hillenbrand, and Suzi Aplin.

David Lammy wrote a piece for THE GUARDIAN with the title of "Africa deserves better from Comic Relief" in March 2017:

"This biannual guilt trip perpetuates Band-Aid stereotypes. Can we finally look at the issues behind the problems, and inspire anger as well as donations?

Comic Relief has tattooed images of poverty in the African continent to the point where few of us can escape the guilt of not donating. The result: a tidal wave of donations, but little to challenge the Band-Aid interpretation of an Africa “where nothing ever grows”. It still blurs the 54 separate, sovereign nations into a single reservoir of poverty, grief and suffering. One billion African people are filtered into just two categories: either corrupt politicians replete with Savile Row suits and Swiss bank accounts, or poverty-stricken mothers swarmed by flies, their children' stomachs swollen by hunger.

This is not to say that dire poverty is not persistent – or that images of suffering and destitution are not the most effective way to raise money from a 30-second ad in response to an emergency. But Comic Relief should be different – it has to be.

It enjoys a privileged position in our national life: millions participate in fundraising and tune in. So the organizers have a unique opportunity: but with this comes responsibility. The show has the chance to deal with complexity, and it can afford to talk about solutions beyond mosquito nets, food parcels and digging wells.

Comic Relief should be helping to establish an image of African people as equals to be respected rather than helpless victims to be pitied. So rather than western celebrities acting as our tour guides to Band Aid Africa, why not let those who live there speak about the continent they know?"


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Former Employee - Receptionist says

"everything is a con terrible"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I would stay as far away from the organisation as possible (especially the finance department). Leadership completely lacks guidance and vision. A lot of nepotism goes on in the organisation as a whole. Those who work hard are not reward for their hard work, those who lazy about and don’t pull their weight get rewarded the most. The HR department/ leadership team preach about development and rewards but really the leadership team and HR don’t really care about development or pay and rewards. They only care about you being a cog in their works. Departments/ leadership don’t care about the mental health and well being of staff. If you’re a temporary worker in this organisation, you’re inferior to a permanent worker. They will get rid of you, especially if you question some of the wrong doings and mis management in the organisation. Please stay as far away from this organisation whilst you still have a chance, especially those going for jobs in the finance department."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Unless you fit their mould and are willing to intertwine your personal life with your professional, then you are ignored, even if you are more informed on a subject. Nothing can ever be a simple. There are obviously aspects of any project that have to be analysed and assessed but getting anything over the line goes at a glacial pace until the deadline is moments away when it suddenly becomes a priority. Management shy away from responsibility. There is a real blame culture, finger pointing is rife. If you aren't friends with the management, prepare to be left out of conversations and expect to find out everything on your own, and then be blamed for being slow / uninformed Nepotism is popular. Again, if you are mates with the management you can expect promotions regardless of your experience or ability. The reason the campaign feels so hectic here is because there is no emphasis to get work done in a timely manner. Annual projects seem to be forgotten about until they are days away and then you have to drag them over the line. Certain teams claim to be so understaffed that they can't even reply to emails or attend meetings. Somehow this is then blamed on everyone apart from the management team. Communication is generally poor here. Again this comes back to if you aren't mates with the management you get told nothing. If you do work here I would recommend documenting bad communication practices as you will be scapegoated. I would not recommend working here unless you want to kill all your professional ambition."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"There is an institutional problem with bullying, favouritism, lack of management, internal spending, lack of direction, toxic office environment and a meeting culture that is bullish, directionless and completely time consuming. It is bad for employees mental health."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Dreadful culture. Lip service diversity and inclusion. You’re expected to stay late with nothing back"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"2 huge restructures in the space of just 3 years have left this organisation in pieces. An incredible amount of money has been wasted making hundreds of extremely experienced staff redundant, only to promote more junior, inexperienced staff into their vacant roles - leading to organisational chaos. Reliance on expensive consultants - wasting the talent that already exists within the organisation Childish in-fighting between senior management Culture of favouritism from the top down leads to toxic environment"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Unorganised madness. Too many employees have been there far too long and do not contribute but hinder the charity's performance."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Very poor leadership leading to bad decisions and wasted money, many in senior positions due to tenure as opposed to success or experience. Innovation is not desirable at Comic Relief and gets shutdown pretty quickly. Pretty toxic environment to work in at times, i've seen lots of tears during the 3 years I was there."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Poor HR practices Poor governance Some senior managers (in Cxx roles and directors) have actually only grown due to their period of tenure and not merit, therefore being ineffective leaders and preventing subordinates to grow. Such teams are being run dictatorially and the culture is very toxic. To most employees joining such departments, they often feel trapped and leave quickly."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Felt there was little room for progression. Micromanagement was a daily hindrance. Little to no support from team and work was menial. Found the culture harsh considering it was meant to be a charity. Also there were too many meetings and general time wasting. A general lack of organisation and leadership. Things often left to the last moment which creates stress for no reason. Blame and finger pointing culture just overall not for me."

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