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Final Message from 1NW shimAdd News673 to Scrapbook

This will be the last update from One North West - as the Lottery’s BASIS funding, which has supported the project, comes to an end this Friday. I hope the information has been useful, the events interesting and the opportunities to connect with the wider sector of value.

Despite the political changes and the lack of regional government to directly engage with (as was the intention upon its design), the NW BME Policy Forum has continued to be well-attended with at least over 30 organisations attending each meeting to discuss a range of different issues, share knowledge and make collective responses to policy. Members of the forum felt that this was a unique aspect of the 1NW work that is important to continue in some guise. Myself and Amina Lone have created a social enterprise called the Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF), which is aimed at eradicating poverty and co-producing research with communities. The members of the forum, in conjunction with support from VSNW, have agreed for SARF to support the Policy Forum in this new phase and we aim to hold a meeting in the Autumn. If you would like to be kept informed with this, please email me on

We will maintain a very strong relationship with Voluntary Sector North West, who will continue to operate and send out a monthly bulletin (which is excellent). We will automatically add your details to the mailing list for the VSNW Bulletin so please let me know if you do NOT want to receive this. If you have any news, event or job opportunities that you would like to be included in the bulletin, please email The website is also regularly updated and is worth looking at:

For race equality issues - I suggest becoming a member of Voice4Change England and following the Runnymede Trust and BTEG, as well as keeping informed of the JRF’s ethnicity and poverty programme. The Equality and Diversity Forum provide an excellent newsletter on equalities that you can subscribe to here

I have really enjoyed my four years at One North West and hope to see many people I have met during this time over the coming months and years

Best wishes

Dan Silver
Liberal Democrat Task Force on Race Equality first report shimAdd News672 to Scrapbook

The first report of the Liberal Democrat Task Force on Race Equalityaddresses race equality in education and employment.

Published in June 2013, the report recommends maintaining the wider role of theEquality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), reinstating funding to the EHRC to 2010 levels and opposing all attempts to weaken the Equality Act.

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Preserving the Muslim Family - tackling the difficult questions Half Day Conference Preston Lancashire 1- 4.30pm: 23 June 2013 Landmark Event shimAdd News671 to Scrapbook

Unity Foundation and the Radical Middle Way* are honoured to invite you and your colleagues to a landmark event in Preston on Sunday June 23, 2013 – ‘Preserving the Muslim Family – tackling the difficult questions’.

The Event is the culmination of the long anticipated Seekers Guidance UK Tour‘Knowledge without barriers 2013’. We believe that such an event is timely and long overdue. On the day, Unity Foundation and our illustrious partners aim to facilitate an open and honest dialogue that will focus on identifying strategies that we (the constituent parts of British Society) can work together to start to address the long standing challenges that impact on our communities and society at large.

"Tragic events like the one that took place in Woolwich in May are perhaps an extreme tip of the iceberg but they expose the malaise and the challenges we face as a society. These include the way we teach 'religion', what we teach, what we expect the results to be and what preparations or investment we are making or are prepared to make for the future” (Dr Fuad Nahdi - Executive Director of the Radical Middle Way).

The event aims to create an opportunity to develop innovative practice, share ideas, air concerns; and start todevelop sustainable plans that work towards collaborative action that is solution focused.

The Event Format

  • An inspirational and insightful keynote address from two world renowned Islamic luminaries - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Canada) and Imam Afroz Ali (Australia)
  • Local perspectives of the challenges that lay ahead from regionally based Muslim leaders
  • Participatory, solution focused discussion workshops that will encourage interaction, discussion, exploration, forward planning and collaborative action

Who should attend?

Muslim and non-Muslims,community activists,Public sector agencies, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, community activists,Religious & Civic leaders.

How to book your place

To make your reservation for the event go to

Or for enquiries / further information please email

Event, 25th June: Invisible Minorities: Polish People in Tameside. shimAdd News670 to Scrapbook

FREE Conference in Ashton-under-Lyne which is jointly organised by Europia and Community Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT) on Tuesday 25th June from 10.00am - 12.30pm - with opportunities for networking with food and refreshments afterwards.



It is called Invisible Minorities: Polish People in Tameside.


The Conference will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 230 Stamford St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7LJ.


It will highlight the results of a nine-month joint community project between Europia and CVAT with support from Tameside Council.


There will be opportunities for discussion and to contribute to future projects and community engagement in Ashton and elsewhere.


To confirm your attendance please complete the following link


For more information about the Invisible Minorities Conference and our activities in Tameside please contact Joanna Login.


Joanna is Head of Europia Children and Families. Please contact her at or by phone at 0758 2981899.


Message from ROTA on Equality Duty Petition shimAdd News669 to Scrapbook

We have started the petition "The British Government: Keep the Public Sector Equality Duty" and need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now?

Here's the link:

Here's why it's important:

If you are affected disproportionately by stop and search policies, school exclusions, poor access to public services or other forms of institutional discrimination, the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is the only provision within the law to fight such institutional discrimination effectively.

The PSED is a legacy of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry where it was found that the police was institutionally racist. The Race Equality Duty was brought in to force to address institutional racism. This Duty was later extended to Disability under the Disability Discrimination Act and Sex under the Sex Equality Act.

In 2010 under the Equality Act 2010 the Duty was extended to age, sexual orientation, transgender, and marriage and civil partnership, which is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and it came in to force in October 2011.

Within one year of the duty coming in to force the Government has decided to review the PSED. We may lose the only tool within the law for challenging and addressing institutional discrimination. Help us save the PSED and challenge institutional discrimination!

You can sign the petition by clicking here.

Andy Gregg
CEO, Race on the Agenda

Message from Manchester BARAC: Race & Racism within the realms of Politics, Economics and Culture for the Black community shimAdd News668 to Scrapbook

Message from Colette Williams, BARAC

As you know 2013 offers us an opportune time to discuss the issue of ‘Race & Racism within the realms of Politics, Economics and Culture for the Black community’ as it is the 50thanniversary of Martin Luther Kings iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and The March on Washington.

Black Activist Rising Against Cuts; BARAC, have launched the MLK50:Equality In Our Life Time campaign which looks to explore race and racism with the UK and asks the question, ‘Have We Achieved Equality Yet?’

I have accepted the invite to host the national conference for the MLK50:Equality In Our Life Time campaign and I hope that you will part of the planning group.

The conference will take place from Friday 6thSeptember and will run for 3 days; 6th-8thSeptember. The conference will be held at Z-Arts, formerly The Zion Arts Centre, and will be a national conference.

It such a time like this wherein the austerity cuts are having such a devastating impact on our community, and the fact that unemployment for young black people stands at 52%, the number of young black men incarnated has gone up in the last 18 months by 100%, exclusions and issues around mental health are damaging the future prospects of many individuals and families in our community that we need to be ‘not just talking about working together but be working together’ to find solutions and how we move to implement these.

Once again I ask you to join me on Monday 27thMay at 7.00pm at JB’s on Hulme High Street so that we can ensure that Manchester hosts a well organised, dynamic, but most of all substantive conference which will encourage and ensure that we take forward an agenda which will change our community.

For more information, please email 
Refugee Employment & Skills seminar - 20th June shimAdd News667 to Scrapbook

Thursday 20th June 2013

10.00am to 2.00pm

 Refreshments and lunch provided


 King's House Conference Centre, King's Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB


 *         Find out about the barriers to the job market that refugees face in our local communities

 *         Explore solutions with experts in the field

 *         Hear first-hand accounts from refugees of the challenges they and their communities have faced in the Greater Manchester job market

 *         Network with local organisations interested in economic regeneration, tackling worklessness, refugee support, skills development, community cohesion & well-being

Manchester Refugee Employment Partnership (MREP) was formed last year by a group of leading refugee support groups in Greater Manchester to respond to concerns that refugees experience disproportionate levels of unemployment.

Refugees have full employment rights in the UK but describe a bewildering and confusing job market that feels impossible to break into or progress within, an experience exacerbated by the recession.  The existence of such a group of people - often marginalised within the regional economy - has a negative impact on many aspects of life across the region, creating challenges around community cohesion, well-being and mental health services, as well as poverty and benefit dependency.

MREP is organising the above seminar to coincide with Refugee Week in June.  It will bring together key stakeholders to explore this area further, identify possible solutions and develop ways of working together in the longer term that can result in Greater Manchester's refugee communities contributing - to their full potential - towards regional economic regeneration as well as increasing well-being, building positive mental health and developing community cohesion.  We also hope to present some findings from a survey into refugee unemployment that we are currently carrying out.

If you require any further information about our seminar, we would be very happy to provide it.  In the meantime, spaces are limited so please contact Marcianne Uwimana on to book your place on the seminar.

BTEG: Panorama and Sol Campbell highlight the plight of young black men shimAdd News666 to Scrapbook

Last night’s Panorama programme, ‘Jobs for the Boys’ (13 May 2013) highlighted the crisis facing the country and another generation of young black men. BTEG congratulates Sol Campbell (ex-Arsenal and England footballer) for exposing the barriers young black men face in findingjobs.

In 2006 the black youth unemployment rate was 37 per cent; 2.5 times higher than the white youth unemployment rate. In 2012 the unemployment rate for black young people was 49 per cent; 2.2 times higher than for white young people. Although unemployment has risen for all young people, the relatively far higher rates for young black people have been there for a long time. As Sol Campbell showed, many unemployed young black men are trying their hardest to find work and their frustration at their continued exclusion from the labour market was clear to see.

In 2012, 53 per cent of 16-24 year old young black people were in full time education compared to 39 per cent of young white people. But delaying entry to the labour market is not translating into improved job opportunities for young black men.

Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of Black Training and Enterprise Group, who also appeared on the programme, says ‘The Panorama programme must be the catalyst for employers, government and black organisations (that work with young unemployedpeople) to set up a national task force to drive targeted action to transform the life chances of young black men by creating job opportunities. We would like to see Sol Campbell lead such a task force ’

‘The time has come for schools, FE and HE institutions to put in place clear pathways from their institutions to employers. Young black men need to find out fromcolleges and universities before they enrol on a course how many people that look like them found employment as a result of completing the course. Employers also need to ask themselves whether they are doing enough to attract talented young black men’

‘Only the London Mayor has recognised targeted action is needed to tackle this problem and he has allocated £1m to support a mentoring programme for school age black boys. But programmes like this will struggle unless there is evidence that young black men will be rewarded with employment after success in education’

BTEG is currently recruiting successful black men to serve as volunteer role models to inspire young black males to achieve their education and employment goals. We also want black boys and young black men to join the programme, Routes2Success, and develop their own local projects to improve their prospects.


About BTEG

BTEG is a London based national charity which was set up in 1991 by ethnic minority voluntary organisations. The charity supports local ethnic minority groups that help people into work and advises government departments.

BTEG is supported by Trust for London, City Bridge Trust, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Ministry of Justice, The Monument Trust and Big Lottery.


BTEG address: 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP.

TUC/CPAG report: Will Universal Credit work?' shimAdd News664 to Scrapbook

‘Will Universal Credit work’ was written for the TUC by the Child Poverty Action Group in 2013.

The report finds that this new benefit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place.

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Click here for report (pdf)

Womens Budget Group analysis: The Impact on Women of Budget 2013′ shimAdd News663 to Scrapbook

‘The Impact on Women of Budget 2013. A budget for inequality and recession’ was published by the Women’s Budget Group in April 2013. It provide a gender impact assessment of the Coalition Government’s March 2013 Budget.

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Click here for theWomen’s Budget Group website