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Kunle Olulode appointed new director V4CE shimAdd News632 to Scrapbook

As the Chair of Trustees at Voice4change England it gives me great pleasure to announce that Kunle Olulode, formerly our marketing, media and communications lead, will take over as our new Director from February 1st 2013.


Kunle comes with a wealth of experience gained from running policy teams in the voluntary sector and local government and a former Convenor of Camden Black Workers Group. An active campaigner within the trade union movement, he has a strong record of building partnerships with leading national and international organisations, having also worked abroad in Spain and in the USA for groups such as Tommie Smith Youth Movement and 100 Black Men of Southern California.


Kunle says:


‘I am honoured to be given this chance to take up the helm at Voice4change. This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone in the voluntary and community sector and even more so for those from BME organisations. However, it is important that whatever the challenges are, infrastructure organisations such as our own must remain resolute and forward- thinking in our work. We have a great team of dedicated professionals and some tremendous partners. I look forward to taking V4CE into 2013 and will do my best to ensure that the organisation continues to provide support to the sector and maintains a significant role in influencing the outlook of policy makers at regional and national level.’








Notes to editors:




About Voice4Change England





V4CE is a membership organisation that aims to strengthen the BME Voluntary and Community Sector to meet the needs of disadvantaged communities. We campaign for race equality and wider equality to make civil society work for everyone. Speaking to policymakers, we call for action on issues that matter to the BME VCS; bring the sector together to share good practice; and develop the sector to improve outcomes for BME and disadvantaged communities. Voice4Change England (V4CE) is the first national BME-led membership body in England. As such we remain committed to this work at a time when civil society is failing the most disadvantaged.




For more information please contact




Elizabeth Balgobin, Chair of Trustees




Tel: 0207 697 4241






Tel: 0207 697 4242

Thursday 14 February - Health & Wellbeing Roundtable Event(10am to 1pm) shimAdd News631 to Scrapbook
King’s House Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

As part of the DfE’s Overarching Strategic Programme in partnership withNWRYWU ( C&YP NW Network , NCVYS ( you an event on Health and Wellbeing and recent reforms and will speakers include Eustace Se Sousa, Associate Director of Child and Maternal Health NHS NW, Wendy Nicholson, Professional Officer - Nursing from Department of Health.

One North West Briefing: Welfare Reform shimAdd News630 to Scrapbook
The government’s welfare reform agenda is central to their policy programme, and is set to become a reality for many communities from April. This is designed to ‘make work pay’ and also reduce the deficit. There are many layers of reform that are coming into place, which will affect people in different ways, which this briefing summarises:
Is it possible to move on from low paid work? shimAdd News629 to Scrapbook

Voice4Change England are hosting free interactive workshops to explore ethnicity and in-work poverty in London and Greater Manchester

Following onfrom an earlier series of workshops and intensive case study research across four areas in England and Scotland, these action-oriented workshops will provide delegates with an opportunity to:

  • Discuss key findings from research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, including factors which contribute to in-work poverty, & possible routes out of poverty
  • Consider the implications of the findings for key stakeholders, including employment policies and practices, anti-poverty work and employability initiatives
  • Facilitate partnership working and capacity building in this area
  • Lunch and networking

The Bolton, Manchester workshop will be taking place on:

25 February 2013


The Bolton Hub

Bold Street

Bolton, BL1 1LS

Speakers include:

Kate Green - MP Stretford and Urmston & Shadow Spokesperson for Women and Equality

Professor Jane Wills – Professor of Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London

Karen Jochelson, Director of Policy (Employment and the Economy), Equality and Human Rights Commission

Dr Maria Hudson - Employment and Social Policy Researcher and Analyst & Director of Hudson Research

Event flier for the Bolton workshop here

Register for the Bolton Workshop here

We invite employers, trade unions, anti-poverty organisations, government agencies and the voluntary and community sector in these cities to register and take part.

Job for Area Deputy Manager at Refugee Action shimAdd News628 to Scrapbook

Area Deputy Manager

Starting at £37,206 p.a.



People seeking refuge are ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Refugee Action’s vision is of a world which welcomes and protects all such people with goodwill, equity and the information they need in order to thrive.


As part of a creative, enthusiastic and principled management team, you’ll play a central part in ensuring the services we deliver are as effective as possible, reflective of the needs and wishes of refugees and asylum seekers. Together with the Area Manager you will manage, coordinate and oversee the provision of new and existing high quality services or projects that meet internal and external quality standards and help to foster a working environment based on support and empowerment.


As such, you must be an experienced, inspirational manager with a track record of service management, service development and an understanding of the needs and hopes of refugees and asylum seekers. You should have a background in the management of advice and support services or community development projects, alongside excellent partnership and negotiation skills and the ability to work constructively with a wide range of external agencies.


An information session for this role will be held on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 from 6pmto7pm in the Manchester office:


Refugee Action, 23-37 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW


Please note that it is not necessary to attend the information session in order to apply for this role.


Closing Date: Tuesday 5th February 2013 – 11.59 pm

Interview Date: w/c 25th February 2013


For an application pack please visit our website: or call 0207 952 1571


All completed application forms should be emailed to: or alternatively via post to:

HR, Refugee Action, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB



2011 Census for England and Wales shimAdd News627 to Scrapbook

The first statistics from the 2011 Census for England and Wales were released on 11 December 2012. They include analyses of intenational migration, ethnicity and national identity, religion,and thelabour market.

Click here for details

Click here for Runnymede blog ‘Who are we? Census 2011 reports on ethnicity in the UK’

Race equality: Open letter to the PM and interview with Doreen Lawrence shimAdd News626 to Scrapbook

In November 2012, Doreen Lawrence OBE and Dr Richard Stone OBE wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister about the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

The letter says:

‘We are particularly concerned about the planned review of the Public Sector Equality Duty since it incorporates the Race Equality Duty and a key legacy of Stephen Lawrence, and of the legacy of the 1997/99 Inquiry set up in his name’.

The letter asks that the Review by overseen by an appropriate parliamentary committee or independent panel, thatit is governed by clear published terms of reference, and that it followsbest practice in terms of post-legislative review.

The letteris addressedtoDavid Cameron, the Prime Minister; Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister; Labour Party leader Ed Miliband; the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond; andthe First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.

The letter was supported by members of theRace Equality UKCoalition.

In December 2012, in an interview withThe Guardian,Doreen Lawrence claimed that the Government has neglected race equality concerns. Her concerns were widely reported.

On 19 December, Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, wrote a letter to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone, responding to their concerns about the Equality Duty.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister alsoreplied to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone on 19 December.

Click herefor link to letter

Click hereforarticle in the Guardian on 19 December

Click hereforarticle in the Telegraph on 19 December

Click hereforarticle in the Daily Mail on 19 December

Click hereforarticle in the Evening Standard on 19 December

Click herefor letter from the Welsh First Minister

Click herefor letter from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

VSNW Briefing: The Rise of the LEPS shimAdd News625 to Scrapbook
The purpose of this briefing is to highlight:

► how the Autumn Statement 2012 has boosted Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
► forthcoming sub-regional ‘Strategic Plans for Local Growth’
► LEPs’ role in future access to a national ‘growth-related’ Single Funding Pot from 2015
► The implications for future EU Funds

All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community report on ethnic minority female unemploymen shimAdd News624 to Scrapbook

Th All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community has published a new report on ethnic minority female unemployment.


The report, which follows the group’s five month inquiry on the issue, focuses specifically on Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi female unemployment. Its key findings include:


-There is discrimination at every level of the recruitment process, with some women changing their name or dress in order to avoid this discrimination

-Ethnic minority women complained of being asked during job interviews about their plans for marriage and having children

-Fewer Pakistani and Bangladeshi women take up their children's free nursery places than white women

-Better monitoring of the impact of public sector redundancies on Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women is needed

-Action is needed from the government to increase the numbers of ethnic minorities benefiting from apprenticeships


The report and evidence submitted is available to download here:


Parliamentary inquiry into new family migration rules shimAdd News623 to Scrapbook

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration launched an inquiry into new family migration rules on 20 November 2012.

The inquiry will explore the impacts of new rules on family migration. It will specifically focus on changes which make it more difficult to sponsor spouses and partners, or elderly dependents, to come to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

The inquiry is led by a cross-party Committee of MPs and peers, coordinated by the APPG on Migration, and chaired by shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP.

The inquiry will collect written evidence during an eleven week period beginning on 20 November 2012. Submissions are welcomed from charities, analysts, lawyers, employers, trades unions and other sources of relevant evidence. Individuals who have direct experience of the new family migration rules, as well as support organisations and advisers, are particularly invited to share their views.

The deadline for receiving all written evidence, including online questionnaires, is 31 January 2013.

Click here for details