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Annoucment from the Central Equality and Diversity Team at the Department of Innovation and skills shimAdd News612 to Scrapbook

Following the Chancellor's announcement of a new 'employee owner' status on 8 October, we have today launched a consultation on how Government can successfully implement this new employment status.

This new status will give businesses greater choice about the contracts they can offer to individuals, whilst ensuring appropriate levels of protection are maintained.

Under this new status, employee owners will receive shares between £2,000 and £50,000 which will be exempt from capital gains tax. Employee owners will have the same rights as current employees excluding unfair dismissal (except where this is automatically unfair or relates to anti-discrimination law), certain rights to request flexible working and training, and statutory redundancy pay. Individuals will also need to give longer notice to return from maternity leave or adoption leave.

This consultation seeks views on how the Government will implement the employee owner status in practical terms. Through this consultation we would also like to understand the implications for employers, individuals, and the labour market in general. In particular we wish to ensure there are no unintended consequences.

The consultation will run from 18 October and closes on 8 November.

A link to the consultation can be found here:


Launch of New North West Community Empowerment Award shimAdd News611 to Scrapbook

North West Together We Can, supported by Our Life, has launched a new Community Empowerment Award to reward community projects that have made a positive difference in their communities over the last 12 months in the North West.

You can find out more about the Award and download the Application Form by going to: The closing date for receipt of applications will be Friday 16th November 5pm.

We will be celebrating all the entries and the winners at a Free Awards Event on Wednesday 12 December 2012, from 12.30 – 4pm (Registration and buffet lunch 12.30- 1.30) at Manchester Metropolitan University, Didsbury Campus, hosted by the Community Audit and Evaluation Centre, Faculty of Education, MMU.

We will be welcoming our Guest Speaker, Pam Warhurst CBE, Chair of the Forestry Commission and founder member and now secretary of Incredible Edible, in Todmorden. You can register to attend our Awards Event by going to:

For more information please contact Eve Davidson, NWTWC, email:

Voice4Change Briefing on Police and Crime Commissioners shimAdd News610 to Scrapbook

The elections set to take place for Police and Crime Commissioners in November 2012, signal a major policy shift pointing to a transformation the way that crime is addressed locally, representing the ‘most radical overhaul of police governance in half a century.

The changes will include responsibility for identifying the crime priorities at a local level, developing a 5-year Police ‘Crime Plan’ and commissioning services. The Police and Crime Commissioners will formulate the policy plans for the police, represent the public and agree on budgets with Chief Constables.

CLINKS the national body support the involvement of the voluntary and community sector in the Criminal Justice S have produced a series of briefings on the new system. These briefings provide a helpful summary of some of the key changes that are taking pace

To find out more click here

We exist too! Hearing BME voices within the LGB&T community shimAdd News609 to Scrapbook

Date: 28 November 2012

Trainer: Race Equality Foundation, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation and Equality and Human Rights Commission

Venue: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Status: Open

We exist too! Hearing BME voices within the LGB&T community

An event for for black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people to speak up!
6.30-9.00pm, includes free drinks and refreshments.

Be part of the movement for increased visability.  You exist and have a voice.  Encourage organisations to listen.  Make yourself heard.

For further details contact:

Regional Event on Police and Crime Commissioners shimAdd News608 to Scrapbook

Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will take up office on 22nd November 2012 and will be expected to deliver on a range of responsibilities. PCCs will be accountable for tackling crime in their police force area and will be responsible for community safety budgets.

Together with BTEG, Greater Manchester BME Network and GMCVO, we are hosting a regional event that will look at:

  • The role and powers of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • How the commissioning landscape will change
  • What this means for the BME voluntary and community sector
  • How to influence your PCC


The event is on 30th October at GMCVO (St Thomas Centre) between 1pm and 5pm

Places are free, but limited. To book a place, please email: 

Select committee calls for government action on ethnic minority youth unemployment shimAdd News607 to Scrapbook

The influential Work and Pensions Select Committee has called on the government to assess how effective its youth unemployment programme has been in getting ethnic minority young people into work

The call was made in the committee’s new report on youth unemployment, which cites evidence submitted by Runnymede.

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley presented oral evidence to the committee as part of its inquiry earlier this year.

The committee also called on the government to introduce targeted policies to reduce ethnic minority youth unemployment if it was found to be necessary.  

The full report is available here.

Voice4Change Barriers to Collaboration Project shimAdd News606 to Scrapbook

"I worry collaboration with BME groups can be tokenistic. There is no strategy whenever this is brought up at meetings. Collaboration has to be meaningful.”Mainstream organisation

V4CE has conducted a piece of research scoping out the "Barriers to Collaboration and Partnerships between BME and Mainstream Organisations in London”. We have compiled our findings and recommendations into a report.

This report has given us an opportunity to generate a dialogue and lead a debate on the barriers of collaborative working between mainstream and BME organisations. It has enabled organisations working in partnership to share their experiences with us. We hope these findings will be disseminated to the sector to highlight some of the challenges faced by organisations that have undertaken or attempted to undertake collaboration across BME and mainstream lines.

The report will also encourage organisations to consider their role in improving the nature of collaboration between the sectors and reflect on their ability to engage better with different organisations in order to improve the quality of services to the diverse communities they serve. This will also go on to inform the "Fairer and More Equitable Collaborations” programme that will seek to engage the sector to deliver on this by providing a variety of resources and support services.

Download the reporthere.

The NHS Forest Annual Event shimAdd News605 to Scrapbook
The NHS Forest Annual Event
Launching our Partnership with Incredible Edible & Ambulance Services
How to create health routes as part of your NHS Forest

The day includes:

  • The launch of the partnership between Incredible Edible Todmorden and Ambulance Services
  • A "creating a healthy route through the NHS Forest" workshop,
  • An awards ceremony hosted by Pam Warhurst, (Chair of the Forestry Commission), 
  • An opportunity to learn more about the interface between health and the environment through a guided walk to include the planting at Todmorden Healthcare Centre
  • A chance to meet NHS, forestry and community engagement professionals 
18th October 2012 at
The Unitarian Church Todmorden 10.30am - 3pm
RSVP to Sarah Dandy NHS Forest Co-Ordinator
Celebrating Black History Month at LJMU, Thursday 25th October 2012 shimAdd News604 to Scrapbook

As part of this year’s Black History Month, Liverpool John Moores University is hosting a free public lecture presented by Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Minister for Public Health.


Diane’s Lecture is titled: "Using the past as a platform for the future: Do British universities cater for black and other minority communities?"


Alison Wild, University Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive, will officially open the event at 1pm, followed by dance and drama performances by LJMU students.


Diane Abbott will deliver her talk at 2pm. Her talk will be followed by a Q & A session.


Although this is a free lecture, LJMU would like people to reserve seats by visiting:

BIG Assist shimAdd News603 to Scrapbook

BIG Assist is a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered by NCVO. The program will offer a targeted support program to help voluntary sector infrastructure organisations be more efficient, effective and sustainable - it's all about building the future for infrastructure. The £6 million programme, BIG assist, aims to provide the support programme the sector needs in these challenging times.

 Customers of the Assist programme will be able to use the website ( to apply for vouchers in exchange for dedicated support services as well as get involved with a peer to peer community offering sponsored visits, mentoring and discussion forums.

 Big Assist will launch for customers on 5th November 2012.

 Changes in the voluntary sector environment has meant that more infrastructure organisations than ever are seeking extra support and advice to help become more efficient, effective and sustainable.


BIG Assist will offer support in the following categories:

• Strategy, planning and managing change

• Financial sustainability

• Innovation, new products and ways of working

• Marketing and building relationships

• Supporting and developing people & organisational culture


That support may be financial help towards support services but a large element of BIG Assist will be the Peer to Peer support community, allowing infrastructure organisations to share and learn from one another. For this reason, even those who are not awarded vouchers will still be able to benefit from the programme by learning from the experience of other organisations.


For more information contact:




Support providers application


BIG Assist are currently inviting suitable organisations to apply to become one of their suppliers. For further information visit: