Blogs

Every month we feature one of our members and ask them what their organisation is about and what they’ve been up to. This month we caught up with  Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association and spoke to them about their work.

Tell us a little bit about the origins of your organisation?

Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making voluntary organisation. It was set up in 2001 by a group of like-minded individuals resident in the UK wishing to facilitate culturally effective and sensitive social care and development to Myanmarese / Burmese people who are in dire need of various kinds of Support services.

By Kunle Olulode, chief executive of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

The mobile poster van says; In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.’ The words are set over the anonymous image of a Home Office Enforcement Officer dangling handcuffs. The term ‘White Van Man’ may never be seen in the same way again!
 
A few days later over in the predominantly Asian enclave of Southall, Southall Black Sisters lead a boisterous and noisy demonstration in the face of bemused and sheepish looking UK Borders Agency Officers. The scene is relayed over and over again on You Tube for the whole world to view. This is Britain summer 2013. A year ago we were being dazzled by the spectacle of the Olympic Games in all its multi-cultural splendour. The unbridled collective of international joy of those games seems a long, long way from the negative scenes and images now being conveyed of foreign workers and illegal immigrants.

By Samantha Reeve, policy officer of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

Centre: Samantha Reeve with Policy and Parliamentary training attendees
 
In July we held two Parliamentary training sessions, one in London and the other in Birmingham. As part of our Strengthening Voices Project we invited BME organisations interested in learning about how Parliament works and how they can influence policy. The sessions were organised in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. 

By Kunle Olulode, chief executive of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

Back in 1990 in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, then senior minister Norman Tebbit questioned the loyalties of Asian immigrants to the UK, using the example of cricket. Tebbit's "Cricket Test" was thus born. His provocative suggestion was clear, that the side ethnic minorities cheer for – England or their country of origin – should be a barometer of whether they are truly British..
 

By Dan Silver, director of the Social Action & Research Foundation

The government is undertaking a six-week public consultation in England and Wales on the use of controversial "stop and search" powers, as the Home Secretary Theresa May has said it was "time to get stop and search right".