Blogs

By Chris Whitwell, CEO of Friends Families and Travellers

As an organisation which continues to fight for fairness and equality on behalf of Gypsies and Travellers we know first hand how important it is to work collaboratively with other organisations.

A main concern for Gypsies and Travellers is the shortage of appropriate accommodation, and to put some context to this, we don't know exactly how many Gypsies and Travellers there are in the UK because before 2011 they were not included in census statistics. However, it is estimated that there are between 200,000 and 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers in the UK (excluding newly arrived Roma from other parts of Europe).

 

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  BEMA and spoke to them about their work.

 

What are the aims of your organisation?

BEMA is an informal alliance of individual artists, arts organisations, promoters, producers and others with an interest in improving availability of quality art to the public, as well as developing cultural activity as a means of promoting tolerance, equality and education.

by Samantha Reeve, Policy Officer, Voice4Change England

Almost a year has passed since the Olympic games. Nearly a whole year since Jess Ennis, Mo Farrah,  and Laura Trott won Gold Medals. But perhaps most importantly, this.

 

Not just a woman armed with a loudhailer - there is no denying that the 70,000 volunteers turning out to make the games happen, many of whom from BME backgrounds were the ‘Games Makers’ at the heart of the Olympic’s success.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/may/25/queens-speech-wordle-text
                                                                                                                                                                                         By Saqib Deshmukh, V4CE Development Officer
                                                                                                                                                                                       Whilst we applaud the long over due recognition of the position of Carers and new entitlements, we are concerned about key parts of the Queens Speech and the raft of new legislation that is being outlined.

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  My Community UK and spoke to them about their work.

 

Tell us briefly, what does your organisation do?

We work with and for the vulnerable in society to improve the quality of life, services and future of all communities regardless of culture, ethnicity or faith. We have six strands of our work. The Elderly, Women, Youth, and Children, Poverty and Homelessness, Prisoners and Ex-Offenders and the Environment. Our head office is based in Manchester but we work across the UK.