by Kamal Mashjari of the Al-Ghazali Centre in Liverpool

What are the issues affecting the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary sector and how are they different to the problems affecting the voluntary sector in general?

To begin with, both are facing the exact same issues in relation to a number of points. Both face the same level of cuts to the budgets they manage. Whether those funds come from councils, trusts or government doesn’t matter – they have all been reduced. Many organisations in our sector have folded recently and many more will go to the wall unless they are able to adapt to the changes taking place.

Carolina Gottardo, Director of Latin American Women's Rights Service
I recently attended an interesting conference about the Advice sector in London, which included the participation of a representative from the Cabinet Office.

Carolina Gottardo

As recent research commissioned by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and Trust for London confirms, the numbers of Latin Americans (LA) in the UK is significant. We are of similar size to the Polish and the Chinese communities in London. However we continue to be invisible to the mainstream.

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