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Riots Reframed: Two Years On

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Hard-hitting film
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A refreshing and alternative view of the riots told through the debut film of Fahim Alam, an Oxford Law graduate who was arrested during the 2011 riots. With interviews from academics to young people, it provides an eye opening portrayal of not only the riots, but of race, class and British society.
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By Yasmin Begum, Project Development Intern of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

A refreshing and alternative view of the riots told through the debut film of Fahim Alam, an Oxford Law graduate who was arrested during the 2011 riots. With interviews from academics to young people, it provides an eye opening portrayal of not only the riots, but of race, class and British society.
 

Membership Spotlight: Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association

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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.        
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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.

Games Makers: What is the Olympic Legacy for BME Volunteers?

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.

V4CE response to the Queen’s speech

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Queen's Speech was published last week and as ever has proposed legisalation that will have implications for the sector
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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.

Membership Spotlight: My Community UK

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This month our featured member is My Community UK. Find out more about what they do and what they plan to do over the next year. 
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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.

Knowing me, knowing you

 

by Samantha Reeve, Policy Officer, Voice4Change England

 

Recently, our development officer Saqib has been out and about across the country to deliver training workshops on fundraising. The training workshops themselves were a great success, but what has really put a spring in his step is getting and meeting organisations. He has returned to the Voice4Change office full of enthusiasm for the organisations he has worked with and with ideas about how to better support them. By meeting face-to-face with groups he has learnt first-hand how tough financial times and spending cuts are affecting the BME sector.

What do unpaid internships say about us?

by Samantha Reeve, Policy Officer, Voice4Change England

 

 

At a time when charities face increasing financial pressure and there are more and more unemployed graduates, surely internships benefit both charity and intern, right? On the face of it, it seems like a win-win; charities get highly skilled workers that can offer fresh perspectives and new insights whilst interns can develop new skills, try out the charity sector for size and build their CV.

The Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary sector needs to get wise quick to deal with turbulent times ahead

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.

Multiple discrimination, invisibility and the pledge of Latin American women in the UK

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Carolina Gottardo of LAWRS on invisibility of Latin American women
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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.

Munira Mirza: Critiquing Islamist fundamentalist practice is not an ‘attack on Muslim women’

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Munira Mirza is a former Deputy Mayor of London, and co-author of the Policy Exchange report ‘Living apart together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism’.
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Munira Mirza is a former Deputy Mayor of London, and co-author of the Policy Exchange report ‘Living apart together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism’.

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