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.


We do our best to fill your Twitter feed full of useful information; deliver a jam-packed e-alert to your inbox every month; and keep our blog up to date, but sometimes what is most valuable is for us to hear from you instead. We want to deliver advice, training and support that is based around the needs of BME voluntary organisations. Remember we are here to represent the sector - something we can only do effectively if there is an on-going dialogue between us and our members.


So here are some very belated resolutions that myself and the Voice4Change England team are going to try to stick to:

  • This month we are launching a monthly membership spotlight, featuring one of our members and their work. Not only will we be able to get to know you better and celebrate the work that you do, it should be a great opportunity for our members to get to know each other.
  • There is no substitute for getting to know each other like a conversation over a cup of tea, so we aim to have an initial face-to-face meeting with every organisation we sign up as a new member.
  • Over the next year we want to get out visit as many of our existing members as we can.


If you would like to be featured as our member of the month; if you are organising an event you would like us to attend; or you are interested in becoming a member, please contact