Minister sees the Big Inclusive Society in action

On Tuesday 5 April BME policy voice, Voice4Change England coordinated a visit by the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP to member organisation, the Asian People’s Disability Alliance (APDA).

The visit included the Minister having lunch with the service users, talking to the volunteer who runs the weekly knitting group and sessional staff that run the drama therapy session. Nick Hurd MP also talked to people using the IT suite and saw a special performance by wheelchair user bhangra group Muskaan. Chairperson of APDA and service user Pradip Shah described the visit as ‘a wonderful and uplifting experience which has helped us spread our voice.’

We were delighted that the Minister came to see first hand our unique and tailored services. We were able to show him how we make a real difference to disadvantaged BME communities through social activities that tackle social disadvantage; arts activities that give services users a chance to discover new skills; and our successful volunteer programme where people share their skills and gain confidence. It is important that our work with communities is recognised by policy makers and Voice4Change England is the bridge that helps us do this. - Michael Jeewa, CEO APDA

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