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The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community sector (VCS) is hugely diverse and this section aims to bring together resources and information for the BME VCS. There is no one definition of a black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisation (BME VCO). The BME voluntary and community sector is hugely diverse and whilst some organisations are quite clearly a part of the BME voluntary and community sector (like those delivering services to a targeted community), others sit more on the margin.

For some leadership and self determination is a defining factor, for others it is the drive to work with parts of the BME community suffering deprivation, exclusion and poverty. Some add it is not only who they work with but how they work with them.

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One East Midlands coordinates the BME Network in the East Midlands, is an independent platform to inform and engage BME* and equality focused organisations, which aims to:

Tackling domestic violence and abuse in faith communities training

Taking place on Thursday 14 May from 9am to 4.30pm at Nottingham Conference Centre, this training day is aimed at multi-faith leaders, members of multi-faith communities, statutory service workers, academics and survivors of and professionals working in the field of domestic violence and abuse.

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Commissioning to tackle health inequalities in Gypsy and Traveller communities

This conference, taking place on Thursday 26 February in Birmingham, will focus on effective commissioning, sharing the outcomes of the Health Inclusion Project, hearing from national speakers with responsibility for tackling health inequalities, and breakout sessions which will look at effective practice.

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Mainstream Partnership East Midlands BME Arts Heritage Project

As part of Mainstream Partnership’s legacy they have created an archive of their BME and culturally diverse members work and achievements collected over nine years.

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Questions of faith

In its latest paper, entitled Questions of faith, the think tank NPC has identified six areas for religious charities to consider as the environment in which they operate continues to change.

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Health on the margins - Commissioning to tackle health inequalities in Gypsy & Traveller communities

Taking place on Thursday 26 February at Aston University, Birmingham this conference will focus on commissioning outcomes for Gypsies and Travellers.

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East European Roma - Cultural Awareness Training

Taking place on Tuesday 3 February at Nottingham Conference Centre this event will enable delegates to immerse themselves in Roma culture for a day, find out the do’s and don’ts for engaging with East European Roma communities, and bring along their own practice issues to trouble-shoot with the trainers.
 

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Heritage Lottery Funding for BME-led organisations

Taking place on Friday 5 December from 11am to 2pm, including lunch, at Victoria Centre, Wellingborough, this free funding advice event is for BME-led organisations who wish to undertake a heritage project, exploring history nature or cultural tradition.

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Together in Service Spotlight Awards

On Wednesday 19 November at FaithAction’s Too Significant to Ignore national conference in Westminster, Together in Service presented their Together in Service Spotlight Awards to eight projects, including East Midlands social enterprise Communities Inc.

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Multi-faith safeguarding hub launched

The Safe Network, which provides information and resources to keep children safe, has announced the launch of a new safeguarding resource for faith groups, the Multi-faith safeguarding hub.

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