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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.

Keeping our children safe: Raising awareness in BME Communities

The Safe Network, which provides information and resources to keep children safe, has launched an updated version of Keeping our children safe: Raising awareness in black and minority ethnic communities.


Voice4change England trustee vacancies, AGM and workshops

Voice4change England will be electing at least five new trustees ahead of their AGM on Thursday 4 December in London.


Jim Rose Lecture - Greg Dyke on race, media and sport

Taking place on Thursday 27 November at 7.30pm at University of Manchester, the annual Jim Rose Lecture is an evening devoted to the work and memory of Jim Rose, co-founder of the Runnymede Trust in 1968.


FaithAction Workshop: Shaping local health and care services

Taking place on Tuesday 11 November from 10am to 1pm at Leicester University this free FaithAction workshop, including lunch is aimed at faith and community groups.


Funding to prevent female genital mutilation and forced marriage

To mark International Day of the Girl on 11 October, £330,000 of funding to help tackle female genital mutilation and forced marriage head on has been committed by the government.


Strengthening the BME voluntary sector

Voice4Change England is undertaking a research project, supported by the Baring Foundation, looking at the future grant funding of the BME voluntary sector.


Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse in Faith Communities

Taking place on Thursday 20 November in Coventry, Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse in Faith Communities is aimed at multi-faith leaders, multi-faith communities, statutory service workers, academics, survivors, politicians, and professionals who work with victims and perpetrators.


FaithAction National Conference: Faith Too Significant To Ignore

The FaithAction National Conference, which will aim to show that faith based social action makes a difference, will take place on Wednesday 19 November from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ.


Together in Service

The final round is approaching of Together in Service, celebrating the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action and support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level.


Friendly Places

Managed by FaithAction, Friendly Places aims to helps faith groups to recognise that they have the capacity to provide places of support and acceptance for those struggling with mental health issues.



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