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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.

Community First Responder Initiative

East Midlands Ambulance Service would like to encourage better representation from the BME community within its pool of Community First Responders.


Voice4Change England trustee and volunteer vacancies

Voice4Change England, the membership organisation and national advocate for the BME VCS, wish to diversify the skills of their board, which is made up of elected members and original founder members.


Update on European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals

The Home Office has announced changes to the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (EIF) call for proposals timetable.


Faith in Enterprise Award Fund

The Faith in Enterprise Award Fund was launched at the Houses of Parliament on 9 May by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.


Faith With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

Launched by Eric Pickles MP at the House of Commons on 9 May, Faith With Its Sleeves Rolled Up is a new collection of essays which explores the practical contribution of faith-based organisations to UK society.


Faith in the Community

The Faith in the Community report, launched by Christians in Parliament and the Evangelical Alliance on 10 June, shows the value of churches and other faith groups to local communities across Great Britain.


National Inter Faith Week 2013

National Inter Faith Week 2013 will take place from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 November highlighting good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations.


Volunteering helps refugees exit forced labour

Refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced forced or exploitative labour have found volunteering invaluable in exiting these circumstances, according to Precarious Lives, a study published by the Economic and Social Research Council.


Stop and search consultation

Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on how police use stop and search powers.


Very small, very quiet, a whisper – BME groups: voice and influence

Third Sector Research Centre has published a briefing paper on its research looking at the position of the BME VCS in the current climate, and their capacity to influence policy and practice.



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