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The Regional BME Network E-bulletin

March 2014

Welcome to our monthly e-bulletin for the Regional BME Network on regional and national news and policy developments for the BME voluntary and community sector. If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing

£3million grant for multi-faith communities

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced £3million of grant funding to expand the Near Neighbours programme across nine new areas of the country, including Nottingham.

Nominations open for National Diversity Awards 2014

Nominations are now open for the National Diversity Awards 2014, in association with Microsoft, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of positive role models, entrepreneurs and community organisations across the UK.

Mental Health and Faith Communities

Organised by FaithAction, Livability and the Mental Health Providers Forum, the Mental Health and Faith Communities event will take place on Tuesday 4 March from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the NCVO Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL.

Changing Minds - Mental health in BME communities

This conference, taking place on Tuesday 15 April from 9am to 3.35pm at the Manchester Conference Centre, aims to raise awareness about mental health issues in BME communities, focusing on refugees and asylum seekers and mental health in later life.

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