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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.

State of Health: Black and other minority groups

The BHA has carried out a review of the evidence related to some of the major health conditions that are prevalent in Black and other minority groups, including cancer, mental health, HIV, diabetes, palliative care and dementia.

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Our History – Our Story: Polish heritage in the East Midlands

The Our History – Our Story exhibition of Polish heritage in the East Midlands will take place from Friday 11 April to Saturday 24 May on the first floor of Nottingham Central Library.

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Reminder: Opportunity to inform and influence the migration agenda across the East Midlands

One East Midlands currently has a place on the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership board and would like offer its place on the board to an organisation in the East Midlands who has knowledge and intelligence of migration issues in the East Midlands, and who can help the board make informed recommendations to influence and shape policy/strategies relating to migration.

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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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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.

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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.

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£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.

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Africa-Europe youth Cooperation

The call for the fifth round of the Seed Funding for Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation has been launched.

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Female genital mutilation funding guidance notes

The Home Office has been awarded €300,000 as part of the EU progress fund to tackle and raise awareness of female genital mutilation within affected communities.

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Changing Minds: Mental health and BME Communities

Organised by Communities UK and taking place on Tuesday 15 April from 9am to 3.35pm at Manchester Conference Centre, Changing Minds is a conference to raise awareness of mental health issues in BME communities.

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