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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.

Free master classes for BME community organisations

Nottingham Equal, in conjunction with First Enterprise, will be running a series of free training courses for BME community organisations this April.

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The Right to Choose? – 25 April, Leicester

The Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Centre are presenting a one day conference on honour based violence, forced marriage and sexual orientation on Thursday 25 April from 10am to 4pm at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN.

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Religion, ethnicity and swimming

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Sporting Equals are surveying BME groups, both swimmers and non-swimmers, on the impact of religion and ethnicity on participation in swimming e.g. does religion or ethnicity impact prevent you from swimming or swimming as much as you like when you like. 

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Personalisation and Equalities – 28 March, London

Jointly hosted by Disability Rights UK, National LGB&T Partnership, Race Equality Foundation and the Department of Health, this free event is taking place on Thursday 28 March from 11am to 4pm at the Race Equality Foundation in London.

Together in service

A major new programme to celebrate, promote and link the huge variety of social action undertaken by the nation’s faith communities has been launched by Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi

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Community Level Investment for Migrant Businesses (CLIMB)

The Young Foundation is committed to raising awareness of social enterprise amongst BME communities and to helping grow the number of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the UK.

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Government announces English language competition

The government has announced that it will be launching a new competition to back innovative and creative ways of delivering community-based English language programmes that will help to integrate participants into their local communities.

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New director appointed at Voice4Change England

Kunle Olulode, formerly Voice4Change England’s Marketing, Media and Communications Lead, will take over as their new Director from 1 February 2013.

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Gypsy traveller cultural awareness training

The Romany Gypsy Educational Resources, who are members of the Romany gypsy community, are offering a half day workplace based training session for up to 10 members of staff for a one off fee of £300.

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Sport provider engagement with BME communities

Sporting Equals, which aims to promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged, especially the BME population, in sport and physical activity, has stated that it is essential that the strategies and plans of sport organisations and regional bodies targeted with engaging BME groups in sport and improving health outcomes adapt to the changing face of the population.

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