Action: Valuing the BME Third Sector

25Mar09

Voice4Change England are conducting a campaign to raise awareness of the often successful always vital Black and Minority Ethnic Third Sector. To curb the lack of understanding in the crucial work that BME services provide for margianalised communities that improve community the Early Day Motion 620 Voice4Change has been put down by Alun Michael MP in the House of Commons.

That this House notes the important work done by black and minority ethnic (BME) third sector organisations in delivering services to marginalised communities; recognises that the BME third sector has grown out of a recognition that many of the needs of diverse communities have not been adequately met by mainstream services; welcomes the establishment of the Voice4Change England Partnership by 18 national and regional BME-led organisations with the support of the Office of the Third Sector to co-ordinate the policy advocacy of BME third sector organisations; further notes that independent legal analysis of the BME Code for Commission for the Compact has identified that opportunities to create and deliver BME-specific services, and that a requirement sometimes arises in equality law to create and deliver BME-specific services; considers it wrong that funders are being encouraged to have a presumption against single group funding; believes that such thinking fails to appreciate the work done by BME third sector organisations in building civil society; and calls on the Government to recognise the important contribution made by BME third sector organisations in bonding communities and promoting equality by action at national and regional levels to ensure that BME third sector organisations are adequately and equitably resourced to deliver better outcomes for BME and other communities.

To support this campaign organisations and individuals need to contact their local MP and voice their support and concerns.

You can write to your own MP c/o House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Or, contact then via telephone on 020-7219 3000. If you are unsure who is your local MP then you can search on http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/commons/l/ for their name and contact details. If you know their name and want to contact them by email then the standard address is surname, then initial of first name with the end being @parliament.uk

Voice4Change stress that you use your own words to help create a strong varied argument for the continued support of BME service in Britain, check out the website for more information.

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