Middlesex University, Hendon Town Hall, Committee Room 3
The current economic crisis and the ongoing welfare restructuring are having a disproportionate impact on Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout the UK. As far-reaching government changes to benefits, housing, healthcare, advice provision and other services affect an already deeply unequal population, local community organisations need to work and advocate even more effectively for their clients and members. At the same time, recent funding and policy trends – from the shift to service commissioning to the 'social cohesion' agenda – have raised new challenges for the sustainability of BME sector as a whole.
This event aims to bring together practitioners, community activists, local policy makers and academics in an opportunity to engage with these issues through case studies, examples of good practices and 'knowledge exchange'. Key themes to be explored include:
The day will also be an opportunity to launch two recently completed research projects:
Both projects used a 'community-centered' approach, which combined the analysis of official data sources with surveys, interviews with service users and stakeholders and local meetings and events to discuss preliminary findings. The fieldwork was conducted with the help of community researchers especially trained by Middlesex University.
This event is organised by Alessio D'Angelo, Elena Vacchelli and Preeti Kathrecha from the Social Policy Research Centre (Middlesex University), working in partnership with Advice UK, BAN (BME Advice Network) and other community organisations. It is co-funded by the Third Sector Research Centre CBC (Capacity Building Cluster).
The event is free to attend but registration is essential.
To pre-book a place or for any query please email: P.Kathrecha@mdx.ac.uk or call 02084115502
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