Middlesex University, Hendon Town Hall, Committee Room 3
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.
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 impact of the current economic crisis and welfare restructuring on BME communities in London
- advice and welfare needs and gaps in service provision
- priorities and challenges for BME community organisations (including issues of sustainability)
- the role of community based research to gather evidence, inform decisions and empower communities
The day will also be an opportunity to launch two recently completed research projects:
- Welfare needs of Turkish and Kurdish Communities: Research team: Alessio D’Angelo, Ozlem Galip and Neil Kaye, in partnership with Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre (Hackney)
- Welfare needs of Welfare Needs of Afghan Communities: Research team: Elena Vacchelli and Neil Kaye, in partnership with Paiwand, ARDO and Afghan Association London (Harrow)
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.
- 9.30 - 10.00 - Coffee and Registration
- 10.00 - 10.30 - Welcome and Introduction
- 10.30 - 11.30 - THE POLICY CONTEXT
- Equality and public services: recent policy trends - Eleonore Kofman, Professor of Gender and Migration, Middlesex University
- Welfare restructuring and the impact on BME population - Alice Donald, Senior Research Fellow, Middlesex University
- Questions & Answers
- 11.30 - 12.45 - COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
- Researching (with) BME communities - Louise Ryan, Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University
- Community based research: two case studies (reports launch)
- Welfare needs of Turkish and Kurdish Communities - Alessio D'Angelo, Lecturer in Social Sciences, Middlesex University
- Welfare needs of Afghan Communities - Elena Vacchelli, Research Fellow, Middlesex University
- BME communities: statistical profile - Neil Kaye, Researcher, Middlesex University
- Questions & Answers
- 12.45 - 13.30 - Lunch
- 13.30 - 14.30 - BME ORGANIZATIONS: PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
- BME organisations: navigating the perfect storm - Alessio D’Angelo, Lecturer in Social Sciences, Middlesex University
- Intersectionality in the women's sector: looking at BME women's organizations - Elena Vacchelli, Research Fellow, Middlesex University
- Questions & Answers
- 14.30 - 14.45 - Evaluation of BAN (Black & Minority Ethnic Advice Network): preliminary findings - Preeti Kathrecha, Researcher, Middlesex University
- 14.45 - 15.45 - Panel discussion: insights from the BME sector;
- Wesley Harcourt, AdviceUK;
- Carolina Gottardo, LAWRS (Latin American Women's Rights Service);
- Sadida Trozic, BHCAC (Bosnia and Herzegovina Community Advice Centre);
- Sarbjit Ganger, Asian Women Centre;
- Fatima Begum, Island Advice Centre;
- Taylan Sahbaz, Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre
- 15.45 - 16.00 - Towards a Race Equality Coalition - Karen Chouhan, Runnymede Trust
- 16.00 - 16.30 - Final remarks and close
- Networking 'cream tea'
To pre-book a place or for any query please email: P.Kathrecha@mdx.ac.uk or call 02084115502