Exciting and interesting projects. Grateful to have added value to many issues that confront BAME, black and minority ethnic people in Britain. Worked on developing, designing and delivery training courses in business skills, employment skills and skills for the management of community organisations. Developed systems for monitoring and appraising business and community projects, undertaken feasibility studies and business and delivery plans in a variety of fields. Policy research work on black and minority community issues have been very fulfilling. Continue to work on community consultations, engagement and involvement projects. Always finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems by designing inclusive methodologies.
A selection of recent projects are described below
Working with two organisations:- 198 CAL Gallery and Carnival de Pueblo to provide them with hands on advice on business planning, trustee and board recruitment, social impact analysis and funding sources.
Development of a Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy for the Borough of Lambeth following consultations with a survey of the sector and key informant discussions with members of the sector constituted into a steering group. The project also involved the examination of models from other local authority areas and background research to investigate new and innovative models of making the voluntary sector work in partnership with the voluntary and private sector to tackle social need in the borough.
Lewisham Sports Consortium
Working with a community organisation that has acquired council-owned land under the community ownership and management of assets scheme that they have turned into 7 footballs pitches for community use to develop a business plan and explore more ways of generating income and seeking funding to further transform the facility into a fully-fledged sustainable community centre
Gloucestershire County Council
Review of support services to carers from the black and minority ethnic communities to ensure that they receive appropriate support from the county to enable them to provide better care
Insight research into the Caribbean community to find out why they are dissatisfied with the services delivered by the council and with recommendations as to how they can be better engaged with the council to codesign, co-develop and co-deliver services within a cooperative council
Ekaya Housing Association
Facilitation of an away day seminar to ensure that the social landlord delivers a more appropriate portfolio of services to the tenants by providing value
Watford African Caribbean Association
Outreach into the community to determine emerging needs and emerging communities and how these can be addressed by a community organisation that needs to refocus its activities to become relevant to its younger members and newer communities coming into the area
International Organization for Migration
Research the views of Nigerian professionals in the UK to determine how they can be encouraged back home to assist with the development effort
Black Issues Matter
Equality is the single most important issue in the world today. Whilst it must have been a minority issue in the past, it has become a majority issue with the changes in demographics of this country which has become a multicultural multiethnic place. It is only when BAME black and minority ethnic people are able to benefit socially, economically and politically that they can contribute their best to the continued development of Britain.