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					Having Our Say - BME networking
event
4th September 2007 – Conference Summary
Overall Purpose
To enable BME (Black and minority ethnic) voluntary, community and faith
based organisations to explore key issues that could be affecting them in the
coming months and explore how they might want to network in the future to
increase voice and influence on these issues.

Overall Outcome:-
Many issues were raised, generating a huge range of sometimes conflicting
ideas for increasing voice and influence of BME communities in Sheffield.
Further events will therefore be held to move these discussions and ideas on.
A number of people at the event volunteered to help progress these ideas.
We will keep sending you updates of the outcomes of these meetings.

If you weren‟t able to attend the event but would like to be part of the follow
up meetings please let OFFER know on 0114 253 6730 or email
info@offer.org.uk (this account is checked daily).

Event Statistics
96 people attended, 31 evaluation forms were returned. Between three
quarters and four fifths felt they were able to contribute their ideas on how a
BME network could operate, felt there was an inclusive approach and they
were able to contribute. However less than a fifth felt there was a clear way
forward to progress the issues raised on the day.
For full details of the evaluation forms and comments made, see Appendix A.

Structure of the Event
      Introductions
      Dave Jackson (OFFER), Nick Warren (VAS) and Ann Allen (City Council)
      opened the event explaining why their organisations were involved and
      what they hoped people would get from the afternoon. For details of
      their talks, see Appendix B. Dave then introduced Dr Ravi Thiara from
      Warwick University who facilitated the rest of the event.
      1st Small Group Discussions
      Irshad Aqbar who was until recently a BME representative on the
      Sheffield First Children & Young People‟s Partnership gave a quick
      update on why he had got involved, what difference he‟d been able to
      make and the opportunities he thought this had created for BME
      communities.
      In groups people then examined what they felt were their current
      routes of influence, what the challenges are in getting their voice
      heard, did they feel these routes of influence were enough and then



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      most importantly, what else needs to be done, how do BME
      organisations want to be represented and influence decisions?. For the
      results of this workshop see Appendix C
      Current and up and coming issues
      Kerry Jones, the Manager of Sheffield First Children & Young People‟s
      Partnership outlined the key changes she was aware of that BME
      groups may want to influence.
      Dave Jackson (OFFER) described the city Council‟s Commissioning
      Strategy for the Third sector, the next Local Area Agreement and the
      announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review and why BME
      groups might want to influence these. For details of these issues, see
      Appendix D.
      2nd Small Group Discussions
      In groups, people then discussed what they thought were the things
      that they wanted to influence. For details of these discussions, see
      Appendix E
      Feedback and Large Group Discussion
      Each small group then provided feedback on the issues they wanted to
      influence and some combined this with how they thought BME groups
      needed to be represented (the results of the 1st small group
      discussions). Dr Ravi Thiara then facilitated a discussion from the
      whole room for what might need to happen next and how this might
      be divided between short and long-term actions. Dave Jackson then
      concluded the event asking for volunteers to help continue the debate
      and progress the issues raised. Twenty people have so far put their
      names forward. If you want to know who they are, see Appendix F.

How BME organisations want to be represented and influence
decisions?
The ideas generated did not always agree with each other. Here is a sample
of some points, to give a flavour of the range. For the full detail, see
Appendix G.
 Could have a loose informal network
 Need a strong BME infrastructure organisation
 Build on the organisations we already have creating a “hub and spoke”
   model, existing organisations becoming the spokes, ensuring they
   represent the interests of their particular sections of BME communities and
   a new central hub organisation that pulls this all together.
 Concern that the „old guard‟ aren‟t being involved and taking part.
 Concern about „old guard‟ being involved in setting up a new
   representative association.
 Need adequate and true representation throughout any new systems
   being put in place.
 Tired of consultations with no forward actions.
 Any forum needs to be safe and enabling.
 Any representation has to recognise the BME community is not static or
   homogenous.
 One size does not fit all.


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   If we have representatives on Boards, how do we report back to those we
    speak for? Feedback mandate?

How can this happen in the short term and long term?
A summary of some of the main ideas are here, if you want to see the full
details of the discussion, see Appendix H.
   Short term
        o Activity to increase the number and range of groups involved.
        o Strengthen existing organisations.
        o Look at best practice elsewhere.
        o Directory of organisations in the city with details of work and
            contacts.
        o People to volunteer to take these ideas forward – „Steering Group‟.
        o Development does not just have to be by BME people – look at best
            practice elsewhere, learn from it and accept help.
        o Address the accountability of any new structure immediately.

    Long term
        Ensure we can hold statutory agencies to account.
        Build a network and test its accountability and ensure:
                o It is transparent
                o Fully accountable
                o Has achievable and measurable goals
                o Is fit for purpose

          Perhaps a hub and spokes model – with sub-networks for specific
           interest/policy groupings, clusters of voices that feed into a city-
           wide voice.
          Any BME network to work in partnership.
          Sheffield City Council to work with BME organisations to meet the
           needs of communities.
          Can we get the Sheffield First Family to simplify and demystify the
           structures for people to engage and participate in?

Next Steps
Ensure there is some kind of network to enable people to be aware of future
opportunities
Set up follow up meetings for the people who‟ve volunteered to help move
this forward.

Further information
For further information on the people who spoke on the day, how to contact
them and the work of OFFER, VAS and the City Council, see Appendix I. For a
full attendance list, see Appendix J




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                          APPENDIX A
                    Evaluation Summary
Having Our Say: BME Infrastructure event, 4 September 2007

Total number of evaluation forms received: 31
.
Comments on how well the event met its objectives                   Yes         In part    No
You were able to contribute your ideas on how a BME network         23          8
could operate in being a voice and influence body

The process of engaging in the group discussion was inclusive       26          5
and allowed you the opportunity to contribute

Do you feel confident that there is a clear way forward to          6           16         7
progress the issues raised today?

Comments:
Feel it was a roadshow. Lack of time for proper discussion, notice of issues not taken. Just
another tick box exercise.
Seems like the organisers have come to a pre-determined conclusion. I am in support of a new
BME network to overcome previous gatekeepers, but this should be developed and led by BME
groups and communities.
Yes, there can be if the process that we use is appropriately managed.
Need to develop a structure that can support diverse communities and can report to Sheffield
First Boards

                                                  Very       Poor        Okay       Good       Very
                                                  poor                                         Good
What did you think of the venue? Please                       1         7        12            10
include any comments on location and
accessibility.
Comments:
Easily accessible
Pleased that there was a prayer room
Could have been a city centre venue
Poor food choice and presentation – not clearly labelled halal. No parking spaces available
Great accessibility, good food, clean. Though pillars blocked view of stage and chairs
uncomfortable
Parking a problem


                                                 Not at      No      Okay       Yes        Definitely
                                                 all
Did you have enough information in                           10      7          11         1
advance of the event? Please include
details of any extra information you
would have liked.



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Comments:
Would have been useful to have some of the info pack information before the event X2
Research materials
Info on the workshops was not included in the leaflet I received
Would have been useful to have programme, speakers, info on aims of the day in advance.
Agenda in advance would have been useful
A list of participants in alphabetical order of name not organisation and a description of what the
organisation represented. Acronyms not useful. Contact details should be included.

                                                   Very      Poor      Okay       Good      Very
                                                   poor                                     Good
How well do you feel the event was                        1          5         14           10
facilitated? E.g. were you encouraged to
participate?
Comments:
Could have made people more aware of contents and relevance of info, to empower groups/
access info
Very well facilitated
More time to explore contentious issues
Good but the event was rushed and in future should plan plenty of time for discussions.
Facilitator very inclusive.
Good but feedback was poorly organised. Very passionate discussions held but not harnessed.

                                                  Not at    No        Okay       Yes       Definitely
                                                  all
Overall how useful did you find the               1         2         2          14        11
event?

What did you         Table discussions x6
find most useful     Opportunity to listen
about the event?     Discussions and suggestions of way forward x2
                     Debate was excellent
                     Group work and contacts made
                     Networking x6
                     Feedback and comments at the end
                     Discussing ideas x2
                     Bringing communities together
                     Having a say in making a difference
What did you         No actions taken forward, the structure, not allowing questions to be asked
find least useful    or open discussion
about the event?     More BME speakers/ leaders rather than white people still holding the reins
                     and telling us what we can/ can‟t do
                     Lack of time x4
                     Parking
                     Lack of concrete action points
                     Workshop
                     Feedback/ plenary – lacked focus and clarity, unclear outcomes
                     ????? of „tokenism‟

Other comments
None


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                         APPENDIX B
Dave Jackson – Director OFFER
OUTLINE – Key Points

OFFER‟s role is to help Voluntary Community and Faith sector have a strong,
influential voice where the key decisions for the city are made.

BCF (Black Community Forum) was one of our founder members. A BME
network helped form us, now we want to try and help BME organisations
continue to network.

Whatever people‟s feelings on what has happened to BCF, what is clear from
what OFFER‟s point of view, is that the voice and influence of BME groups has
decreased. I hope people feel that this is a voice worth having.

We‟re well aware that some individuals are working hard to establish an
effective network organisation and this takes a lot of time. However there are
some important city-wide decisions about to take place and to help BME
organisations be part of this we need to do something now.

Therefore my hopes for today are two-fold. Firstly to gather short-term
solutions for what we do now to get us through the coming months, ensuring
the voice of the city‟s BME voluntary, community and faith sector
organisations are heard now. Secondly to develop ideas for how we progress
this in the medium to long-term, with some volunteers from today willing to
help move this on.

Nick Warren, Chief Executive VAS
OUTLINE – Key Points

Through its ongoing support work to voluntary/community organisations VAS
gains knowledge of what BME organisations in Sheffield are already doing,
and what some of the constraints are.

VAS therefore is constantly reminded of the important contribution BME
volunteers, including refugees and asylum seekers make to the life of the city.

The lack or recognition of the above contribution and the constraints in being
able to get this message across stem from lack of voice and influence in
critical places.

It is in the interest of all of Sheffield‟s communities to see this happen.

We pledge to support you in moving forward with an agenda which works
towards this end.




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Ann Allen, Manager of Community and Neighbourhood Renewal
OUTLINE – Key Points

Thank you to everyone for attending

Reiterate Dave and Nick‟s comments about the importance of influence.

All statutory agencies are keen to engage with BME communities to hear that
voice and perspective.

To illustrate this, you only have to look at today‟s delegates list to see how
many statutory agencies are here to support this first event.

It is important build on this – maintain links – and move forward together on
mutually beneficial agendas.

This event titled „Having Our Say‟ – and I look forward to hearing you do just
that over the next four hours.




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                        APPENDIX C
Current routes of influence
 Directly to a councillor.
 Reliance on white organisations to represent interests.
 Youth Council, public events.
 Area Panel.
 Youth Parliament.
 Most agreed with the list provided – some asked question „where is the
   BME representation in all these?


Challenges in getting voices heard
A number of challenges were outlined:

   Lack of awareness/knowledge on how structures work; not enough
    information. Confusion about variety of bodies, forums and partnerships.
    Lack of knowledge of representation leads to gaps in decision making.
   The needs of BME people are not addressed and sometimes, it‟s who you
    know!
   Discrimination.
   Resources.
   Lots of small organisations/groups – require united voice to ensure we are
    not losing the voice of more vulnerable group who are not able to make
    their voices heard. Lack of a support network. Not enough structure.
   Lack of statutory services support for BME organisations and lack of vision
    and intent of what can be achieved as a community from statutory bodies.
   Poor consultation.
   No tools to challenge.
   Statutory groups are not accessible and it‟s difficult to keep in touch. Not
    all information is clear. Local organisations need to be less impenetrable
    and more open. Currently there are some very complicated pathways in
    some areas such as Health and these need simplifying.
   Gap in resources – don‟t have staff to keep continuously updated.
   Language/literacy.
   Top down process.
   Lack of true partnership and collaboration.
   Not addressing the needs of different communities, living in one box –
    double devolution!
   Decision makers are out of touch.
   BME organisations lack influence.
   Multiple communities, multiple agendas and multiple voices from above.
   Gatekeepers define how you get your voice heard.
   Area Panel – you voice your opinion but it does not change the agenda
    and it carries on in the same way.




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   Most of them talk about working in partnership but don‟t do it. Networks
    are not the same as partnerships which are created.
   People with the money have more power.
   Lack of resources to be involved at the start, as lack of early input leads to
    no influence during.
   Representation is very demanding in terms of time – and the context
    within which representation takes place is very complicated – both in
    terms of issues and of structures. Also there is little clarity about what is
    able to be influenced, and what outcomes are realistically achievable.
    Working towards simplifying this would help to improve effective
    representation.

Are these routes of influence enough?
    No! Not joined up and not working.
    Enough routes but need to work more effectively.
    Current structures are too complex and contribute to people not
      participating versus complexity increases number of routes to
      influence.
    Needs to be more onus on decision makers to make an effort on
      engagement.

       This depends on effectiveness of influence determined by:
           o Are issues picked up?
           o Are answers chased up?
           o Do all partners accept responsibility to deliver outcomes?

       Feeling that participation of BME groups is tick box and that issues are
        blocked at a lower level and not fed to decision makers. Don‟t see the
        results.
       „Consultation‟ doesn‟t listen!
       Culture of „usual suspects‟.

       What route are BME representatives using to get their mandate from
        BME communities or is this tokenism?




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                        APPENDIX D
1. Comprehensive Spending Review and Local Area Agreements
        a. Comprehensive Spending Review
Shortly after the current Labour Government came to power it undertook one
of the most comprehensive reviews of all Government expenditure across
every Department to try and determine how best its monies should be used
to achieve the Government‟s objectives. Since then there have been smaller
reviews every three years. 10 years on, the Government is doing the same
comprehensive review again and sometime this Autumn, the details of the
Government‟s second Comprehensive Spending Review will be announced.
This is important for us in Sheffield for a number of reasons:
1) We will find out how much national public money will come to the city and
what the future of regeneration programmes like neighbourhood renewal
fund will be. Many of these sorts of funds have benefited the Voluntary,
Community, Faith sector through small grants or specific pieces of work to
support some of the most disadvantaged communities. The bad news is all
the indications are that it will be less money than before.
2) Government is assuring us, that it will commit to saying what its funding
will be for the next three years. They expect Local Authorities and other
statutory agencies to pass this three year commitment onto our sector too, so
we should be able to at long last get longer-term funding settlements.
3) Because of Local Area Agreements – see below, national Government
should be much less prescriptive on how it wants this money used, enabling
local authorities working with their partners on the LSP (Local Strategic
Partnership – in Sheffield this is the Sheffield First Family) to come up with
their own priorities.

       b. Local Area Agreements
Sheffield was one of the first local authority areas to adopt a Local Area
Agreement in 2005 running until the end of March 2008. Ideally it would have
ushered in a new era for Sheffield where statutory agencies together with the
private and VCF (Voluntary, Community, Faith) sector would jointly decide
how resources should be used in the city and national government would
reduce the level of reporting so its funds could be used more flexibly.
However for all sorts of reasons, not least the reluctance of individual
Government Departments to lose control over their own projects, targets and
funding streams making any local discussions meaningless, very little of this
was achieved.
However, with the announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review in
the autumn, see above, there‟s a good chance this will change.
              i. What’s the difference this time around?
National Government says it really will, this time combine a whole raft of
smaller funding initiatives into a single Local Area Agreement pot which can
be used to fund the priorities set by the Local Strategic Partnership (so in our
case the Sheffield First Family of Partnerships). This ought to be good news
for us because the VCF sector has a strong voice on Sheffield First, but of key

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importance for today‟s event is the fact that currently, the voice of BME
voluntary sector groups is weak.
In addition, at the same time as announcing the Comprehensive Spending
Review, Government will produce a list of 200 indicators on which it will want
to measure progress and how its money is being spent. This is a huge
reduction on the number of indicators a local authority area currently has to
report on. Where this becomes really significant is that Sheffield can take
these 200 and choose up to 35 which it thinks are the most important for the
city. This means as a voluntary, community faith sector, we can use our
influence on the Sheffield First Family to help determine what the priorities
and therefore investment decisions are for the next three years. In addition
we should be able to be part of deciding how all the indicators will be
delivered, helping set the actions needed to make these happen.

2. City Council Commissioning Framework for the Third Sector
On the 11th July 2007, the City Council‟s Cabinet approved a Commissioning
Framework for the Third sector, i.e. for voluntary, community and faith sector
organisations. This is potentially a huge step forward because:-

      All services that are currently contracted out will now have to involve
       our sector in any redesign or review of that service.
      All services that already involve the third sector in redesign because we
       are already potential service deliverers (e.g. many health and social
       health contracts) will also now need to involve the sector as a
       source of local knowledge of community need.
      All services outside of a competitive regime will need to be tested for
       their suitability for commissioning from the third sector. They should
       do this as part of their annual service review and three year Financial
       service review.
      There will be a gradual introduction of the above

In essence this means that for the first time, VCF sector organisations who
can state they are a voice for BME communities should be able to have a real
chance of influencing how services are delivered.
OFFER, VAS and SCEDU are currently working up proposals to take to the City
Council to ensure that all service re-designs are open to all and publicised
widely and so that we can provide training to any people who want to take
part in this, but would like more support.




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                       APPENDIX E
What are the things BME organisations want to influence? What are
your priorities?

     The agenda.
     Funding streams.
     Council not to pay lip service, like now! The current process of today‟s
      agenda.
     Influence the process including elections.
     The way that key issues are decided, ie. the selection process for
      representation.
     Selection process – how effective is it at getting the most appropriate
      people? Does it allow/promote/ensure accountability? Better publicity is
      required for what opportunities for representation are available, how
      the process works, and who the reps are.
     Local authority and funding.
     Regional authority and funding.
     Define what we mean by the „community‟.
     Decision making bodies across the board and ensure equal
      representation.
     Stop reacting to local consultation and being proactive to local strategic
      work.
     Need permanent presence in policy making.
     Need to network and think outside the box and look at regional and
      national influence.
     Need leadership and influence and develop a strategic arm to move
      some things forward.
     Need more educational awareness in schools.
     Statutory support for festivals/carnivals.

     Whatever effects BME communities – sport and education, health,
      housing, LSPs, safety/crime – lip service being paid.
     Local Area Agreement – influence on 35 priorities.
     Influence the mechanism of getting reps on LSP, not enough to have
      one BME person on partnerships. Not strong enough voice regarding
      economic development on the LSP.
     Guaranteed seats on the LSP and the places of influence.
     Resources for reps to be involved in partnerships.
     BME representation on SPP and partnerships.
     Every child matters agenda.
     Lessen gap between grassroots and decision makers/centres of power.
     Health is a key issue, with specific issues across the BME sector, but
      also within the sector. E.g. Mental health and institutionalisation of
      young men. Also the health strategic and policy structures are very



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        complex, making it important to clarify where BME interests need
        pushing.
     Children and Young people/”Education” was also seen an important
        issue at grassroots level, with much underachievement, etc. among
        BME youth. Some scepticism about the effectiveness of the 0 – 19
        Partnership Board, might explain the lack of interest in the vacant BME
        position.
   Funding is a key issue – many BME organisations have a real sustainability
    issue. Uncertainty of funding is very damaging for individual orgs but also
    undermines the general sense of community.
   Commissioning was seen as potentially very helpful for many BME orgs,
    but also seen as very competitive market, and many BME orgs have a
    capacity problem. Larger orgs have a major advantage.
     Financial support for VCS organisations delivering „statutory services‟
        (e.g. culturally appropriate health services).
     Take time to develop the right routes to influence.

       Young people and Health.
       Create wealth through employment and education.
       Remove the burden of short term funding to focus on our group‟s
        aims.
       Need to know what we can influence.
       Being aware of the „rules of engagement‟ – what questions can we ask
        and how do we ask a question?
       Making it easier to work with statutory partners.
       Less detailed criteria for funding, accountability of funding.
       Allocation and distribution of resources and access to resources.
       Greater understanding of our issues.

       Events to explain more widely how the city works.
       Need to stop justifying our existence.
       Service delivery – to be influenced by BME communities and be
        culturally sensitive.
       Service provider accountability for service development.

       Need to come together to manage democratic unity.
       Lack of awareness of how to get involved.
       BME rep to have strategic overview and have presence in partnerships
        and have a long term plan, not just keep responding to requests =
        long term equitable involvement.
       Short-term funding – damages sense of community.




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                      APPENDIX F
Volunteers to help take the discussions forward as of 20/09/07
First name Last name Organisation

Irshad      Akbar       Pakistan Muslim Centre
Ricky       Bennett     SADACCA
Malcolm     Cumberbatch SYAC
Vernon      Collymore   Sheffield Futures
Patrick     Edwards     Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS)
Nina        Gabou       African Peer Education Project
Steve       Gayle       Shoreham Street TARA
Pam         Grant       NAVCA
Maxine      Greaves     BME Govenor Network
Shahidah    Janjua      Black Women's Network
Mushall     Khan        Sheffield First
Ronnie      Lewin       Burngreave New Deal for Communities
Florence    McCready    South Sheffield Partnership
Wahid       Nazir       Pakistan Community Association and Advice Centre
Hardeep     Pabla       Sheffield Black Drugs Service
Bakul       Popat       Sheffield City Council
Ramichand   Samachetty Sheffield Racial Equality Council
Jim         Steinke     Sheffield Inclusive & Cosmopolitan Board
Anwa        Suliman     TVOTP
Christine   Ventour     South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau




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                     APPENDIX G
   Local partnership and real substance into their intentions of engaging
    with BME communities. Act upon data collated, views of the
    community. Equal partnerships which are serious about representation
    and accountability.
   Create a pool of people who can relate to communities.
   Organisations and management need to have accountability and there
    need to be consequences for not doing their job properly.
   Transparency.
   Need long term sustainable voluntary and community organisations –
    funding.
   For participation, we need capacity building, training, facilitation, and
    resources.
   More events like this.

   BME community needs one united voice (need to support existing BME
    infrastructure). Most BME organisations want a voice.
   Need a development worker.
   Support grassroots organisations.
   Regular dialogue and create a democratic unity that focuses on the
    issues.
   Decision makers need to mainstream engagement and have a budget.
   More awareness/knowledge of the local structures and programmes
    that exist.

   Talk to others to inform yourselves and join forces, an umbrella
    organisation to bring it together. An umbrella organisation can support
    BME organisations and be made up of local representatives –
    geographic area and by community. However, the following would
    need to be given attention:

       o Whose voice do the representatives highlight and who do they
         carry with them.
       o They must have knowledge of Sheffield and of issues.
       o They must have their own strengths.
       o Must be motivated by community interest and not self interest.
       o An umbrella organisation needs careful building up, with a
         testing of its representation, ideas and approach.

          Conferences good at sparking ideas but a need for ongoing
           network to raise issues.
          An organisation to develop BME organisations.
          Develop a robust and effective BME infrastructure and selection
           process.




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             Want to see actions and solutions – and what agenda will follow
              on from this event.
             Loose network.
             A forum to feed into decision making in Partnerships.
             Local champions, especially young people who need to be
              nurtured, underpinned and supported by a network which gives
              strategic direction,.
             We need to know what the next step is and to have a group to
              move the next stage forward which is inclusive of all BME
              groups – women, refugees and young people in particular.
             The gap between BME communities and those in power is
              growing – why?
          o   Lack of organisation
          o   No co-ordination
          o   No strategy
          o   No priorities widely agreed
          o   Lack of involvement by young people – too many older ones
              who act as gatekeepers.

   Honesty and transparency by partners over what can be
    influenced/agendas.
   Networking for workers, volunteers and managers.
   Raising awareness of routes of influence amongst workers/volunteers.
   Involve young people for new ideas.
   Making sure voices are heard unadulterated at the top decision making
    processes so that change happens.
   Organisations need to be transparent about what they do and don‟t do.
   Equitable finance in proportion to communities to enable long term work.

   Permanent representative posts at city level.
   Proportionate BME representation at all levels.
   Get partnerships to a level playing field.
   Recognise VCF‟s contribution to people‟s daily lives.
   Decision makers to illustrate they are supportive of change.
   Ensure community groups are mandated, accountable and have regular
    reports.
   Reduce the gap between BME groups and decision makers through
    involvement in SFP and have self organisations by BME communities.

   Statutory organisations to carry out a health check on all BME
    organisations with a view to support instead of dismantling.
   Need capacity building and mentoring to build up the confidence of small
    community organisations to enable them to deal on an equal footing with
    others.
   One Stop Shop for community activity.
   Need paid workers in any new organisation
   Time for networks to come together.
   To be recognised as an individuals BME group not part of the Third Sector.


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   Effective monitoring and evaluation of tenders and who is appointed to
    deliver them.

General issues
 Concern about „old guard‟ being involved in setting up a new
   representative association.
 Need adequate and true representation throughout.
 Tired of consultations with no forward actions.
 Tired of being a tick box.
 A number of BME organisations forced to dismantle.
 Any forum needs to be safe and enabling.
 BME community is not static or homogenous.
 One size does not fit all.
 If on boards, how do we report back to those we speak for? Feedback
   mandate?

Actions
 Find out what has been done elsewhere - look at examples, e.g.
    Nottingham, West Midlands.
 Cross-sector, multi-agency directory of who does what and where to find
    them.
 Accessible websites.
 Internet forums?




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                       APPENDIX H
How BME organisations want to be represented and influence
decisions. How can this happen in the short term and long term?

   DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE ROBUST BME INFRASTRUCTURE.
   Need overall BME organisation which is represented, has integrity and
    leadership.
   An accountable BME voice on decision making bodies, ie. Police authority,
    Yorkshire Forward, PCT, Strategic Partnership.
   Hub and spoke model or a BCF model?
   A network or group drawn from existing groups which has mandate, to be
    city wide and work to a timetable.

   Communicate with each other.
   Need more local routes to influence and more encouragement by the city
    council and health to engage BME communities.
   Need for the SCC to want to change and reflect the changes in the city.
    Only hears those who shout loudest at present.

Short term
 Equality of monitoring processes for BME and non-BME projects.
 Strengthen existing organisations.
 Start work on decision making audit trail.
 Facilitation and financial support for the development of a network with
   permanent paid staff – hub and spoke model?
 Look at best practice elsewhere.
 Take responsibility – put ourselves forward.
 Directory of organisations in the city with details of work and contacts.
 People to volunteer to take these ideas forward – „Steering Group‟.
 Start review of existing structures from the point of what people want out
   of it.
 Look for and deliver confidence building activity.
 Activity to increase the number and range of groups involved.
 Development does not just have to be by BME people – look at best
   practice elsewhere, learn from it and accept help.
 Address the accountability of any new structure immediately.

Long term
 How to hold statutory agencies to account.
 Build a network and test its accountability and ensure:
          o It is transparent
          o Fully accountable
          o Has achievable and measurable goals
          o Is fit for purpose




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   Perhaps a hub and spokes model – with sub-networks for specific
    interest/policy groupings, clusters of voices that feed into a city-wide
    voice.
   Any BME network to work in partnership.
   SCC to work with BME organisations to meet the needs of communities.
   Duty to simplify and demystify the structures for people to engage and
    participate in SF Family.




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                         APPENDIX I
Contact details of the speakers at this event and explanation of the
work of Sheffield City Council, VAS and OFFER

Dr Ravi Thiara
Ravi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Safety and
Well-being, School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick,
UK. She has 20 years experience in research and training at national and
international levels. Ravi has been involved in BME and women‟s
organisations for over 20 years, both as a staff member and on numerous
management boards, including being the Deputy Director (Policy) of the
Greater London Action on Race Equality.

Alongside her university work, Ravi also undertakes independent work in
policy and service development, evaluation, research and training. She has
worked with many government departments, statutory agencies and
voluntary organisations. She has a national and international reputation and is
frequently asked to speak at conferences and facilitate workshops. Ravi has
published widely, including a good practice manual on strengthening diversity
in domestic violence services. She is committed to an anti-discriminatory
approach in her work and has a particular expertise in BME and women‟s
issues. Over the last 10 years, Ravi has been working in the violence against
women and children field as a senior researcher and specialist advisor to
front-line services.
Email: R.K.Thiara@warwick.ac.uk

Irshad Akbar
Irshad is a business advisor for Sheffield Enterprise Clusters, a part of SCEDU
(Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit). His role is to support
VCF sector organisations establish social enterprises to help them with their
long-term sustainability. Irshad was until recently Chief Executive of PMC
(Pakistani Muslim Centre) and continues to support them in his current role,
through helping them explore opportunities for becoming more sustainable.
Irshad was for nearly two years the VCF sector‟s BME representative on the
Sheffield First Children & Young People‟s 0-19+ Partnership Board.
You can contact Irshad on Tel 0114 201 5260 or email
irshad.sec@scedu.co.uk

Kerry Jones
Kerry is the Partnership Manager for Children & Young People‟s 0-19+
Partnership Board. This means she is responsible for the strategic
development of the Partnership, ensuring this Board and all its sub groups
operate as efficiently as possible, are provided with the information they need
and that all partners including our sector are supported to play their full part.
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You can contact Kerry on Tel 0114 203 9670 or email
kerry.jones@sheffield.gov.uk

Ann Allen and the Community & Neighbourhood Renewal Teams
Ann manages the Community and Neighbourhood Renewal section within the
Neighbourhood Renewal and Partnership Service of the City Council.
You can contact Ann on Tel 0114 273 6751 or email
ann.allen@sheffield.gov.uk
This section is very much an outward facing service and works with the
voluntary and community sector in the city on a number of levels such as
    developing the Compact between the authority and the sector
    as part of the Council‟s Grant Aid Programme
    managing community buildings
    providing programme management functions for regeneration schemes
       such as Objective 1 and Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and
    working with partnership and groups on community regeneration
       issues.

The team that delivers the community regeneration function is managed by
Steve Kinneavy and includes four geographically based officers whose role it
is to work with existing partnerships and groups to build a voluntary
community sector infrastructure across the city. The team works closely with
the Community Empowerment Network (OFFER and VAS) and provides a
direct route back into the council to raise local issues.

That work can range from providing help and support on constitutional
matters, helping to complete funding bids or arranging discussions about the
transfer of assets to the sector.

The officers are listed below along with their geographical area of work.

Lynne Richardson           North Sheffield
Lindsay Smith              North East
Daniel Junor               South and West
Ghazala Bi                 BME Support in Darnall

Important for today‟s event is the inclusion in the Community Regeneration
Development Team is a fifth officer whose specific remit is to work with black
and minority ethnic communities across the city and who has been a lead
member of the organising group in bringing together today‟s event. Her name
is Shamshad Hussain and her contact details are Tel.: 0114 273 6962.

The team also includes a worker specifically employed to support the
Bangladeshi Community. His name is Bakul Popat and is based in Darnall.




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Nick Warren and Voluntary Action Sheffield
Nick is the Chief Executive of VAS (Voluntary Action Sheffield).
You can contact Nick on Tel 0114 253 6605 or email n.warren@vas.org.uk
(VAS) is an independent voluntary organisation supporting the development
of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) locally.
VAS provides a wide range of support and services to groups, helping those
that are starting up, as well as organisations that are already established. We
are committed to equal opportunities and to making our services relevant and
accessible to smaller, community based groups.
In addition to support for groups, some of VAS‟ services are directed at
individuals, particularly volunteers and people who use health & social care
services in the city.
VAS also has an intermediary role, supporting and facilitating joint working
between voluntary & community groups and with statutory bodies; and
helping to ensure that the interests and concerns of the VCS are properly
represented.
VAS’s services and work includes
• group development support and advice on matters such as constitutions,
management committees, fundraising, how to win public sector contracts and
form consortia, sustainability and quality systems
• specialist services including community accountancy and payroll, legal
advice, ICT advice
• Volunteer Centre
• training programmes delivered in the city centre and in communities
• information and publications including Voluntary Action News, information
sheets, website
• office accommodation for voluntary and community groups
• planning and partnership work with health, housing and social care
organisations and statutory partners
• involvement in strategic partnership working relevant to the voluntary and
community sector and VAS‟s work
• leading the South Yorkshire Quality Project
You can contact all VAS staff on Tel 0114 253 6600, or email info@vas.org.uk
or visit their website www.vas.org.uk



Dave Jackson and OFFER
Dave is the Director of OFFER (Open Forum for Economic Regeneration),
heading up a team of 9. OFFER is an independent charity with a management
Board reflecting the range of interests and networks within the sector.
You can contact Dave on Tel 0114 253 6730 or email davej@offer.org.uk or

OFFER convenes the Community Empowerment Network for Sheffield. This
means our role is to enable the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector to be
able to join forces so that collectively we can have voice and influence with
the key decision makers in the city at the highest strategic level. We do this
primarily through organising the appointment and providing ongoing support


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to the Voluntary and Community and Faith sector representatives on the
Sheffield First and other Partnership Boards. We also support some of the
emerging partnerships at area and neighbourhood level, work with a number
of the city‟s Community Forums and help new networks such as a city-wide
Faiths Forum establish.
There are over 50 VCF sector members of the Sheffield First Family of
Partnerships and we are currently supporting Community Forums to recruit
parent and community representatives to the 7 Children and Young People
Service District Boards.
The organisation produces regular mailings available to all networks, groups
and organisations keeping members informed on all important strategic topics
for Sheffield‟s VCF sector in addition to a free newsletter, Regeneration News.
Our website, www.offer.org.uk provides an extensive information resource for
a range of topics and up to date information on what our sector‟s
representatives are influencing on the Sheffield First Partnership Boards.
We regularly run a six session course called How Your City Works designed to
help anyone from the VCF sector make the most of the opportunities to
influence decision making in the city, more information is in a separate leaflet.
You can contact all OFFER staff on Tel 0114 253 6730 or email
info@offer.org.uk or visit our website www.offer.org.uk




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                         APPENDIX J
Attendance List

Florence McCready        South Sheffield Partnership

Shabaz Abbas             Lifelong Learning & Skills

Zain Abdulla             Sheffield Futures
                         Burngreave Street Worx

Andrew Adelogin          Children & Young People's services

Huda Ahmed               Corporate Policy Unit

Mohammed Ahmed           PME planning Group

Irshad Akbar             Pakistan Muslim Centre

Waheed Aktar             Ethnic Policy Association

Fouzia Ali               Burngreave Advocacy Now

Ann Allen                Sheffield City Council

Janet Angel              SREC

Miriam Anthony           Israac

Laurence Bassingha       Darnall & District Advice Service

Ricky Bennett            SADACCA

Wilton Blake             Sheffield City Council

Marlene Burrell          Jeevan Project

Carmen Calvo-            HABS
Rodriguez

John Cambell             Councillor - Sheffield City Council

Janet Carter             Sheffield PCT Traveller Health

Yvonne Cass              Northern Refugee Centre

Chaitali Chattopadhgay   Northern Refugee Centre

Zohra Choudhry           VC Train


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Vernon Collymore      Sheffield Futures

Valerie Cotter        Sheffield City Council

Malcolm Cumberbatch   SYAC Ltd

H Daudjee             Sheffield Care Trust

Cherry Dowies         BNDfC

Patrick Edwards       Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS)

Ali Fadhl             Yafa Charity Organisation

Nina Gabou            African Peer Education Project

Steve Gayle           Shoreham Street TARA

Pam Grant             NAVCA

Maxine Greaves        BME Governor Network

Mike Hodson           Offer

Natalie Hunt          Offer

Gulnaz Hussain        Pakistan Community Assoication and Advice
                      Centre

Shamshad Hussain      Sheffield City Council

Mazher Iqbal          Sheffield City Council

Mohammad Ismail       Asian Diabetic Group

Dave Jackson          Offer

Patsy Jackson         NCC Short Stay

Ismail Jama           Somali Link Action

Shahidah Janjua       Black Women's Network

Louise Jennings       Morgan Dias Immigration Consultants Ltd

Kerry Jones           0-19+ Children and Young People's Partnership

Lorraine Jubb         POPPS


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Daniel Junor        Sheffield City Council

Ahmed Khan          Asian Old Peoples Caring Society

Basheer Khan        Pothwar Society of Sheffield

Zareeda Khan        Al-Nisa Sport & Leisure

Iran Khan           Roshni

Yasir Khan          CYPD

Safina Khan         Al-Nisa

Mushall Khan        Sheffield First

Levan Khazbulatov   Northern Refugee Centre

Steve Kinneavy      Sheffield City Council

Nigel Lang          Burngreave Drug Project

Shamsa Latif        Job Centre Plus

Keith Levy          Voluntary Action Sheffield

Ronnie Lewin        Burngreave New Deal for Communities

Pat Lewis           Children & Young People's Directorate

Stella MacKonnen    Sheffield City Council

Ray Manion          Sheffield African Resources Centre

Clinton McKoy       Black Palm Mentoring Project

Nesar Miah          Sheffield City Centre

Pat Midgley         Councillor, Sheffield City Council

Evelyn Milne        Sheffield City Council

Lucy Moffatt        Sheffield City Council

Thando Moto         NCC Short Stay

Saara Nawaz         Inclusive Living Sheffield



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Wahid Nazir            Pakistan Community Association and Advice
                       Centre

Monica Otienu          African Peer Education Project

Hardeep Pabla          SBDS

Kokila Patel           Sheffield Primary Care Trust

Chetna Patel           Sheffield City Council

Bakul Popat            Sheffield City Council

Randolf Prime          Faith Forum

M Ramzan               Asian Old People's Caring Society

Lisa Risden            Black Palm Mentoring Project

Zeb Saddif             Indigo

Ramichand Samachetty   Inclusion Board

Andy Shallice          Sheffield City Council

Charles Sharp          Darnall & District Advice Service

Jim Steinke            Sheffield Inclusive & Cosmopolitan Board

Anwa Suleman           TVOTP

Helen Todd             Northern Refugee Centre

Christine Ventour      South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau

Nick Warren            Voluntary Action Sheffield

Nicky Wilson           Sheffield Gallerys and Museums Trust

Jonathan Wright        Oxford University

Tim Wright             Offer

Steve Wright           POPPS

Ashton Wynter          Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health
                       Association Ltd

Vena Wynter-Truscote   SREC


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Bettina Yarde   Morgan Dias Immigration Consultants Ltd

Simon Youle     Burngreave Drug Project




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