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  Equality and Human Rights Commission launches £10 million grants

A grants programme worth up to £10 million aimed at funding grass roots
organisations across all areas of equality was launched on 19 December.

The Commission has developed three areas for priority funding. Applicants
from organisations working to promote good relations, highlight equality and
human rights and case work will be encouraged. The deadline for applications
is 5pm 4 February 2008. Successful organisations will be announced on 31
March 2008, and will be funded for a 12-month period commencing 1 April
2008. Awards will be made up to £120,000 per successful application.

The Commission will launch a consultation regarding its permanent funding
scheme in April 2008. This will examine how best to establish a long-term
strategy and programme.

For further information on the grants programmes, please see:


    Building Stronger Communities through Inter faith Dialogue and

The Government has launched a consultation into how Government can best
support faith communities’ engagement with one another and with their local

The consultation will look to discover what is needed to widen and deepen
inter faith dialogue and social action. It will seek to:
     understand how to best build confidence in the benefits of partnership
        working and develop a greater understanding of the contribution that
        faith communities can make;
     discover the extent to which local authorities and other public bodies
        are already working with faith communities;
     improve understanding of the structures which facilitate interaction and
        social action, and how these can be developed; and
     learn more about some of the barriers to inter faith activity, and how to
        work together to overcome them

This consultation will run until 7 March 2008. Responses to the consultation
will be used to develop the final strategy and to inform plans for
For further information on “Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side” see:

   Focusing English for Speakers of Other Languages on Community

This consultation seeks views on proposals to adapt the English for Speakers
of Other Languages (ESOL) programme to provide extra help to specific
groups. The aim set out in the consultation document is to use ESOL funding
more specifically to foster community cohesion and integration in
communities. The consultation raises a number of issues on which views are
being sought, including:
    how to develop a list of national priorities to help prioritise ESOL
       funding which can be interpreted by those in local areas to develop
       their local plan of English language need and access to funds;
    how ESOL priorities could reflect indicative national priorities, but with
       local areas taking responsibility for targeting funding in response to
       local community cohesion needs;
    how local planning processes can influence the setting of priorities and
       the allocation of funds in a way that complements the mainstream
       system for allocating FE funds;
    how to ensure that learners identified as priorities are encouraged to
       take up ESOL provision;
    how to ensure quality in ESOL provision; and
    the best methods for promoting ESOL and the benefits of ESOL to

The consultation document was published on 4th January and the closing
date for responses is 4 April 2008.

For further information and a copy of the consultation document (pdf format)
please see:

                       Ofsted Race Equality Scheme

This consultation seeks views on Ofsted’s revised Race Equality Scheme.
The Scheme sets out methods to eliminate discrimination, foster good race
relations and promote equality of opportunity in response to the requirements
of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The consultation paper was published on 24 December, and consultation will
run until 31 March 2008. The outcomes of the consultation will inform a final
version of the Scheme, for publication in April 2008.

For full details of the Race Equality Scheme (48 pages in pdf format), please


Here are some events you might be interested in attending.

15 February 2008 London: Refugee Week UK Conference

A free one-day conference for anyone involved with Refugee Week.
Invitations open to all those who have participated or are interested in
Refugee Week, providing a chance to share achievements and input into
further developments. Refugee Week is held in June.

The aim is for lots of participation. There will be keynote speakers and a
number of workshops/discussion sessions covering areas such as
fundraising. Publicity, working in partnership and making changes through
small actions.

Closing date for registering attendance: 1 February 2008

For further details, please contact:


Publication of Audit of Race Relations across the Immigration Detention

This audit report was published on 3 January 2008. The audit was
commissioned following an inquiry by Stephen Shaw, the Prisons and
Probation Ombudsman, into the 2005 BBC programme “Detention
Undercover” that made allegations of racism by staff towards detainees at
Oakington Immigration Reception Centre on escort.

Visits to the immigration removals centres were conducted by Focus
Consultancy between 30 January 2007 and 9 March 29007. The audit
findings highlighted areas for improvement with regards to race relations, but
did not support serious allegations of racism or mistreatment of detainees.

For more information on the findings of the audit, please see:

Helping Soldiers into Homes

Members of the Armed Forces are to be given new support to help them buy
an affordable home. Service personnel and their families currently living in
service housing in all regions will be eligible to apply for a shared equity loan
to help them onto the housing ladder.
Under an extension of the Government’s low cost home ownership
programme announced at the end of December, service personnel who
qualify could boost their buying power by up to 32.5% with a regular mortgage
topped up with a shared equity loan.

The Government is also using the Housing and Regeneration Bill to ensure
that service personnel are treated fairly when applying to councils for social
housing or homelessness assistance. Under existing housing legislation,
members of the Armed Forces won’t have a “local connection” with the district
where they are serving or living. This can put them at a disadvantage when it
comes to prioritisation for social housing or if accepted as homeless. By
amending the law so that service personnel have a local connection with the
area they are stationed or living in, this puts members of the Armed Forces on
an equal footing with civilians.

From the Street to the Boardroom

The Government and business leaders have given homeless organisations a
chance to become entrepreneurs via a competition called “Spark”. This
competition will enable hostels and homelessness charities to bid for financial
support, mentoring and a business “makeover” to grow their social enterprise
businesses, encouraging the development of employment opportunities and
skills. The organisations with the best ideas will win a share of the prize fund
(£1.5million) as well as mentoring from experienced social entrepreneurs.

For further information visit:

Drinking Places: Where People Drink and Why

A report of a study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, published at the end
of November. The study examined alcohol consumption in two contrasting
geographical areas, one urban and one rural. The study also looked at the
attitudes to and the use of alcohol across various social groupings, by age,
gender, social class and faith.

Some of the key findings:
   the priority given to public drinking by Government and the media has
     detracted attention from the population’s routine domestic drinking
   binge drinking has come to mean high levels of street drinking by
     young people, therefore excluding many whose high levels of alcohol
     consumption should be cause for concern. In the study, many whose
     consumption of alcohol at home far exceeded government-
     recommended weekly limits continued to view their own drinking
     practices as unremarkable;
      there were clear differences in tolerance thresholds and expectations
       of appropriate behaviour between the urban and rural areas examined
       in the study;
      important differences in the ways that men and women in the study
       drank also indicate that alcohol strategies need to take account of
       gender differences;
      home is increasingly the place where young people learn to drink.
       Young people’s drinking habits need to be understood and addressed
       in relation to their parents’ attitudes to and use of alcohol. The
       changing nature of intergenerational relationships and parenting
       practices also need to be further understood;
      strategies that were designed to revitalise the urban night-time
       economy based on alcohol consumption implicitly exclude faith
       communities such as Muslims, so contributing to social segregation;
      drinking cultures are not uniform across the country, but are embedded
       within wider historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts. More
       recognition is needed of how national alcohol strategies might be
       interpreted differently or have a different impact on specific locations.

For more information on the study please visit:

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2007

The New Policy Institute has produced its tenth annual report of indicators of
poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom. The report provides a
comprehensive analysis of trends and differences between groups.

Published in December 2007, key findings from the report include:
   overall poverty levels in 2005/06 were the same as in 2002/03. Child
      poverty in 2005/06 was still 500,000 higher than the target set for
   half the children in poverty are still in working families;
   the number of children in working families where earnings and Child
      Benefit are insufficient for them to escape poverty goes on rising;
   overall earnings inequalities are widening;
   the unemployment rate among the under-25s has been rising since
      2004, while the rate for those over 25 stopped falling in 2005;
   at least a quarter of 19 year olds lack minimum levels of qualifications;
   not all those who want to work can do so, and disability rather than
      lone parenthood is the factor most likely to leave a person workless;
   the value of social security benefits for working age adults has fallen
      further behind earnings; and
   the public sector is the largest employer of low-paid workers aged 25 or
For more information on the report and detailed findings please see:

Postgraduate Courses in Community Cohesion

Last year, our information package highlighted the development of courses in
Community Cohesion Management. The first accredited postgraduate
courses for community cohesion practitioners will be launched in April 2008
by Coventry University and the Institute of Community Cohesion, iCoCo.
Information Days have now been advertised and are as follows:
6 February – Manchester
19 February – London
27 February – Coventry

To attend one of the Information Days or for further information on the
courses, please contact:
Michelle McLardy, Admissions Officer on 024 7688 7091

History and Citizenship ‘The First Black Britons’

This DVD/VHS learning resource has been developed to help teachers and
students gain a better understanding of “The Black Peoples of the Americas“

“The First Black Britons” provides a journey of discovery from the Napoleonic
Wars to the Imperial Age and highlights the struggle for equality. Presented by
Black-British actor/comedian Gary Beadle, and with advice from Professor
Roger Buckley (author “Slaves in Red Coats”), this resource explores
archives, museums and historical sites in Jamaica, Barbados, London,
Liverpool and Windsor. Reconstructions based on first-hand sources are used
to bring the history to life, and told in three stories:
     “Slaves in Red Coats” – how the government of William Pitt (the
       younger) secretly purchased a slave army to defeat French and
       Napoleonic forces in the Americas;
     “The Queen’s Gentlemen”; how Britain’s first African army won the
       personal favour of Queen Victoria and carved a unique status for
       themselves as a new class of citizen; and
     “The Prodigal’s Return” - – how West India Regiment soldiers exacted
       revenge on the chiefdoms that sold them into captivity.

For further information please see the website:

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necessarily reflect GOSE policy.

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