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EREV Event - 9th December 2010

EREV Event - 9th December 2010



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  • ‘ Equal Rights, Equal Voices’ 9 th December 2010 Ruth Pitter, Voscur /
  • Recent history of Equalities representation in Bristol
    • Regeneration initiatives
    • Resources and funding targeted at areas of the city
    • Equalities needed to be part of the dialogue and to influence decisions
    • Equalities Action Group (EAG) established as a scrutiny group to the Bristol Partnership.
  • Representing ‘me’ or ‘we?
    • Selection process
    • No mandate from wider equalities community
    • Unclear of remit
    • Difficult to see the wider picture
  • Who’s listening? How are they listening?
    • Decision-making bodies need:
    • to be committed to the process
    • to ensure access and that structures have relevance to those taking part
    • training on inclusion and equalities perspectives
    • to be open to scrutiny and challenge
  • Models tried by the EAG
    • Selection of reps
    • No clear mandate
    • Specific focus on issues relating to one strand / protected characteristic
    • Selection of champions
    • General overview / expertise of equalities perspective
    • Passionate – not necessarily representative
    • Election of reps
    • Accountable to wider group
    • Partnering with reps from other strands / protected characteristics
  • Missing voices
    • Voscur approached by Bristol Gypsy and Traveller team, wanting to increase voice of Gypsy and Traveller communities
    • Voscur approached by Hannah Moore school – wanting to increase voice of Somali women
    • Funding acquired from Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Primary Care Trust (PCT)
  • Equal voices
    • Training designed and delivered
    • Individuals trained, agency staff trained
    • People from equalities communities began to identify levels of disadvantage and discrimination they experienced and wanted to voice this.
    • People from equalities communities became the trainers – they had the knowledge and expertise.
    • Agency staff became the trainees – recognised that services needed to change.
  • Partnerships, forums, networks!
    • Local Neighbourhood Partnerships
    • Local Strategic Partnerships
    • Scrutiny Commissions
    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: local partnerships including: businesses, local authority, voluntary and community sector determining its economic development
    • LINks (local involvement networks)
    • PACTs (partners and communities together)
    • Localism agenda / big society: local people involved in local solutions
    • Public sector equalities forums and networks
    • Voluntary and community networks and assemblies
    • We need to be smart about selecting bodies in which to invest resources for equalities representation and voice.