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Ruth pitter

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

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