History

BECON , the North East network for the Black voluntary and community sector was initiated by Paul Boetang in 1999 as one of eighteen regional networks funded by the Active Communities Unit of the Home Office. Like all the networks it had three main aims:

  • To unlock further funds for the sector at regional level.
  • To advocate effectively for the sector at regional level to ensure that it is consulted and recognised as valuable in different policy areas and across sectors.
  • To increase the effectiveness of the voluntary sector in each region through the provision of any of the following: information, advice, representation, training, publications and development services.

BECON employed its first workers in 2001 and subsequently became its own accountable body, a company limited by guarantee (4329582) and a registered charity (1094993).