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The closing down of BECON’s Newcastle office

Please note that BECON’s Newcastle Office has been relocated to Stockton and all enquirers for Newcastle and Tyne and Wear will be managed from BECON’s office in Stockton on Tees.

SUMMER FUNDAY in Parkfield Community Centre, Stockton

Parkfield Community Centre

4 August 2015

11 – 3pm

Bouncy castle, Face painting, Henna tattoos, Climbing wall, Arabic calligraphy, Arts/Crafts stall, Veggie pots, Children’s entertainer, Tai Chi

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BECON AGM 2015 Invitation

To register please click here

 

North East Race Equality Forum formed

North East Race Equality Forum formed

Press release

Members of prominent race equality organisations met in Durham on December 3 and agreed to form a Race Equality Forum for the North East Region. Organisations present included those working with migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum, women’s groups, Black and Minority Ethnic community organisations and groups working on specialist aspects of ‘race’ in the region. Sectors represented included the criminal justice system, the police, local government, voluntary and community sector organisations, economic development bodies and health bodies. The Forum is not intended to replace any of the individual groups and organisations working in the region on race equality issues but to provide support, research, information, workshops, conferences and seminars to promote the issue of race equality at a time when it appears government and many other organisations have turned their back on equality issues as a whole.

The Forum will be supported by researchers from all five Universities in the region and will commence work early in the New Year. Those present argued that ‘race’ is disappearing from political and policy agendas and that the issue of racism remains a serious one both at individual and institutional levels, both regionally and nationally. Since the death of Stephen Lawrence 17 years ago, for example, more than 100 Black and Minority ethnic people have been the victims of racially-linked murders.

The aim of the Forum will be to ensure that all organisations treat the issue of ‘race’ and racism seriously, comply with the requirements of the Equality legislation and ensure that minorities can contribute fully to the region’s life.

For further information, contact:

Professor Gary Craig   gary.craig@durham.ac.uk

Professor Maggie O’Neill maggie.o’neill@durham.ac.uk

Dr Ian Fitzgerald ian.fitzgerald@northumbria.ac.uk

Ms Jenny Johnstone       jenny.johnstone@ncl.ac

ROTA Trustee (Director) vacancies

Application deadline: 31 July 2013

Do you want to be at the forefront in achieving race equality?

If so, can you support us in informing strategic decision-makers about the issues affecting the BAME Third Sector and the communities it serves, and help make government policy more accessible to BAME groups?

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is one of Britain’s leading social policy action research organisation focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Originally set up in 1984, ROTA aims to increase the capacity of BAME organisations and strengthen the voice of BAME communities through civic engagement and participation in society.

http://www.rota.org.uk/content/rota-trustee-director-vacancies-0

 

Race equality: Open letter to the PM and interview with Doreen Lawrence

December 20, 2012In November 2012, Doreen Lawrence OBE and Dr Richard Stone OBE wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister about the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.The letter says:‘We are particularly concerned about the planned review of the Public Sector Equality Duty since it incorporates the Race Equality Duty and a key legacy of Stephen Lawrence, and of the legacy of the 1997/99 Inquiry set up in his name’.The letter asks that the Review by overseen by an appropriate parliamentary committee or independent panel, that it is governed by clear published terms of reference, and that it follows best practice in terms of post-legislative review.The letter is addressed to David Cameron, the Prime Minister; Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister; Labour Party leader Ed Miliband; the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond; and the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.The letter was supported by members of the Race Equality UK Coalition.In December 2012, in an interview with The Guardian, Doreen Lawrence claimed that the  Government has neglected race equality concerns. Her concerns were widely reported.On 19 December, Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, wrote a letter to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone, responding to their concerns about the Equality Duty. The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister also replied to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone on 19 December.

Click here for link to letter

Click here for report in the Guardian on 19 December

Click here for report in the Telegraph on 19 December

Click here for report in the Daily Mail on 19 December

Click here for letter from the Welsh First Minister

Click here for letter from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister 

The best family for every child

Over the past year BECON under the auspices of the Policy and Representation Partnership Project has been undertaking work into the issues around Black and Minority Ethnic children and young people in Local Authority Care. This programme of work has now concluded and BECON is making available its report and findings to partners, stakeholders and network members.

The best family for every child: black children in care


The challenge of transracial adoption and fostering   

Over the past year BECON under the auspices of the Policy and Representation Partnership Project has been undertaking work into the issues around Black and Minority Ethnic children and young people in Local Authority Care. This programme of work has now concluded and BECON is making available its report and findings to partners, stakeholders and network members.To access BECON’s report :

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BECON AGM 2012

BECON will be holding its AGM on Wednesday the 7th March 2012 to be held at The Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle. BECON is seeking new members on its Board of Trustees and if you would like to put yourself forward you can download a nomination form from the following web-link.
http://www.becon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=561&Itemid=168

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BECON’s AGM Community Networking and Employment Fayre

BECON's AGM 2012, Community Networking and Employment Fayre will be on 7th March 2012 from 11.00 am to 3.30 pm at the BEACON Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9P.

For more information:

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