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Step Forward Tees Valley – Northern Inclusion Consortium

Step Forward Tees Valley supports local people to overcome the complex reasons preventing them from finding work. These barriers could include physical or mental ill-health, a lack of self-confidence, a gap in skills, a conviction, or an addiction.

The project helps people to build on their strengths and aspirations, using the skills and expertise of partners and local employers to achieve their goals. The project is committed to making a real and lasting change in Tees Valley.

Over three years, Step Forward Tees Valley will work with 2,500 people across Tees Valley by supporting them to take advantage of existing voluntary or employment possibilities, as well as working with local employers to create new opportunities.

Step Forward Tees Valley is joint-funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, as part of their investment in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and promote social inclusion.

Find out more at www.sfteesvalley.co.uk We are also on twitter @sfteesvalley and on Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley – please like us and share our latest news.

 

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Step Forward Tees Valley – Northern Inclusion Consortium

Reaching Out Project – ESF

With funding from ESF Community Grants Programme administered by County Durham Community Foundation BECON has been able to increase its capacity to support individuals from BAMER communities in accessing employment opportunities in Newcastle upon Tyne and Stockton on Tees.

This additional resource will enable BECON’s Community Development & Engagement Workers to support more people from BAMER communities to undertake activities including help with basic skills, work experience, training advice and guidance, job search assistance, confidence building, personal development and support to overcome barriers to training and employment.

The ESF component of the Reaching Out Project will be operational from October 2014 to June 2015.                                                                                                                                              

For more information please contact:

Newcastle – Shamaila Riaz

Community Development and Engagement Officer

shamaila@becon.org.uk

0191 2722339

07745109414

 Stockton – Philippa Burnett

Community Development and Engagement Officer

philippa@becon.org.uk

01642 657090

07746848013

 

Reaching Out Project – ESF

Reaching Out Project – Newcastle and Stockton

Project duration (January 2014 – December 2016) funded by Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme.

BECON’s Reaching Out Project aims to enhance the life opportunities and economic participation of BAMER communities in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Stockton on Tees. The Reaching Out Project provides an enabling and supportive environment to BAMER individuals seeking employment, training, and volunteering opportunities.

BECON’sReaching Out Project delivers one to one tailored support to BAMER individuals to assist them in realising their goals and aspirations. The Reaching Out Project provides BAMER individuals with the opportunity to become involved with the project, providing a supportive environment for skills and knowledge sharing and personal peer to peer support.

 

For more information please contact:

Newcastle – Shamaila Riaz

Community Development and Engagement Officer

shamaila@becon.org.uk

0191 2722339

07745109414

 

Stockton – Philippa Burnett

Community Development and Engagement Officer

philippa@becon.org.uk

01642 657090

07746848013

Download Reaching Out Project – Referral Form

Download Reaching Out Project – Poster

Download – Reaching Out Project – Information Leaflet

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Reaching Out Project – Newcastle and Stockton

BME Youth Project – Middlesbrough

BECON in partnership with and supported by Middlesbrough Integrated Youth Support Service is developing a BME Youth Project in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough BME Youth Project is a new provision being developed for BME young people.

Our Aims are:

  • To provide youth provision for BME young people
  • To work with BME Young people to identify key issues and to meet young people’s needs
  • To support BME young people through Personal and Social Development.
  • To promote equality and diversity

The BME YOUTH project will offer:

  • Gender Specific Session
  • Provide a safe environment  for  young people to socialize
  • Promoting  Personal  Development
  • Encouraging young people to take part in positive  activities
  • Empowering Young people to express their opinion
  • Structured Workshops

For more information about the BME Youth Project please contact:

Jemal Mohamed                                         NasratUllah Salehi

Youth Engagement Worker                    Youth Engagement Worker

07773155061                                             07973983916

jemal@becon.org.uk                                nasratullah@becon.org.uk

or telephone BECON Tees Valley Office on 01642 657090

 

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BME Youth Project – Middlesbrough

BME Voice Project – Newcastle

Project duration (April 2013 – March 2014) funded by Newcastle City Council (Newcastle Fund).

The BME Voice Newcastle project supported Newcastle’s BME voluntary and community sector by:

  • facilitating a coordinated voice for the BME voluntary and community sector.
  • providing support in areas such as governance, leadership and performance
  • supporting collaboration across the BME and mainstream voluntary sector
  • providing brokerage of support, signposting resources
  • facilitating networking opportunities supporting capacity building

BME Voice Newcastle undertook the following interventions:

  • Delivering workshops
  • Delivering presentations to groups / organisations
  • Running  neighbourhood network events
  • Advice and information e-bulletins

BME Voice Newcastle improved access to information, advice and support available to BME communities and in doing so enabled and empower local residents, communities and organisations to make informed choices and decisions.

BME Voice Newcastle adopted an inclusive method of engagement and at the same time drew upon the specialist knowledge within BECON to shape interventions taking account of cultural and religious aspects of Newcastle’s BME communities.

Supported by

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BME Voice Project – Newcastle

New Beginnings – Stockton

The New Beginnings Project is an oral history project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The New Beginnings Project will record the migration of South Asian elders who came to build a new life in Stockton-on-Tees.

Working in partnership with Stockton Riverside College and Stockton Borough Council the New Beginnings Project will recruit, train and support volunteers to record the experiences of South Asian elders in their migration to Stockton on Tees.

The New Beginnings Project will use oral history to record the experiences of South Asian elders who migrated from South Asia to build a new life in Stockton during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

If you are interested in learning more about the New Beginnings Project then please contact;

Project Officer:   Saadia Raja

E-mail:                 saadia@becon.org.uk

Mobile:                07581888320

Office:                  01642 657090

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New Beginnings media release.

New Beginnings Leaflet.

New Beginnings Project poster.

New Beginnings – Stockton

BME Carers Project – Middlesbrough

Project duration (November 2012 – October 2013) funded by Middlesbrough Carers Grant, which was managed by Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA).

The National Carers Strategy 2008 (Carers at the Heart of 21st-Century Families and Communities) defines a carer as:

”someone who spends a significant amount of their life providing support to family or friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health or drug or alcohol problem”.

Middlesbrough BME Carers Project was a new project developed by BECON in partnership with carers, their families and partner agencies. The BME Carers Project developed and promoted access to health and social care support services to BME Carers and their families in Middlesbrough.

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“This project was supported by Middlesbrough Carers Grant, which is managed by MVDA on behalf of Middlesbrough Council.”

BME CARERS POSTER

 

BME Carers Project – Middlesbrough

Policy and Representation Partnership Project – Regional

Project duration (July 2009 – June 2012) funded by Big Lottery Fund.

The Policy and Representation Partnership Project aimed to:

  • increase the voluntary and community sector’s contribution to policy development in the North East
  • encourage and enable organisations to influence and shape public policy

The partnership brought together voluntary and community organisations from across the North East to consider how public policy affects them, share ideas and, in turn, influence policy-makers through stronger representation.

Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE) was the accountable body for the Policy and Representation Partnership other partners included, British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres, Black Minority Ethnic Community Organisations Network (BECON), Community Alliance North East, Community Development North East, Community Work Assessment Consortium North East England, Development Trusts Association, Equalities North East, Funding Information North East, Mental Health North East, North East Volunteering Infrastructure and Northumbria University.

Through the project BECON developed a number of policy reports which you can access from the BECON publications webpage.

 

Policy and Representation Partnership Project – Regional

Connect2Work Project – Regional

Project duration (October 2010 – December 2012) funded by the Third Sector Capacity Fund through the regional development agency One North East. To access a copy of the Connect2Work project report. Click here

BECON’s Connect2Work project was built on the evidence from recommendations from the National Audit Office (NAO) report Increasing Employment Rates for Ethnic Minorities (2008) and recommendations proposed by University of Northumbria (UoN) research report Closing the Ethnic Employment Gap in the North East (2008) commissioned by the Evidence Task Group of the North East Equality and Diversity Partnership (NEEDP).

The Connect2Work project was a region wide project with a specific emphasis on four localities: Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Stockton and Sunderland. The Connect2Work project addressed the labor market disadvantages experienced by BME communities by:

  • delivering tailored employability services to individuals from different BME communities facing exclusion from the labor market
  • strengthening engagement of BME VCS organisations with deliverers of employability services
  • engaging with regional organisations such as Job Centre+, CfBT Advice & Guidance Ltd, private recruitment agencies and employer organisations

 

 

Connect2Work Project – Regional

B-Green Project – Newcastle

Project duration (April 2011 – March 2013) funded by Newcastle City Council (Newcastle Fund).

BECON’s B-Green project looked at managing environmental impact with BME communities and focused on:

  • raising awareness within BME communities about environmental issues
  • developing a dialogue with decision makers around the needs and requirements of BME communities in respect of the environment

The project enabled BECON to work with BME individuals and community organisations, ran environmental information workshops, get out and about and identifying what are the key issues for BME communities and those organisations who work with them.

B-Green Project – Newcastle