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Dr Richard Stone OBE

Dr Richard Stone is a medical doctor who also has extensive experience working against social exclusion, homelessness, and in the grant making charitable sector. He is a leading expert in social cohesion, anti-racism, and Islamophopia, and is a regular speaker around Europe at conferences on these topics.

Richard was a panel member of the 1997/99 Home Office inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. He served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and spent 5 years on the Runnymede ‘Commission on British Muslims and...Read more

ROTA comment on London Councils decision to cut London VCS funding

This week London Councils voted to cut funding for over 200 groups working with London's most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents. Organisations placed in category's B and C will lose funds in June.

This cut will reduce the current London Boroughs Grant Scheme from £26.4 million to a core scheme of £9.875 million - a cut of £16.875 million, or 63.5%. Borough Leaders will be free to use the saved funds for any purpose they want.

ROTA appreciates the recognition by London Councils that supporting historically excluded groups goes beyond borough boundaries. Thus the...Read more

Recession Report - June 2009

Starting in November 2008, ROTA carried out research through the network of MiNet to look at the impact of the recession on London's BAME Third Sector and London's BAME population. The research showed that the recession as a phenomenon has had a specific impact on London's BAME third sector largely attributed to vast majority of BAME organisations across London being small and locally based, with very few being medium sized. These organisations have very little capacity, have not had the same amount of time to develop as mainstream organisations and do not have the same financial resources...Read more

Recession Event - June 2009

MiNet launched its report at a successful event on 30th June 2009 at NCVO in London. Speakers at the event included, Ibukun Olashore, MiNet Chair and Director of Organisation for Blind African's and Caribbean's, Ian Redding, Head of Grants, London Councils and Lisa Greensill, Head of the Communities and Third Sector Team in Government Office for London.

An event report can be downloaded HERE which details the findings from the event and action points that will be taken forward. If you would like anymore...Read more

Monitoring Public Spending Cuts on London's BAME Third Sector

In March 2010, MiNet commenced monitoring public spending cuts on London's BAME Third Sector. The purpose of this research is to map public spending cuts on the BAME Third Sector across the various London boroughs and collect information on the different areas of service delivery where cuts are more prevalent. This will enable MiNet to accurately raise these concerns at a regional level for the benefit of London's BAME Third Sector.

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BAME Children and Young People - Recession Mapping

AFRUCA and MiNet are working jointly to map any emerging patterns as a result of the economic downturn on London's BAME children and young people. The information gathered will be used to inform a short report identifying concerns, barriers and potential solutions which will enable AFRUCA and MiNet to accurately raise these concerns at a local, regional and national level. Please take the time to complete this short survey to help with this work.

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Launch of the Transformative Justice Project details

The Transformative Justice Project builds upon on the recommendations from the two year Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and EHRC funded Restoring Relationships Project. The Transformative Justice Project will be delivered through a cross-sector, multi-agency partnership steered by a Forum chaired by CPS London, and consisting of members such as Metropolitan Police Service, ACPO, Probation, NACRO, Victim Support and others. Despite progress, institutional racism within the criminal justice system, the issue of over-representation and concerns such as the use of the Stop and Search...Read more

Female Voice in Violence - Press Release: 24 February 2010

New report: fresh thinking needed to support women and girls involved in serious youth violence

Specialist services and policies targeting women and girls involved in gangs are needed to help reduce and prevent youth violence, a new report by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) says today.

The Female Voice in Violence report draws on face-to-face research with 352 friends, relatives, victims or perpetrators of gangs and gang violence. Ranging in age from 13-52, the experiences of these women and girls highlight lessons for policy makers and those working to prevent serious youth violence...Read more

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