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Next steps in the Mental Health Equality Campaign

In follow up of our alternative consultation event ‘ Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say ’ feeding into North West London (NWL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Equality Objectives [L1] and the Open Letter we sent to newly elected London Councillors to call for mental health equality for people from Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) backgrounds[L2] , we are now organising our...Read more

ROTA's and Race Equality Foundation's submission to the Mental Health Act Review 2018

ROTA's and Race Equality Foundation's submission to the Mental Health Act Review 2018. Following on from a wide consultation and our Institutional Racism and the Mental Health Act Review conference on 1st June 2018, hosted at University of East London. Read the submission HERE .

We would be grateful if you could show your support by signing up here, and tweeting #MHEquality #MentalHealth4AllRead more

Fundamentals of Counselling training gets accreditation from OCN

Open College Network has this month given our training provided to refugee communities an accreditation at entry level 3. This training is provided by our Active Lives, Healthy Minds Project to our refugee community partners. The main objective of the project is to prevent admission to acute mental health services by providing community based mental health and well being support services to members of refugee communities. To this end the training provides basic counselling skills to volunteers providing,...Read more

Resident voices: How do we get social housing management right?

Since the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, serious questions have been raised about whether social housing residents are adequately involved in decisions which affect their homes. The London Assembly Housing Committee is investigating how social housing residents are involved in the management of their homes across London.

Our Senior Policy Officer, Poornima Karunacadacharan, spoke on the 'Legislative duties and gaps - what change is needed to protect all residents', at the meeting which took place on 24th May 2018.

Webcast of meeting is available to watch...Read more

June 2018 ROTA Policy E-Newsletter

Read the latest June edition of our Policy E-Newsletter now available HERE . This is our quarterly newsletter full of information about our work and what is happening around the sector in relation to race equality.

If you have something you would like to include and publicise in our next issue, scheduled for September 2018, please contact the Office Manager, Saifur Valli at saifur@rota.org.uk or...Read more

Mental Health Equality for BAMER communities in London

Holding hands

We, the undersigned organisations are calling for an end to unequal provision and access to Mental Health services for Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities. Research has shown that BAMER communities face disadvantage, reduced opportunities and structural and institutional racism (Kindred Minds, 2018: 3).Read more

PPI campaign

Did you know that PPI was sold as far back as 1970? If you’ve ever taken out a loan, mortgage, credit card, store card, or bought something on credit, such as a car, you may have been sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). If you think you have or have had PPI, you need to decide whether or not you want to complain.

There is a deadline of 29 August 2019 to complain about the sale of a PPI policy. You will not be able to complain after this date.

The Financial Conduct Authority has all the information you need to make a decision about PPI. Visit...Read more

‘Unprecedented’ coalition of charities and civil society demand rethink on ‘dangerous’ voter ID trials

An ‘unprecedented’ coalition of charities and academics have written to Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, calling on the government to urgently reconsider the decision to enforce voter ID at the local elections in May.

The group, led by the Electoral Reform Society , are calling for a rethink from across civil society – including Age UK, the National Union of Students, Operation Black Vote, the Salvation Army and Stonewall.

All are concerned that mandatory voter ID would damage turnout and...Read more

ROTA AGM 2016/17 and "Race, Identity and Belonging" Conference

On 26th February, we held our AGM for the financial year 2016/17 followed by "Race, Identity and Belonging" conference with over 50 people attended, despite the cold weather.

We were joined by Afua Hirsch, a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. Afua spoke about Race Equality in the 21st century and her new book "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging". Attendees had the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed by Afua.

You can buy the book...Read more

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