latest news & announcements

New Board positions for ROTA

Press Release: 23 June 2010

ROTA is pleased to announce new positions to the Board of Trustees today.

Ali Ahmed is Chair; Gifford Sutherland Vice-Chair; and new Trustee Patricia Lamour is Treasurer.

Ali currently works for the London borough of Tower Hamlets as Third Sector Strategy Officer. He was seconded to Tower Hamlets Council as CVS Development Officer, to provide support to a newly appointed interim Board setting up Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service. He has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years. Ali Joined the ROTA...Read more

ROTA appoints new Interim Chief Executive

Press Release: 25 May 2010

Dr Elizabeth Henry joined ROTA as Interim Chief Executive in May 2010. She is also a self-employed consultant who develops and delivers a range of equality and diversity programmes in the areas of

compliance: policy to practice training: needs assessment and analysis individual coaching/mentoring and support service delivery audits and assessment research and development community engagement and capacity building

Elizabeth said: "I'm delighted to be joining ROTA at this time. There are certainly challenges ahead for BAME...Read more

Equality Act 2010: ROTA looks forward to a new era of equality

Press Release: 12 April 2010

Race on the Agenda and the Winning the Race Coalition welcome the Equality Act 2010 which has now received Royal Assent.

Dr Theo Gavrielides, Chief Executive of ROTA said: "Over the last year and a half, we have worked with the members of the Winning the Race Coalition to ensure that our communities are represented and their views are included in the democratic process of passing laws in our country. Despite several amendments, I continue to believe that we are entering a new era of equality. Like any tool, the question now is...Read more

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

Press Release: 24 February 2010

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.

The research highlighted...Read more

Equality and Free Schools - Help us develop the evidence base

Inclusive Schools - Free Schools Monitoring Project

ROTA is carrying out a project that aims to help ensure that children and young people from marginalised Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities benefit from the services provided by free schools. Part of this involves research to determine: the level of involvement of BAME communities in free schools as proposers, governors, staff and pupils; the support needs of BAME communities seeking to set up free schools; and the support needs of free schools in developing inclusive services.

Please support us by completing this...Read more

Change for the Better? Government reforms and BAME communities

Have reforms exacerbated existing tensions in the lead up to the largest civil disturbance in decades? Will public sector change fill disadvantaged pockets? Will BAME communities see change without real investment?

Experts and practitioners from the voluntary and community sector set out to answer these questions and chart the way forward in our latest edition of Agenda, 'Change for the Better? Government reforms and BAME communities.'

According to Editor Joy Francis, "Government reform was the biggest running news story so far this year until the alarming riots in...Read more

Government sets minimum guidelines for equality performance

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force on Saturday 10 September, after debates in the House of Commons on 11 July and the House of Lords on 6 September.

It is the aim of the specific duties to promote better performance of the Equality Duty by requiring public bodies to publish (1) equality objectives, at least every four years (by April 2012) and; (2) information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty, at least annually (by 31 January 2012 and April 2012 for schools).

The specific...Read more

Patricia Lee-Sang: 'We have to believe they can change'

There has been a lot of heat and very little light so far in terms of what needs to be done to stop the riots happening again. While it's the Government's and the police's job to restore law and order, it's our job in families and communities to restore hope and a sense that there is a future for young people that is worth living and working for.

Read the full article in The Independent, from our former Board member and Treasurer here...Read more

Coalition’s free schools project spells disaster for many already facing acute educational disadvantage

The free schools agenda is coming at a high price to many communities that already face educational disadvantage, says Race on the Agenda (ROTA). There are a number of worrying cases where local communities are losing out. However, due to the limited amount of information available from the Department for Education and many of the free schools themselves, we have been unable to conclude whether these early signs are an indication of more systemic and widespread issues of inequality.

It was ROTA's concern about risks that the Coalition's free schools project could make existing...Read more