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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

Official figures reveal a disturbing rise in right wing extremism among UK youth

Scenes from the right wing demo in defence of extremist Tommy Robinson pic credit: You Tube

The somewhat violent demonstration in London this weekend in support of jailed right wing extremist Tommy Robinson was foreshadowed by figures released under three months ago by the Home Office.

The figures come from the highly controversial Prevent programme which most people see as a plan to catch young people  being radicalised by so called Islamic State and Al Qaeda before they commit atrocities.

Theresa May’s risky gamble with reforming an ”institutionally racist” mental health act

With very little publicity and dwarfed by Brexit  Theresa May has committed herself to a major reform of the Mental Health Act. Last year she convened a meeting at Downing Street and appointed a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sir Simon Wessely. to conduct a review.

What Happens When Meghan Markle’s Blackness loses its Sparkle?

Symbols are important. For some people, seeing Meghan Markle marry into the monarchy, while a Black preacher expounded the word and a Black Choir sang at the ceremony, was viewed as ushering in a new area of racialised harmony and black cultural acceptance at all levels of British society. If blackness is acceptable to the monarchy, then surely it can be embraced by everyone?

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

HEAR Network: 2 major events in September 2018

HEAR (the Human Rights and Equalities Network) will be holding 2 major events in September to showcase and learn from the work we have done with them on the Way Ahead with our City Bridge grant funding, so save these dates and look out for more details:

Friday 7th September , London's Living Room, City Hall Wednesday 19th September , Human Rights Action Centre

For more information, please contact hear@reap.org.uk .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

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