All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - Issue 33
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Issue 33

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

As the General Election approaches and we consider what the next five years hold for our country,  the issues we care about, and the organisation and sector that we work in – the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector – we should challenge ourselves to have strong agenda for change. 

My challenge for our sector is to be more progressive on equality and inclusion.

The public, private and voluntary sectors all have their strengths and weaknesses but when all are valued, society wins. All sectors strive to be efficient and effective and the VSC is certainly able to make a real difference, often with very few resources. Its strength comes from highly committed people, unpaid and paid, who see a social or environmental need and go all out to make the situation better for their fellow citizens.

As a member of the Queens’s Award for Voluntary Service National Award Committee, every year I see great examples of the real difference volunteers make in their communities for every section of society.

But the VSC is a wonderfully diverse sector and I want to see the large organisations in the sector move to the forefront of tackling social justice and racial inequalities. Our best known charities should be publishing information on equality and diversity on their websites - about their staff profiles and service users - and we should set our actions to address the main equality performance disparities where they exist.

The VCS should be beyond the public sector equality duty, we should be advocating for a levelling up of the legalisation, but all too often the sector actually lags behind the public sector on equalities.

How many of the top 100 charities boards reflect Britain’s ethnic diversity?

How many have senior BME leaders?

These valued charities must be seen to be tacking racial, and other key inequalities. Greater transparency is vital and leaders in the sector need to put the sector at the forefront of equality and diversity best practice.

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I am delighted that BTEG has published Campaign for a fairer Britain – A Manifesto For Ending Racial Inequalities in Britain and the Coalition of Race Equality Organisations has published its Call to Action. Operation Black Vote has done amazing work to increase voter registration in BME communities. It’s also good to see that some of the main political parties have produced documents addressing BME communities.

BTEG’s manifesto contains 17 actions for the next Government to consider and we would welcome your comments on these actions.

Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality Event

On the 16 April BTEG had the pleasure of speaking at the Bristol BME Voice Strategic Leaders’ event.

The purpose of this ground breaking event was to bring together leaders within Bristol’s public sector to share their perceptions of Bristol in relation to race equality and to start to start the process of identifying actions that they can take individually and collectively.

The Bristol Manifesto sets out a vison for Bristol and a range of practical actions that the BME Voice Manifesto Advisory Group want to see implemented. Public sector leaders were very open about the challenges in Bristol and some felt the city remains ‘ethnically segregated’ and that challenges remain to increase the representation of BME people at senior levels in their organisations, as well as improve their service delivery.  

In his short speech BTEG’s Director, Jeremy Crook, focused on leadership and race equality and the need for leaders to demonstrate, on a daily basis, their commitment to tackle racial inequalities as employers and service providers. This means working with their senior management team to mainstream race equality in everything that they do and to develop a culture in their organisations where leaders and managers are expected to perform on race equality. The Equality Act should serve to underpin the visible efforts made by public sector leaders.

Improving the culture within organisations is not easy.  It requires leaders to put their heads above the parapet and demonstrate confidence in the subject. This in part comes from regular interaction with BME staff in their organisations and their service users. Tackling race equality may not always be ‘popular’ or welcomed by other senior leaders in their organisations. Unless this happens and leaders start to work together, the situation will continue for a very long time. Individual leaders can make a difference but collective leadership in a city or town can be transformational. At a time of limited resources, public sector leaders need to pool their resources and share their expertise.

The event highlighted the past successes of positive action programmes in the city’s housing sector and how that led to progression for a number of the BME participants. However, it wasn’t sustained. If leaders today, across the public sector, work together they can develop leadership programmes that are sustainable for both BME middle mangers and young BME people.

BTEG commends Bristol BME Voice and the City’s leaders and will continue to encourage and support their efforts to make Bristol the number one city on race equality in the future.

News and Updates


Capital Volunteers

Capital logo

Capital Volunteers is a new project, funded by City Bridge, that will enable  BAME young people (aged 18-30)  to be better equipped to volunteer and to maximise the opportunity presented to them in their placement.

  • Through a combination of 1-2-1 support, development workshops, goal setting and appropriate volunteering placements the programme will assist  young people to: realise their potential
  • support them with their personal development
  • help them to develop core competencies for any work environment

As well as individuals the project will also support and strengthen established BAME organisations in London to be better placed to take on volunteers and to maximise this resource.

We will host workshops for BAME organisations that currently use or intend to use volunteers to enable them to:

  • better understand the needs and motivations of volunteers
  • recruit the right person for a volunteering role
  • better manage and support their volunteer base

Click here for more information on the recruitment of the first cohort of young people and the training schedule.

For more details contact:

Follow us on Twitter for updates: @CapitalVol



R2S in 2015

The Routes2Success team are excited that we are continuing to build strong relationships with the organisations we worked with in 2014

R2S at work

From the beginning of 2015, the R2S team have been committed to continue working with the young people that we had engaged with last year and it is great to know the positive impact that R2S sessions have made. We want organisations to re-engage with us and new ones to join the programme this year. So far we have had 7 events this year!

We have now started two local projects; one with students at Newman Catholic College in Harlesden and the other in Hatch End High School. Both projects have inspired the young men to take a lead role in leading a project which benefits either their self-development or their local community.

The students at Newman Catholic College are working on a Positive Self Image Project this was decided after their visit to the Slave Museum in Liverpool with two of our role models. The boys decided that they wanted to do a project that they could display in their school that would reflect their positive self image and hopefully encourage other young black males at their school that they should be positive about who they are.

The Hatch End students have decided to do a marketing campaign project for My Community Bank in Brent that would encourage young people to save their money and use it wisely. They have showed a great understanding of the importance of saving from a young age and the value of saving as a community. The team are very excited to be working on these projects and will keep you posted with the developments.

If you know of schools, PRUs, community groups, colleges, universities or churches that would like to encourage their young people to lead their own local projects with the support of R2S role models, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team or call on 020 7832 5832.


BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Learning from the Young Review’s recommendations

The Role of Transforming Rehabilitation providers and local criminal justice agencies in delivering improved outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) offenders

The Young Review cover

The launch of the new Transforming Rehabilitation contracts in April 2015 will see some of the biggest changes to services for offenders in a generation, with consortiums of private and voluntary sector providers giving packages of support from prison into the community and delivering these services to offenders with sentences of less than a year.

The key question for policy makers and commissioners should be will these new structures and interventions improve outcomes for young BAME offenders who experience some of the poorest outcomes across the offender population?

The launch of Baroness Young’s report on improving outcomes for Black and/or Muslim young male offenders has refocused attention again on the challenges of this agenda.

What are the specific challenges?  How should the new providers and statutory bodies respond?

BTEG and partner agencies hosted a one-day event Manchester, with a further one coming up in Bristol to explore the issues, share learning and glean any pointers from the Young Review.

Find out more:

Bristol (in conjunction with BSWN) 30 April 2015 11:30 to 4:00

The Young Review final report can be downloaded here


Baroness Young to lead and BTEG to support next phase of Young Review

Baroness Young

After the launch of the report of the Young Review phase two of the project is now taking shape.

Baroness Lola Young has agreed to chair the Independent Advisory Group and BTEG will provide secretariat and policy support for the IAG. The IAG will focus on the implementation of the Review’s recommendations and will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Justice, NOMS commissioners and service providers. An Interim IAG will be established before an open recruitment process for full members.

We are very pleased to announce that the Barrow Cadbury Trust has made a grant for 40% of the costs to establish and run the IAG.

We will keep you informed through the newsletter.


Clive Martin, Director and founder of Clinks, to leave post after 16 years

Founder and Director of Clinks Clive Martin will be leaving the organisation in the autumn. On the announcement of his departure Clive said:

“After 16 years at Clinks I have decided to step down as the Director. Clinks has gone from a single employee organisation with a determined set of trustees, to the thriving and robust organisation it is today. It has been a remarkably enjoyable experience and I am really grateful (and proud) to have been a part of it. Clinks have a highly knowledgeable and skilled staff team who I know will support the new Director to continue the great work we do for our members, the wider voluntary sector, and the people in our communities who remain so marginalised.”


EHRC report into self inflicted deaths states many are avoidable

A report investigating self inflicted deaths in prisons and mental health establishment has concluded that many of these tragedies are avoidable with better staff training and a culture of learning from mistakes.


Opening Doors Network News


What’s working for providers offering Start-up Support?

The Opening Doors Network (ODN) programme, funded by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Trust for London, aimed predominantly at young unemployed people aged 18-30 to support them into self-employment has now been running for over a year.


During this time, ODN has seen considerable success with around a third of participants registering their new business and/or trading. A further twenty percent have progressed to employment or education.


However ODN has also seen some challenges particularly around recruiting and retaining those aged 16-24 and around engaging with some specific ethnic groups.  There have also been challenges around ensuring that every participant produces a ‘fit-for-purpose’ business plan – an outcome created to demonstrate commitment and progression to starting a business and of particular necessity if seeking start-up funding.

BTEG recently held a round table discussion hosted by DCLG, inviting other providers who offer mentoring and support to those wishing to start their own business, to find out what challenges they were facing and to share best practice.

Providers attending included ODN partners Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and PJ’s Community Services together with Bright Ideas Trust, Greater London Enterprise and Princes Trust, who offer mentoring and start-up loans funding.

Some findings from the round table discussion included:

  • The gender split of participants on programmes was more male than female, however increasingly women were engaging with programmes to start their own business. The exception was ODN, where there were slightly more female participants than male.
  • There were small numbers of Asian participants which providers felt was possibly due to:
    • Well established existing family/friends network of entrepreneurs to provide support and experience
    • Less young people following their parents into self employment, choosing to pursue professional qualifications leading to employment
  • Word-of-mouth was the best recruitment channel for young people, including the use of social media to promote word-of-mouth recommendations
  • Outreach worked well if using grass roots organisations well established in local areas and with strong existing links to young people. It was not successful if providers ‘helicoptered’ into an area without strong existing links.
  • Peer-to-peer networking aided retention on programmes and helped young people remain self-motivated and build their self-confidence
  • The necessity when working with young people, to provide not only enterprise mentoring but also holistic support to address emotional and social issues for example providing life –skills and personal financial budgeting
  • Regular one-to-one business advice support was essential to aid young people to create their business plans
  • For local authorities to each have an action plan on how they plan to promote and support enterprise

Whilst some of these findings are not new to those offering support to start-ups, it confirmed what many providers had been experiencing and provided a starting point for discussions on what future enterprise and employability programmes could look like.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Opening Doors Programme:

Visit our website

Follow us on twitter @openingdoorsnet or

Contact the Programme Director Indra Pooran

News From Around the Sector


Why diversity is good for business

James Caspell, Business Innovation Manager, Tower Hamlets Homes writes about the value which the equality and diversity agenda adds to the everyday purpose of an organisation in this article at HR


50% rise in long-term-unemployed youngsters from UK ethnic minorities

Long-term unemployment among black, Asian and minority ethnic 16- to 24-year-olds has risen sharply since 2010. This Guardian article looks at the issues.



Despite the majority of the workforce being women, voluntary sector leaders are more likely to be male

This article in the Guardian says that in the top 100 charities by income only 26 women are chief executives and female leaders in the sector are subject to a pay gap of 16%. It argues that charities should be leading the way on gender equality.



65 Deaths of Imprisoned Children and Young People in Four Years - New Report Calls for Rethink in Approach

The campaign group Inquest has published a new report, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust that reveals that in the past four years on average more than one young person has taken their life in prison across England and Wales every month.

The report can be downloaded here: Stolen Lives and Missed Opportunities: The deaths of young adults and children in prison.

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