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Our First BAME Funding Networking Event was a Success!

A day full of networking, learning new skills, and openly discussing the challenges of applying for grants from the application process to lack of sustainability and capacity Morning – Networking & Storytelling workshop     We began the day with moving around the room, and meeting one another. The aim of the game…speak to someone […]

A day full of networking, learning new skills, and openly discussing the challenges of applying for grants from the application process to lack of sustainability and capacity

Morning – Networking & Storytelling workshop

 

 

We began the day with moving around the room, and meeting one another.
The aim of the game…speak to someone you haven’t met before!

 

 

 

The next part of the day was focused on storytelling…
Firstly, it gave us a chance to travel back to our childhoods, and think about stories that we remember to this day, and ask ourselves….
why do we still remember the underlying message as adults?

 

 

 

 

This then led to discussions on what makes a good story, write about the story of the organisation we work for, who we support and how we make a difference.

 

The final part of the workshop was linking the stories to funding applications. Funders are looking for what kind of impact your organisation has had on the community, and how your project makes a difference.

 

Lunchbreak

 

Our menu consisted of:

 

– West African dishes – Jollof rice, chicken, spinach  sauce and grilled plantain catered by Spring Community Hub

– Latin American dishes from Salvador – Cheese and Spinach puapas, Cheese and Beans Puapas and Tamales and came with a side of homemade coleslaw and tomato dip by Cuzcatlan

– Ethiopian lentil samosas by Genet.

– Co-op also kindly donated morning refreshments of fruits and biscuits as well as tea and coffee. Remember to keep an eye out for Co-op’s Local Community Fund, opening up this Spring (2023). For more information visit their website – https://causes.coop.co.uk/

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Afternoon – Panel discussion & Q&A ” Have funders changed their grant making to benefit the BAME led community sector?”

Our panel members included:

– Leanne Pero, Movement Factory & The Leanne Pero Foundation [far left in the photo]

–  Sistah Stella Headley, Rastafari Movement UK [second left in the photo]

–  Hadi Sharifi, Panjshir Aid [centre left in the photo]

–  David Reid, Community Southwark [centre right in the photo]

–  Remi Ray, Diverse Creative CIC [second left in the photo]

–  Lindon Rankin, Melanin Health and Wellness CIC [far left in the photo]

The panel members shared their success and challenges in developing their organisation, and shared their thoughts on what needs to change so BAME-led groups are not constantly asked to jump through hoops. This then led to questions from the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

These were the Key Takeaways from the session:
  • BAME led community groups need experts in particular areas to support them one-to-one, not generalist for example access to solicitors, accountants, and policy makers.
  • Funders need to be prepared to have an open and honest conversation with BAME led groups to help them understand the complexity of their work. For example, listening to BAME led groups’ lived experiences, and trauma. By doing so, Funders will be able to understand the important work the BAME community achieve that often falls under the radar.
  • Why aren’t BAME led organisations provided with large sums of money to distribute to other BAME led community organisations to deliver services to their communities? These organisations hold the key to their communities needs not the funders, who continue to make decisions on communities they don’t fully understand.
  • Longer term, unrestricted funding is what is required as restricted funding does not enable you to grow.

 

Equalities Grant Programme

We then heard from Andy Matheson from Southwark Council who shared information on the £400k Equalities Grant programme that has been ring-fenced for BAME-led groups.

Reflection, Networking & Meet the Team!

We wrapped up the day by summarising the key learnings. Attendees then had the option to stay behind and continue to network and/or meet the Community Southwark team.
Ruth, our Volunteer Officer shared information on how we can support groups with recruiting and managing volunteers. Gosia, our Membership & Outreach Officer shared information on the overall support Community Southwark can provide to groups.

Feedback from some of our attendees

Overall I am overwhelmed by the Southwark Community for putting up such transmission to the community.

 

Thank you very much for organizing this wonderful conference, it was impressive and left me a a very good memory. I meet many people I found new friends from different organisations or community charities.

 

It has been well organizing with a perfect team. I real enjoyed the talks from speakers. Thank you very much for your invitation.

 

Thanks for arranging such a fantastic event. It was great to give proper time just to meeting and listening and, in particular, it was great that the panel gave such clear messages about what was needed [feedback from funder].