Introduction

The project’s aim is to address inequalities and support communities across West of Scotland, so that they are enabled to engage and participate in civic society and act as a voice and a champion of their community. Through capacity building activities, we will ensure that the community members’ participation is recognised, and community cohesion is increased.

Aims of Project

  • Address the underrepresentation of minority ethnic women across Public and Voluntary Sector platforms

  • Create a platform for dialogue, skills development and raise awareness of the democratic process, encouraging minority ethnic women to engage in civic society (civic participation)

  • Establish a collective voice from disadvantaged communities with additional barriers of falling under multiple protected characteristics (intersectionality).

  • Support public, voluntary and community organisations across urban and rural areas to better address inequalities within their own service provision.

Target Communities

Our project works on following themes across the West of Scotland  focusing on Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire:

  • Public, private, third sector voluntary and community based organisations across the West of Scotland.

  • Community based organisations include both private and voluntary organisations.

  • Diverse minority ethnic women in the West of Scotland

Current Work

  • Minority ethnic women are supported to participate, engage with services and civic society, thereby opportunities to participate in democratic processes and civic life

  • Recruiting new MEWPP members from all walks of life and levels of education

  • Minority ethnic women are developed to contribute to the formation and design of the ‘Minority Ethnic Womens Participation Project’ (MEWPP).

  • Minority Ethnic women are enabled to recognise processes to participate effectively with public services and civic life through ongoing participation in MEWPP

  • Providing capacity building programme tailored to members’ interests and skills

  • Empowering MEWPP members to cascade their learning to other minority ethnic women

Some of Our Previous Work

To achieve the project objectives we have a number of streams of work as follow:

Equality Response Forum (ERF)

During 2015/2016 the Living Equality project formed the equality response forum (ERF). The ERF comprised of 8 community experts and academics that were initially recruited and supported to respond to requests received from public sector organisations on public sector equality duty (PSED). Some of the activities of the forum in relation to PSED were, engaging with diverse communities, research and training on different equality strands. The formation of ERF provided opportunities to individuals across all protected characteristics in the form of capacity building. The ERF members received training on how support could be provided to voluntary sector and community organisations. This training focused on how organisations could enhance their equality planning process and service delivery. The above services are currently offered by the project staff.

Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

An equality impact assessment (EqIA) is a process that warrants fair and non discriminatory practices considering the needs of disadvantaged or vulnerable people. After initial capacity building, the ERF members created an ‘Impact Assessment Template’ and the Scottish Government asked to use the template.

The purpose of the template was to have an established structure when responding to Equality Impact Assessment documents. The above service is currently offered by the project staff.

Support organisations in embedding equality practices

The project assisted community, private and social enterprises in their procurement processes (selling or obtaining service) in relation to diversity and equality. These organisations were supported to become ‘equalities aware’, which we hope will increase diversity, equality in the procurement of services and achieve high standards. The above service is currently offered by the project staff.

Equality Act 2010 Community Guide

In 2015/2016 the ERF has developed a community guide with contributions and feedback from diverse communities and community organisations. The aim of the guide is to facilitate community organisations to consider equality, diversity issues in their service provision, and also understand the value of equality. The guide has been used by a number of community organisations as a point of reference within their equality practices since its publication in December 2015. The guide also contains a checklist which is a equality assessment tool. The guide can be accessed from the link below.

Equality Act 2010 Community Guide

Testimonials from Current MEWPP Members

I gained so much confidence through MEWPP capacity building activities that I joined a newly formed [community] group and agreed to serve as Secretary. I also shadowed a WSREC staff member … I found it so rewarding that I am now going to join one of the inter-generational projects in Glasgow…
Anonymous
I gained so much confidence through MEWPP capacity building activities that I joined a newly formed [community] group and agreed to serve as Secretary. I also shadowed a WSREC staff member … I found it so rewarding that I am now going to join one of the inter-generational projects in Glasgow…
Anonymous
Self-awareness training gave me the chance to re-examine myself and reflect on the mistakes I’ve made. I’m currently trying to act more confident and speak for myself when dealing with people that I used to be very passive to. By doing so … I find more happiness a bit more day-by-day.
Anonymous
Corporate Procurement Strategy 2016 Response by ERF

Funded By

Project Staff

Mrs. Bushra Iqbal MBE
Mrs. Bushra Iqbal MBEDevelopment Officer