Trustees' Week: Home Truths - The VCSE and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

Wednesday, 4 November, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:00

Connected Voice brings together the voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations serving North East England with the first of its autumn 2020 networking events.

To mark Trustees' Week 2020, and in the days following Black History Month, the event will focus on a number of key issues for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and people here in the North East of England.

The event will be hosted by Connected Voice Trustee Nitin Shukla.

Invited speakers will be talking about:
- Bringing greater diversity to your boardroom or management committee
- Their own experiences of racism and discrimination, both personally and professionally - including in our own sector
- The challenges their organisations, and the people they serve are facing, and the support they have received from Connected Voice.
- The innovative and world-class services they have provided over lockdown
- Reflections on how the local VCSE can adapt and better serve the changing populations of our region

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Arooba Hameed, founder of a small organisation HEAR - speaking of her own personal experience and her organisation's work supporting refugees and asylum seekers with employability skills.

Colette Harrison - Development Officer, Sector Support - Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland on her work with Trustee and Skills Match and bringing greater diversity to your boardroom or management committee.

Vanessa Nogueras - Business Manager, Urban Green. Speaking of her own personal experience as a Puerto Rican woman living and working in the North-East, and of Urban Green's work to increase diversity of its community engagement, with the support of Connected Voice, and their work to broaden and increase usage of Newcastle's open spaces by the City's diverse and changing population.

Salha Kateisi - Founder and Executive Editor of Teakisi - The Voices of African Women and founder of Beauty of Rwanda speaking of her own personal experiences as a British-Rwandan woman, and the work of her organisations.

Volunteer tutors from N.E.S.T. - Newcastle University Students Union's 'Go Volunteer' project supporting refugees and asylum seekers with developing English language skills, recently shortlisted as 'Charity of the year' in Third Sector Awards

Further speakers will be announced as they are confirmed

There'll be more details as plans develop. This event is likely to be very popular, so book early on eventbrite.

Note: Connected Voice is the voluntary sector infrastructure support organisation for Newcastle and Gateshead in the North-East of England. Free places at this event will be prioritised for VCSE organisations serving this part of our region. Registrations from outside our area, and our sector, may therefore be declined

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