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Annual Parliamentary Event
As a key influencer on the BME agenda, Voice4Change England host an event at Whitehall annually to engage Parliamentarians and civil servants, highlight the value of the BME voluntary and community sector and offer a fantastic platform to our members to present their work and the issues they represent to Parliamentary representatives.
The 2011 Voice4Change England reception: From Shared Vision to Shared Action was sponsored by Virendra Sharma MP and held in the House of Commons. It focused on the future of the sector looking at how we can take forward the recommendations from our publication A Shared Vision for the future of the BME VCS. Held the day after OCS’ announcement that no equality-led organisations would be strategic partners under the transition strategic partners’ programme, it also gave an opportunity for people to react to the decision.
The overwhelming support for V4CE on the day led to the launch of the Big Unfair Society campaign.
V4CE's Annual Parliamentary Reception 'Small Standing Tall' focused on promoting the work of smaller BME VCOs. The event was held in the House of Lords and sponsored by Baroness Pitkeathley OBE. Voice4Change England launched Agenda4Change to start a debate with BME VCOs on key issues for policy-makers. Black Training & Enterprise Group launched State of the Caribbean VCS in England which examines a specialist area of service-delivery.
On Wednesday 22nd April 2009 Voice4Change England held its first-ever Ministerial reception at Admiralty House, Whitehall. Hosted by the then Office of the Third Sector Minister Kevin Brennan MP the landmark reception brought together guests from leading BME Third Sector organisations, funding bodies, and senior civil servants. The event launched Eliminating Racism: Are we there yet? a V4CE booklet analysing the state of the BME VCS ten years on from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
The second annual V4CE parliamentary reception was held in the House of Lords in November 2008. The event was sponsored by Baroness Pitkeathley OBE and attended by over 100 representatives from both national and local organisations. Other parliamentarians in attendance included Baroness Howells, Tom Levitt MP, Alun Michael MP, Simon Hughes MP, Peter Bottomley MP, Virendra Sharma MP, and, Stephen Williams MP.
Photography by Nabila Mujassam Maan
Voice4Change England held its launch event in the House of Commons on 24th October 2007. The event was sponsored by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP and featured the then Office of the Third Sector Minister Phil Hope MP as a keynote speaker.
The event was kindly sponsored by: CCLA Investment Management Limited