Visits for Parliamentarians

Minister for Civil Society sees the Big Inclusive Society in action
Nick Hurd MP visits the Asian People’s Disability Alliance

On Tuesday 5 April 2011 Voice4Change England coordinated a visit by the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP to member organisation, the Asian People’s Disability Alliance (APDA).  We organised the visit as part of our work to show the role and value of the BME VCS in Big Society.

APDA is a needs-led and user-led charity that provides culturally-appropriate services that mainstream service providers are unable to deliver. The Daycare Centre, based in Harlesden runs a wide range of activities and services for Asian adults with physical, mental and learning disabilities and Asian elders.

“We were delighted that the Minister came to see first hand our unique and tailored services. We were able to show him how we make a real difference to disadvantaged BME communities through social activities that tackle social disadvantage; arts activities that give services users a chance to discover new skills; and our successful volunteer programme where people share their skills and gain confidence. It is important that our work with communities is recognised by policy makers and Voice4Change England is the bridge that helps us do this.

Michael Jeewa, CEO of APDA

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Phil Hope visits Newham’s Black and Ethnic Minority Community Care Forum

In 2007 we facilitated a visit by the then Office for the Third Sector minister Phil Hope MP to Newham’s Black and Ethnic Minority Community Care Forum. This was part of a programme of activities to showcase the vital contribution that BME VCS makes in providing support to marginalised communities.

Hope in Newham“My meeting with the Black and Ethnic Minority Community Care Forum was very informative and will certainly be taking their comments back to my officials to follow-up”.

Phil Hope, former Minister for the Third Sector



Phil Hope in Newham

“We were honoured that the Minister came to visit and I know that the people he chatted with were pleased to be able to share with him their experiences of delivering services to diverse communities. I told him of our concerns that the commissioning process is generally discriminating against smaller BME groups, and also that the government must continue to provide grants to organisations that are supporting particular sections of the communities to access services and be involved in shaping the future of their locality.”

Black and Ethnic Minority Community Care Forum’s Director Sahdia Warraich