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The Race Equality Centre speaks to EAVA FM 21st October 2015

Added: Friday 23rd October 2015 05:38:56 AM

The Race Equality Centre speaks to EAVA FM 21st October 2015

June Gomes, a Race Equality Officer at The Race Equality Centre (TREC) visited EAVA FM to talk about the TREC’s services and community work. June is the officer responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating Leicester’s Racial Minority VCS Assembly.

The Race Equality Centre has been in existence in Leicester in a number of guises and with a variety of names since 1967. Its work is grounded in legislation, initially with the Race Relations Act 1965 and now by the Equality Act 2010 and European legislation on Human Rights. TREC is a charitable organisation with the charitable aims of ‘working towards the elimination of racism; promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups; advancing education and relieving poverty amongst immigrants and refugees’.

TREC delivers services to individuals, communities and organisations. Services to individuals include the Discrimination Service (for those complaining about racial harassment or discrimination), the Integration Service (for those newly arriving in the UK and Leicester having been granted refugee status) and Employment and Enterprise services to support clients into jobs and training. Services for communities and organisations focus on influencing policy development, public education and supporting community development which includes facilitating the Racial Minority Voluntary Sector Assembly. TREC also delivers some specialised training and consultancy on a fee basis.

June’s role is specifically focused around supporting and co-ordinating The Racial Minority Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Assembly. The Assembly brings together and enables Racial Minority voluntary and community organisations to raise the concerns and needs of Leicester’s Racial Minority Communities. The main purpose of the Assembly is to collectively increase the voice and influence of Racial Minority communities and ensure these communities are treated fairly and equally in the delivery of services, the distribution of resources, policy design and in decision making. TREC co-ordinates and facilitates the activities of the Assembly by hosting regular meetings, providing opportunities to engage and communicate with policy and decision makers and opportunities to access funding through the True Colours consortium. Vijay, Donna and Bhavik from EAVA FM came along to the last Assembly meeting on Tuesday 20th October and had an opportunity to meet some of the members of the Assembly representing Leicester’s diverse community and hear a presentation form Healthwatch Leicester City.

TREC have currently got their ‘Together We Won the War’ exhibition at the Newarke House Museum. The exhibition highlights the contribution of Britain’s Racial Minority Communities in World War 1 to and marks the Centenary of the First World War. (Newark House Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY, Opening times Mon-Sat 10-5pm Sun 11-5pm)

If you would like to access any of The Race Equality Centre services, contact us:

Telephone: 0116 2042790
Address: The Race Equality Centre, 2nd Floor, Phoenix Yard, 5-9 Upper Brown Street, Leicester LE1 5TE
website: www.theraceequalitycentre.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/trec.leicester2
Twitter Account: @trec1967

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Race Equality Centre is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

A racial minority community is a group of a certain race that are in the minority compared to a larger group, the rest of the population.

A racial minority community and voluntary organisation is led by and for racial minority communities.

Written by June Gomes, a Race Equality Officer & Uploaded by VZONE Multimedia