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Published Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cllr Chaudhury Anwar MBE, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion chaired a special conference yesterday, which brought together members of the black and minority ethnic community who work in the voluntary sector.

Anwar The conference, called Our Community - Our Council, looked at ways which the voluntary sector could work jointly with Enfield Council to continue to provide high quality assistance for the people that the different organisations support.
There were speakers from Enfield Racial Equality, who spoke of their vision. Also David Block, Area Census Manager told delegates about how there would be increasing representation from the black and minority ethnic community in the future, so it was important that people from these communities had adequate access to services.
Workshops looked at capacity building for the third sector, plus what resources it needed to be sustained. The shared priorities and vision were also examined for black and minority ethnic groups plus what resources and opportunities there were for them.
Cllr Chaudhury Anwar said "In these current tough economic times the voluntary and community sector are finding it harder than ever to secure funding for their projects, and to support the people they represent.
"This conference was arranged to bring together groups who support and work with black and minority ethnic groups, as they are particularly disadvantaged, and assist them in working more closely with the Council.
"I hope the day gave delegates some ideas on how they can work more creatively to secure funding, and also provided some important time to network, and gave groups more confidence so that they can spread out further into their communities."

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