Ethnic Minority and Women’s Organisations: from survival to thriving

SPRC Roundtable Workshop – Friday 13 June 2014

This event will see the launch of two reports by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University and use this as an opportunity to facilitate a discussion around how recent trends have jeopardised the existence of migrant, minority, women (and more generally third sector) organisations, at least in their traditional forms.

The professionalization and marketization of the sector, the funding shift towards commissioning, the social cohesion and Big Society agendas, and the spending review are all factors in this process. Many organisations have closed, others are suffering and those left standing had to come up with different models of work and sustainability. Infrastructure organisations are those which have been reduced the most – on the other hand both our reports suggest that networking (formal and informal) and cooperation between organisations are key factors to ensure organisations working against inequality can survive and actually thrive (once again).

This event aims to bring together organisations, community activists, local policy makers and academics in an opportunity to engage with these issues. The afternoon workshop will explore what are the lessons learned over the last few years, encourage participants to share practice and strategies and to develop a joint action plan for the coming years. In particular, the event aims to identify a number of future actions in partnership between third sector organisations and between these and academic researchers.

The event commences at 10am, refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. The event is free to attend but must be booked in advance ASAP as places are limited via

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