Thank you to all!!!

Thank you to all!!!

Massive thanks to everyone that came out to support our “Stop the Cuts” protest yesterday in our campaign to lobby the Leicester City Council reviews and cuts of Child and Youth services and voluntary organisations.


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Presently the city council is planning many cuts across the city. The organisations having their funding cut or reviewed are predominantly from child services or voluntary organisations mainly from minority backgrounds.



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Our Jobs Fair Got Off To A Flying Start

The Race Equality Centre Jobs & Skills Fair


The Race Equality Centre (TREC) supported by Jobcentre Plus and Highfields Centre hosted a Jobs & Skills Fair on Thursday 13 February 2014 at the Highfields Centre. Fifteen employers, training providers and advice agencies showcased their services and job opportunities. The event promoted employment and development opportunities to the people of Leicester. Over 500 individuals attended the event, 80% of whom were from racial minority communities.

Two workshops were also delivered by business mentors from TREC’s Enterprising New Arrivals programme for people who wanted information on starting up a business. And, an internet café was set up for people who wanted access to online facilities to look for jobs.


The majority of the people attending said that they were satisfied with the quality of the information on offer from employers and service providers and with the overall event.

Exhibitors were each asked to provide structured, formal feedback on the benefits of the day. Richard Atkinson from Westminster Homecare who was advertising vacancies at the event stated:

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“We were very impressed with the event yesterday and the standard of applicants we had. We are holding interviews for some 20 people who expressed an interest in our vacancies. But just to say that this was a well organised event and thank you for inviting us to take part.”

It is hoped that this will be the first of a series of employment related activities organised with the public and voluntary sector working in partnership to improve employment outcomes for Leicester’s residents.


Contact: Vinod Chudasama or Shabana Momin The Race Equality Centre

Telephone: 0116 299 9800 Email: or

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A Hero Has Died


Stuart Hall’s

Stuart Hall’s early work on racism and reaction articulated the effect of the world’s history on shaping English history.  He stated ‘the outside history that is inside the history of the English ….[that] There is no English history without that other history..”  With this he established himself as an essential critical theorist on matters of identity and ideology, articulating and expanding on theories of ‘historical amnesia’ – a concept that remarkably still as currency today.  Following this introduction to critical thinking, Stuart Hall joined the Routledge Critical Thinkers and elaborated on his earlier work within the sub publication ‘Racism and Resistance’.

Hall was one of the first academics to define and critically describe the notion of a multicultural society (which he distinguished from a multi-cultural state).  He expressed the view that a successful British society would only be determined when individuals in Britain are recognised as having strong but different attachments – thus challenging the notion of a uniquely homogenous British cultural identity.

Stuart Hall has epitomised  through his dialogue (written and verbal) the very essence of The Race Equality Centre’s raison d’etre

The quality of this man has been summarised by Diane Abbott, the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington who said: “For me he was a hero. A black man who soared above and beyond the limitations imposed by racism and one of the leading cultural theorists of his generation.”