About

The Race Equality Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) - is a voluntary organisation that was established under the name of the Leicester Racial Equality Council in 1991. We exist to challenge discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and further strengthened by the Human Rights Act 1998.

The Race Equality Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) – is a voluntary organisation that was established under the name of the Leicester Racial Equality Council in 1991. We exist to challenge discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and further strengthened by the Human Rights Act 1998.

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Our mission is:

to actively promote and seek to implement a racially just, fair and equitable society which will enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Leicester & Leicestershire”

The Race Equality Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) – is a voluntary organisation that was established under the name of the Leicester Racial Equality Council in 1991. We exist to challenge discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and further strengthened by the Human Rights Act 1998.

NO RACIST INCIDENT IS TOO TRIVIAL TO REPORT! [read article]

IMPORTANT NEWS

VCS Review

Leicester City Council is carrying out a review of the arrangements that it currently has with Voluntary Sector organisations that are funded by the Corporate Services.

The organisations concerned, including The Race Equality Centre, were initially informed of the review by letter in mid-October.

Leicester City Council is carrying out a review of the arrangements that it currently has with Voluntary Sector organisations that are funded by the Corporate Services.

The organisations concerned, including The Race Equality Centre, were initially informed of the review by letter in mid-October.  The letter was rapidly followed by an article in the Leicester Mercury on 14th October.  On the 17th October, the review was alluded to, as part of the “any other business” the City Council’s Neighbourhoods & Community Involvement Scrutiny Commission.  On 28th October, the full proposals were published on Leicester City Council’s web-page and the consultation period started.  Consultation on these proposals will end on 17th January 2014.

So far, three reasons have been publically given for the review.

  • 1. “To create a different relationship with the voluntary sector”

However, the consultation does not talk about any kind of relationship but concentrates on the criteria for selection of organisations to receive funding in the future

  • 2. “To make savings in the budget of infrastructure support

The proposal sets out savings of approximately 23% against the current expenditure.  What is the cost of this exercise which includes purchasing software for an online survey; rental for nine community spaces for consultation meetings attended by a Director, a middle manager and at least one other local authority officer.  Then there is the cost to individuals attending these meetings (including from the seven affected organisations); and the cost of taking time out to work with staff, management team and service users on the profound implications of this review.

  • 3.“To address issues of underperformance/non-performance of some funded organisations”.

But, the City Council employs project officers to review the performance of organisations, based on reports that are regularly submitted to them.  The Race Equality Centre has certainly been submitting reports every three months for at least the last six years. On no occasion have we been informed that there is a question mark about the quality of our performance.

One aspect of the review, which focuses on race relations, looks likely to preclude the possibility of The Race Equality Centre receiving funding. This area is entitled “Engagement to support a cohesive Leicester”.

The proposals limit support to certain protected characteristics – but not all protected characteristics or other seldom-heard groups will have an independent voice.

Of particular concern to the work that we have been delivering for many years, there is no provision in the proposals for forums, networks, and or other representation for racial minority voluntary groups – the City Council is proposing to stop supporting any collective ‘voice’ from local communities and voluntary groups.

The Race Equality Centre supports all racial groups within the city.  We work to support an inclusive Leicester!!!

The work of The Race Equality Centre is about improving access to rights and opportunities for those who are excluded because of their race or national origin.

IN 2012/13 WE HELPED:

  • 1120  individuals  Obtain their rights in housing, immigration, welfare benefits, race discrimination, racial harassment, complaints about the police, access to education and access to health services.
  • 592 individuals With business development advice.
  • 60 individuals Improve employability skills

IN 2012/13 WE SUPPORTED:

  • Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Leicester City Council
  • Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Leicester City Healthwatch
  • Leicestershire Police
  • Leicester Magistrates
  • Leicester City MPs
  • Nottingham City Council

In taking strategic action to improve their policies and strategies to bring about race equality and better race relations.

IN 2012/13 WE WORKED WITH:

  • The Racial Minority Voluntary Sector Assembly
  • African Caribbean Centre Development Group
  • Advice Leicester Partnership
  • Phoenix Alliance
  • Multi Agency Forum for Refugees & Asylum Seekers
  • Voluntary Action Leicestershire
  • Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living
  • Public Authority Staff Associations
  • Chinese Elders Community Group
  • Laura Centre
  • Stop & Search Reference Group

And many others

The Race Equality Centre has been seeking clarification of the proposals and have been expressing our concerns about the implication of these matters. We urge you to take part in the consultation and let you views be known. You can take part in the on-line consultation, or attend one of the consultation meetings, by visiting:

http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/corporate-resources-and-support/vcs

We urge you to take part in the consultation and let you views be known. You can take part in the on-line consultation, or attend one of the consultation meetings, by visiting: http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/corporate-resources-and-support/vcs

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