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To recognise that the Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector has an important role to play in the development of an active, thriving and diverse community.
To recognise the sector has and important role to play in empowering service users, by actively involving some of the most socially excluded people and communities; help to relieve poverty, and improve quality of life.
All partners realise that:
It is vital to develop a partnership approach to achieve racial equality, including promoting and sharing best practice.
It is vital all partners work positively to build mutual trust and confidence to develop a more inclusive and cohesive society.
Through the identification and implementation of key principles and practices the BME sector can enjoy equality of opportunity and actively contribute to the improvement of policy and outcomes for BME communities.
Where resources and capacity permit play a full and active part within the wider voluntary and community sector
Work in partnership with all agencies in promoting race equality, and promoting civil society
Facilitate partnership working among the diverse ethnic and religious groups within the sector
Demonstrate a commitment to wider equality issues in addition to racial equality.
Aim to establish a responsive network accountable to local groups, which will enable communication and consultation in order to provide BME perspectives on key issues.
Establish racial equality strategies within the corporate planning processes
Produce a Race Equality Scheme under the Race Relations Amendment Act
Value the work, knowledge and expertise of the BME sector
Recognise the independence of the BME sector and its right to challenge policy and practice.
Operate transparent equal opportunity monitoring.
Ensure that BME voluntary and community groups have fair and equal access to funding from the statutory sector
Consider the views of the BME sector and encourage active engagement in community strategies.