The project’s aim is to address inequalities and support communities across West of Scotland, so that they are enabled to engage and participate in civic society and act as a voice and a champion of their community. Through capacity building activities, we will ensure that the community members’ participation is recognised, and community cohesion is increased.
Our project works on following themes across the West of Scotland focusing on Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire:
Public, private, third sector voluntary and community based organisations across the West of Scotland.
Community based organisations include both private and voluntary organisations.
Diverse minority ethnic women in the West of Scotland
Members of minority ethnic communities are supported to participate, engage with services and civic society, thereby opportunities to participate in democratic processes and civic life.
Public, voluntary and community organisations across urban and rural areas in the West of Scotland are enabled to address inequalities in their service provision.
Minority ethnic women are developed to contribute to the formation and design of the ‘Minority Ethnic Womens Participation Project’ (MEWPP).
Minority Ethnic women are enabled to recognise processes to participate effectively with public services and civic life through ongoing participation in MEWPP
To achieve the project objectives we have a number of streams of work as follow:
Equality Response Forum (ERF)
During 2015/2016 the Living Equality project formed the equality response forum (ERF). The ERF comprised of 8 community experts and academics that were initially recruited and supported to respond to requests received from public sector organisations on public sector equality duty (PSED). Some of the activities of the forum in relation to PSED were, engaging with diverse communities, research and training on different equality strands. The formation of ERF provided opportunities to individuals across all protected characteristics in the form of capacity building. The ERF members received training on how support could be provided to voluntary sector and community organisations. This training focused on how organisations could enhance their equality planning process and service delivery. The above services are currently offered by the project staff.
“As a member of the Forum, I have been able to develop a deeper understanding of equality issues and had the opportunity to play a role in influencing/informing public sector understanding.”