Oct 27 2014

Funding Applications Training from VAH: Free to BAME; £25+ to non-BAME groups

voluntary_action_harrowPress release from Voluntary Action Harrow

Funding Applications Training

Voluntary Action Harrow are running an ‘Introduction to Bid Writing’ workshop which aims to introduce non-profit organisations to the principles of fundraising and how to appeal to funders. This workshop will help you identify sources of funding and give you guidance on how to write successful bids. It ill be an interactive learning experience, where discussions and exercises will be used to bring good practices to life.

This workshop will cover:

How to appeal to funders

Important principles of fundraising

Where to find sources of funding

How to produce a successful application

Writing the application

The workshop will be held on the 4th November 2014 from 6pm to 8pm and is free for volunteers from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups. To book visit http://goo.gl/Q5r0ep, email contact@voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk, or call 020 8861 5894.

We sought clarification on the “free for volunteers from… BAME groups…” and VAH clarified:

The invite is open for all, however if the person attending is not a volunteer from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Group there is a charge.

*A BAME group is one that primarily serves people from the BAME communities.

Here are the costs:
Free for Volunteers from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups
£25 for Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Organisations, Non-Profit Organisations, Charities (per person)
£35 for Public/Private Organisations (per person)

You can book here:  http://goo.gl/Q5r0ep


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  1. mike mcfadden

    Disgraceful and ugly when will you people learn ?

  2. Susan Hall

    To me this seems wrong. I do not think that these sorts of services should be offered to any group over another because of race. All voluntary organisations should have a chance of this training but to give to one group free of charge yet charge others based on race in my view is is not the Harrow way. We pride ourselves in this Borough for treating everyone equally and this therefore goes against that. I am very surprised that this is allowable under the equality act 2010 but I assume it must be else the organisation would not be offering it.

  3. Concerned Harrovian

    I agree with councillor Hall. This could cause resentment in people not in the BAME groups .It would seem that people are having to pay £25 for others to go free. Also if those not in the BAME do not want to pay to learn how to apply for grants then it means there is a secondary issue of denying grants to these groups.

    I would think that this organisation should be promoting harmonious relations between groups not setting them against one another. it seems that Harrow is pursuing the idea that some animals are more equal than others.(George Orwell 1984).

    How is Voluntary Action Funded? If it is by the Council there are serious questions to be asked.

    How do the BAME groups feel about this as it would be interesting to hear their views?

    1. Awula Serwah

      If the intention is to support struggling groups, it might have been more helpful to make the training free for all organisations with income below a certain threshold.

  4. Concerned Harrovian

    I meant to say “Animal Farm” for the quotation “that some animals are more equal than others”.

  5. sonoo malkani

    I am absolutely appalled that this offer is being made in its existing form since it immediately promotes a feeling of RESENTMENT among our indigenous community members and definitely defeats our proud ambition to promote a feeling of INCLUSIVENESS AND HARMONY.Not been thought out carefully..

    Anything which remotely smacks of DISCRIMINATION must be ditched.I humbly urge the people in charge to examine what they have put into the public domain and amend it as soon as possible.

    I understand VAH might have had the intention of using some kind of positive discrimination in favour of the BAME groups,so that those perceived to be less well off might be able to attend free of charge.However,this has misfired badly as is obvious from the comments above.

    I strongly believe this is not the way forward since we ALL contribute to our taxes and are equally suffering the effects of long term austerity.You could either charge everybody a smaller fee or charge NO FEE at all.

    I am sure nobody has deliberately set out to offend.Could we please correct this pronto and make sure that VOLUNTARY ACTION HARROW(VAH) is seen to be fair and even-handed in its works.Harrow believes in Equality.Good luck.Hope the workshop goes well. goes well.

    God bless Harrow.

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