Equality Updates 17th February 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Stamping Out Domestic Violence (16/02/12):
Justice Secretary visits new domestic abuse court in Edinburgh.
RSL Adaptations Budget And Funding Criteria For 2012-13Analysis Of Consultation Responses R F No. 68/2011 (15/02/12):
RSL Adaptations Budget And Funding Criteria For 2012-13 An Analysis Of Consultation Responses (15/02/12):
Sharp Decline In Homeless Figures (14/02/12):
Prevention methods having an impact says Minister.
Homeless Persons In Scotland: A National Statistics Publication for Scotland: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/255325
Council Tax On Long-Term Empty Properties And The Housing Support Grant – Consultation Responses (13/02/12):
The Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (10/02/12):
The purpose of the consultation is to seek views from organisations and the public on the draft Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
£8.5m To Support Youth Employment (09/02/12):
CHEX Briefing On Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy:
http://digbig.com/5bfnys If you have any questions about the briefing please contact Janet Muir Janet@scdc.org.uk Tel 0141 248 1990 Download CHEX’s full consultation response here: http://digbig.com/5bfnyr (pdf)
From REFUGEE SURVIVAL TRUST:
RST is working with Scottish Refugee Council, the British Red Cross and the Scottish Poverty Information Unit on a new research report on asylum destitution in Scotland. We would really appreciate your help and support with this research to help us get as much information as possible about the numbers of people seeking asylum who are destitute in Scotland and the issues they face. Could you: attend our focus group and planning meeting on Feb 28th?; take part in our destitution tally in the week beginning March 5th? (if you see destitute clients at your service or group); Pass this information on to other groups who support destitute clients who might be willing to take part in the tally? For more information email Rachel at SRC Rachel.Devlin@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk
From WOMEN’S SUPPORT PROJECT:
International Women’s Day:
Garterstitch has organised an event to celebrate International Women`s Day. Proceeds will go to charity, including Women`s Support. More details at http://www.garterstitch100.posterous.com
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR SINGLE HOMELESS:
The Scottish Homelessness And Employability Network: Annual Forum: Life In Reverse:
[Glasgow] 27th March. Since last year’s successful SHEN Forum, there have been many changes to the landscape of homelessness and employability, including ongoing welfare reform, harsh economic challenges and an increasingly competitive labour market.
From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Calling All Those Who Identify As Male In Edinburgh And The Lothians:
Are you aged 16 – 25? Do you identify as gay or bisexual, or as being attracted to other men? Are you willing to talk about your views on sexual health, HIV and sexual health services?
Partnership Working In Ayrshire And Arran (10/02/12):
LGBT Youth Scotland signs a partnership agreement with the Ayrshire Equality Partnership and the Equality Network to demonstrate their joint commitment to LGBT Equality. We are delighted that the NHS, Local Authorities and Police in Ayrshire have come together to demonstrate their joint commitment to LGBT people and communities across Ayrshire – Hugh Torrance, Director of Development, LGBT Youth Scotland.
From CHILDREN 1ST:
Children 1st Annual Lecture Report Published (14/02/12):
The transcript of the CHILDREN 1ST annual lecture 2011 is now available. The lecture entitled ‘Poverty, Families and Community’ was delivered in December 2011 by Bob Holman.
From EMPLOYABILITY & TACKLING POVERTY LEARNING NETWORK:
Report: Making The Long-Term Economic Case For Investing In Mental Health To Contribute To Sustainability (14/02/12):
This report from the European Commission notes that poor mental health has a significant economic impact on the health system and the wider economy in Europe, with implications for the potential achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy on economic growth.
From TAKE ONE ACTION:
Rural & Regional Tour 2012:
Stirling: Fri 17 Feb Even the Rain; Sun 19 Feb Homegrown
Alford: Sat 25 Feb Blood in the Mobile
Dunblane: Sat 18 Feb: There Once Was An Island; Even the Rain
Nairn: Mon 27 Feb Even the Rain
Inverness: Tue 28 Feb Blood in the Mobile
Cromarty: Wed 29 Feb Homegrown
Callander: Tue 21 Feb You’ve Been Trumped
Ullapool: Thu 1 Mar You’ve Been Trumped
Comrie: Wed 22 Feb You’ve Been Trumped
Stornoway: Fri 2 Mar You’ve Been Trumped
Aberdeen: Thu 23 Feb Even the Rain
Isle of Skye: Sat 3 Mar There Once Was An Island
Banchory Fri 24 Feb Homegrown
Isle of Skye: Sat 3 Mar You’ve Been Trumped
From THIRD FORCE NEWS:
Child Asylum Seekers Are Supported By Guardians (16/02/12):
A unique Scottish project that provides individual guardians to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK has been hailed as a major success.
Victims Of Domestic Abuse To Benefit From £6.5m To Expand Services (16/02/12):
Projects working with survivors and families affected by domestic abuse have been given a significant cash boost. Almost £6.5m of Big Lottery Fund cash will go to projects which work with vulnerable women and families, with a nationwide project to support children.
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Submission – Commission On Women Offenders (08/02/12):
In June 2011 the Scottish Government established the Commission on Women Offenders, led by Dame Elish Angiolini QC, to find a more effective way of dealing with women in the criminal justice system in Scotland. The SHRC has submitted evidence to the process
Co-Housing A Positive Choice For Lifestyle, Health And Wellbeing:
[Dunfermline] 6 March 2012. ‘Planning For Your Future’ – Seminar On Co-Housing from The Vivarium Trust, in association with the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS)
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:
Film Screening ‘Bol’:
[Glasgow] Part 1: Thursday 23rd February, 1pm to 3pm; Part 2: Thursday 1st March, 1pm to 3pm, at Pollokshields Development Agency, 15 Kenmure St, Glasgow G41 2NT. GWL are screening the film ‘Bol’ an urdu term meaning ‘Speak’. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided! Based in the heart of Lahore, the story takes place in a house full of daughters, teeming with the vibrancy of life but restricted to bloom. It is the story of a girl who challenges the mindset that closes all doors of Light on women of the house and considers them nothing more than a machine that produces children. Bol is a roller-coaster of emotions. It questions the worth of a human being, be it a woman or a person born with a birth defect. It questions the authority of reproducing human beings into this world without taking responsibility of acknowledging their worth. Contact: Syma Ahmed, BME Development Officer, Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley St, Glasgow G3 7BW Tel: 0141 248 9969 Txt: 07783 975044 firstname.lastname@example.org
From CARERS SCOTLAND:
Carers Voices – Training For Carers:
Carers Scotland is providing free training to unpaid carers living in the South of Glasgow so they can better get their voices heard and develop better communication skills when talking to medical staff and social workers. The courses, split over two half days, are specifically for two wide ranging carer groups; carers from Black and Minority Ethnic communities (13 and 20 March) and carers looking after someone with a mental health condition (21 and 29 February). Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be help with transport and respite, if required.
How You Can Get Involved Headspace 2012
HeadSpace is part of the National Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and a Partnership between Positive Mental Attitudes and Platform. HeadSpace is a month long series of arts events which explores a theme around mental health and well-being. How you can get involved HeadSpace 2012: We run free arts sessions for anyone living/working in the North East Glasgow area. If you would like to try your hand at art, writing or are interested in treading the boards then why not try drama? These sessions run in blocks and work towards contributing to HeadSpace in October. Further information: Laura McEwing at Positive Mental Attitudes, Phone: 0141 232 0170/ 0165
From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:
Launch Event: Glasgow’s new Community Learning and Development Network:
[Glasgow] 8th March, 9am – 1.10pm (followed by networking lunch), The Albany, Learning and Conference Centre, Ashley St, Glasgow. GCVS, as part of Glasgow Community Learning Strategy Partnership, is launching a practitioner’s network, aimed at the broad range of workers using community learning and development approaches in the city. FREE. Book online at http://www.gcvs.org.uk/events
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
LGB/T + Disability Intersectional Equality Training:
9am – 1.30pm, Edinburgh (22nd February), Glasgow (23rd February), Dumfries (24th February), and Inverness (2nd March). If you work in the voluntary or the public sector, providing services for LGBT people, disabled people, or that you want to be fully inclusive of both, this free training is just for you. Brought to you by the Equality Network and Scottish Transgender Alliance in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance, Inclusion Scotland and flip. Any queries or requests for further information should be sent to Robert Gale of flip – email email@example.com or phone/text 07776 274 073
From POVERTY ALLIANCE:
3rd Scottish Assembly For Tackling Poverty: Alternatives for a Fairer Scotland:
15th and 16th March. Speakers include: Owen Jones, Author of Chavs; Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation; Philip Blond, Author of ‘Red Toryism’ and Director of Respublica; Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland; Ghazala Hakeem, Poverty Truth Commission. In the face of a stagnating economy and predictions that poverty will rise in the next four years, those fighting poverty in Scotland will face many challenges over the next few years. Yet despite the fact that large cuts are being made to public spending, the UK remains a wealthy society. It is in this context that the Poverty Alliance is organising the 3rd Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty. The Assembly will be a chance to challenge our current ways of working and will provide the opportunity to look at real alternatives from the perspective of policy makers, politicians, national and community organisations and from people who are directly affected by the issues. Themes of discussion will include: Alternative Economic Models; Child Poverty; Sustainable Communities; Fuel Poverty; Welfare Reform. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 353 0440
What Could You Do With A Bit More Space? Temporary Space Available For An Event, a Pop-Up Project, Workshops…
[Glasgow] the old JJB shop, Biggar St, Parkhead Forge, G13 4BH. 3Space is about to take over this vacant shop and are looking for groups who could make good use of it. 3Space is a registered charity which takes an otherwise empty property and makes it available to charities, community groups, non-profits on a non-commercial basis. Through support from landlords we are able to make properties available free of charge to other charities on a temporary basis (subject to the application requirements listed on our website http://3space.org/charities/how-to-apply-to-use-space) The unit that we are going to be getting is where the old JJB shop used to be on Biggar Street, (Parkhead Forge, G134BH). The space is 11,400 sq ft and further details about the unit and how 3Space operates can be found on our website here: http://3space.org/properties/scotland/glasgow. It could be used for a variety of uses such as a fundraising event, theatre rehearsals, and workshops or for a variety of other uses that would help charitable organisations to deliver their objectives. There is plenty of scope to be creative with how you use this unit; please have a look on our website to see how other units have previously been used: http://www.3space.org. Contact: Harry Owen-Jones, email@example.com, Phone: 07813147349
Deaf Awareness Event:
[Glasgow] 27th March, Glasgow City Chambers, George Square G2 1DU, 9.30am – 12.30. A new initiative to encourage more employees to take up Deaf Awareness is now available in Glasgow. Signs4Life have set up an introductory workshop in Deaf Awareness to help staff to communicate and engage with their deaf & hard of hearing colleagues, service users, students and clients in Glasgow. This local initiative is to help identify barriers that deaf people face and explore their culture and community but also to encourage inclusion of all people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities in Glasgow. Attendance is strictly by booking only (limited places). For further information please contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org
From FRIENDS OF AL-AQSA:
This Is Apartheid: Help The World Understand Israeli Apartheid:
[Glasgow] 20th – 24th February, Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbal’s St, G5 9DS, 10am – 6pm. Free Entry. An art and photography exhibition showcasing work by national amateur and professional artists.
More info at http://digbig.com/5bfnxr http://www.apartheidweek.org
Plans To Hold Scottish Defence League March Through Glasgow Cancelled (11/02/12):
The Scottish Defence League have decided to cancel their march and hold a static demonstration instead.
From GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY (GCU) and SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS (SCVO):
Masters In Citizenship And Human Rights Programme:
Those working and volunteering in charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply to study a work-based Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights. The course, developed jointly by GCU and the SCVO with support from European Social Funding in the Highlands & Islands, gives you the chance to learn more about, and gain accreditation for, the work you already do. You will study exciting and relevant topics at a high level academic level, reflect on how they relate to your day-to-day work or volunteering role, and understand how to make changes that will enhance social inclusion. Positive feedback from ‘pioneering’ students who started in August 2011 together with a continued high level of interest in the course means that registration is now open for a second student cohort starting on 13th August 2012. Study is part-time and online with only a few face-to-face seminars in Glasgow, ensuring that people in remote, island or rural areas can access learning. For more information visit http://digbig.com/5bfpae To register for the course, e-mail email@example.com
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS:
The Scottish Rural Equality Network (SREN) – An Important Update:
Unfortunately the SREN Online Forum website has recently been the victim of a hacker and we have had to take it offline. This, alongside other changes at SCVO, has led us to review how the SREN fits within our wider work and support of the third sector, and we have decided that we will no longer operate under the Scottish Rural Equality Network banner. However, SCVO’s Equality and Human Rights team continues to support rural Scotland’s third sector through our other work, including that of the Highlands and Islands Equality Forum (HIEF). If you want to find out more about the support SCVO can offer you, visit: http://www.scvo.org.uk/equality-human-rights. This includes looking at practical ways we can use equality and human rights approaches to support our work during these tough times.
Crisis, Cuts And Citizenship:
[Glasgow] 1st March, 2.30pm – 4pm. A free event exploring the role of citizenship and human rights in the current economic climate. Are you at risk of cuts to your funding? Have you considered how the impact this will have on the rights of your service users could be used to challenge your funders? Terms like ‘citizenship’ and ‘human rights’ are increasingly used in the language of today’s civil society, and recognised as fundamental values across the third sector. But taking a practical approach to citizenship in everyday work, and helping people understand, access and fight for their own rights, especially during times of economic crisis, can seem much harder to do. More info and to book:
From RUNNYMEDE TRUST:
What Challenges Face Older Ethnic Minority People In Retirement? (16/02/12):
A new short documentary by Runnymede looks at the specific needs of ethnic minority older people, and the challenges they face in retirement.
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Court Ruling Means Disabled Air Passengers Are Not Protected, Says Commission (13/02/12):
Civil Partners Win Against Gay Discrimination Appeal (10/02/12):
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has successfully defended an appeal in the Court of Appeal against a ruling in the County Court which found that hotel owners had directly discriminated against a gay couple.
EHRC Comment On Bideford Council Prayers Court Ruling (14/02/12):
In response to the ruling on prayers in Council meetings, a spokesperson for the EHRC said: “Many litigants attempt to use the important protections in the Human Rights Act inappropriately. We note that the human rights arguments in this case have been rejected by the judge. We think it unfortunate that a compromise couldn’t be reached on this matter, without resorting to legal action.”
From HOME OFFICE:
New Student Rules To Attract Brightest And Best (13/02/12):
New rules will come into force within weeks to cut abuse of the student visa route, Immigration Minister Damian Green announced today.
New Support For Young Victims Of Sexual Violence And Gangs (10/02/12):
Organisations that support young people who have been victims of sexual violence or exploitation are being invited to apply for funding amounting to £1.2m. The new money, announced in the ‘ending gang and youth violence report’, will be used to help support ‘young people’s advocates’. They will support victims of rape and sexual abuse, and work with vulnerable young people at risk of being targeted by gangs, as well as providing a vital link between existing services.
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS
Racism And The Use Of Force During Deportations (16/02/12):
The parliamentary Home Affairs Committee has recently published a report on rules governing enforced removal from the UK.
No Borders Activists Arrested After West London Blockade (16/02/12):
Eleven No Borders activists have been charged with public order offences following an action to stop a charter flight to Ghana earlier this week
Lies, Damned Lies And Racism (09/02/12):
The numbers game around immigration statistics has turned into a bloody battle.
From WOMEN’S VIEWS ON NEWS:
UK Prisons Failing Vulnerable Women (16/02/12):
Earlier this week, retired prison governor Clive Chatterton joined the growing ranks of those speaking out against conditions in women’s prisons in the UK.
From INCLUSION LONDON:
It’s A Matter Of Survival… (10/02/12):
Important new report on recent research carried out by Inclusion London into the funding cuts experienced by London’s Deaf and disabled peoples organisations (DDPOs).
Twice As Many Women As Men Lost Their Jobs In Last Quarter (16/02/12):
Fawcett’s response to the February Labour Market Statistics.
From EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND:
Disability Programmes And Policies: How Does Northern Ireland Measure Up?:
From BECAUSE IT’S GOOD:
Creating Accessible Websites Isn’t Rocket Science (13/02/12):
As RNIB begin a court case against bmibaby for failing to adequately address the needs of all users of its website, interaction designer Pete Fairhurst takes a look at where they went wrong, and how others can avoid the same mistakes.
From MILLION WOMEN RISE:
Million Women Rise 2012:
[London] Saturday, 3 March 2012
From JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE OF IMMIGRANTS:
Legal Aid Bill – Final Stages (16/02/12):
Wide Gap Between Government Rhetoric On Disability And The Reality (16/02/12):
There is a huge gap in the rhetoric the government uses on disability and the reality of how its policies impact on opportunities for disabled people, says the TUC today. In its submission to the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) consultation on its three-year strategy on disability, the TUC argues that for disabled people who are able to work, paid, decent, secure and safe employment is the best route out of poverty and is an important step towards social inclusion.
From MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS NETWORK:
Migration, Integration And The London Election:
This is the first of two blogs looking at the elections for Mayor of London and Assembly Members that will be taking place on 3rd of May.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Neighbourhood Working, Active Citizenship And Devolution:
[London] 29 March: http://digbig.com/5bfntf
The Politics Of Ageing: Where Will We Be In 2024? (13/02/12):
JRF Challenges Society To Think Differently About Ageing (13/02/12):
Why We Must Celebrate – Not Ignore – Ageing (13/02/12):
Perspectives On Ageing With Dementia (13/02/12):
Perspectives On Ageing With A Learning Disability (13/02/12):
Perspectives On Ageing In Gypsy Families (13/02/12):
Perspectives On Ageing In South Asian Families (13/02/12):
Perspectives On Ageing: Lesbians, Gay Men And Bisexuals (13/02/12):
Draft Marriage Bill Published By Stonewall (14/02/12):
Stonewall Welcomes Sentences For Extremists Convicted In Incitement To Hatred Case (10/02/12):
Stonewall Welcomes Court’s Decision To Uphold Landmark Anti-Discrimination Ruling (10/02/12):
From JUST PLAIN SENSE:
GP Leader Dr Clare Gerada Welcomes ‘Pride In Practice’ (15/02/12):
Yesterday saw the culmination of several months of collaboration between NHS North West and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation on a brand new initiative. ‘Pride in Practice’ is a new standard of excellence in healthcare for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, designed to help GP Practices improve the quality of the care and services they provide.
From PINK NEWS:
Social Network Aims To Connect Rural Gays (15/02/12):
Hate Crime Conviction Rate Rises In England And Wales (14/02/12):
UK Study: 61% Of Christians Back Equal Rights For Gay Couples (14/02/12):
Video: Anti-Homophobic Bullying Single An Overnight Hit (13/02/12):
Report: The Schools OUT Conference 2012 (Part One) (10/02/12):
Report: The Schools OUT Conference 2012 (Part Two) (10/02/12):
From LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY:
Charity Calls On Peers To Vote With Conscience On Welfare Reform Bill (13/02/12):
Leonard Cheshire Disability is calling on peers to vote with their conscience when the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the Lords tomorrow 14 February
From THE GUARDIAN:
Disabled People Face Unlimited Unpaid Work Or Cuts In Benefit (16/02/12):
Mental health groups and charities attack plans drawn up by Department for Work and Pensions
Can David Cameron Be Made To Understand What Women Want? (15/02/12):
It is the first post of its kind: a female policy adviser whose remit is both specialised and broad – to counsel the prime minister on how his policies will affect women. Laura Trott, currently chief of staff to the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, has been appointed to ensure that government plans appeal to female voters.
From DISABILITY NOW:
Miller Holds Firm On DLA Reform:
While disabled campaigners may be proud of recent successes in the battle over welfare reform, Maria Miller tells Sunil Peck that what she’s doing is right
Understanding Dissociative Disorders (15/02/12):
We recently published our updated information on dissociative disorders. Inger from our Information team blogs about what dissociation is and some of the myths surrounding it.
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
Free Movement: EU Launches European Disability Forum Freedom Guide:
From EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE:
Violence Against Roma on the Rise: ERRC Testifies (16/02/12):
The ERRC made a statement on the escalation of violence against Roma at a hearing in Washington DC yesterday.
ERRC And Slovak Civil Society Call For End To Anti-Roma Election Materials In Slovakia (15/02/12):
From EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:
MEPs Speak Out Against Homophobic And Transphobic Censorship Laws In Russia (14/02/12):
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