On Thursday 14th July 2022, over 60 attendees from 34 organisations attended our first in-person VCS Assembly!
Ahead of the meeting, we pulled together a briefing document highlighting key work being done in this area and opportunities for development. Read here: Assembly 4 Briefing
Held at Halkevi Turkish Community Centre, with delicious food cooked by Beriya and wonderfully hosted by VCS Leadership Group chairs Rosemary Jawara (Beersheba Living Well) and Vanessa Morris (MIND CHWF). We were thrilled to be able to host this important conversation on how to make commissioning more equitable and anti-racist. This Assembly was hosted with support from the Institute for Voluntary Research Action (IVAR) who assisted with research on the topic and will collate the information shared and ideas/solutions created during the meeting.
We had 4 wonderful speakers (videos to follow soon):
Sonia Khan, Head of Policy and Strategic Delivery and Joanne Blackwood, Strategic Delivery Officer, Hackney Council, shared updates on the Council’s adopted approach to anti-racism. While acknowledging the Council is not currently anti-racist, sharing how they are taking their anti-racism strategy forward. See the presentation slides here: Hackney Council Presentation at VCS Assembly 14.7.22
Ian McKay, Senior Strategy Manager, Compass Wellbeing, spoke on Compass’s work around making funding more accessible through grant funding and offering grant application support to voluntary and community sector organisations. Presentation slides here: Compass Presentation at VCS Assembly 14.7.22
Kelly Reid, Programmes Manager, The Crib, on their experiences of local commissioning, the opportunities for rethinking commissioning and the power of the voluntary and community sector to lead on this work.
Lutumba Muzinga and Mimi Kitoko, Chairwoman and Treasurer, Hackney Congolese Women’s Women’s Support Group, on their experiences of local commissioning and their experience of working with St Georges University on a research project around barriers to COVID-19 vaccine in their community.
The next steps from this VCS Assembly will be 2 working group meetings to further develop the key opportunities and ideas identified in the meeting to produce some community recommendations for working towards anti-racist commissioning. If you are interested in being part of the working group, please email Assembly@hcvs.org.uk