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CLIENT QUOTES “Project Officer helped me to understand how some legislation works in Scotland. It is sometimes so different from rules in Poland, and it’s good to turn to a person who can help me to understand” “Project provided me with information about volunteering opportunities within my local area. Now not only I can help others but also build up practical skills for my CV” PARTNER QUOTES “Yes, I think that it (the project) is an effective way to engage with the Polish community. I believe that within the community the word has spread about the service and together they helped out a lot of people. They have kept a lot of people off the poverty line. There seems to be a great deal of trust among the Polish community for the (development officer) and the works she does.”











































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It is my pleasure to report on yet another very busy year for the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and our staff. We continue to deliver a wide range of services not only at WSREC’s base but in outreach surgeries locally in Glasgow and beyond. As a Board, we were determined and have been successful in identifying the needs of those we serve in communities across the West of Scotland, shape the opportunities available and in particular, to align WSREC service provision to the changing needs of the communities in our area of operation.



“We see an inclusive society free from discrimination” Statement of Intent West of Scotland Regional Equality Council is working for a just society which gives everyone an equal chance to learn, work and live, free from discrimination and prejudice and from the fear of harassment and violence.

Our aims are: • • • •

The Equality Act 2010 brought in new challenges for all in relation to dealing with all ‘characteristics’ of equality and I am pleased to report that Board and staff have risen to the challenge and have moved into work relating to other characteristics i.e. Religion and Belief.

Malcolm Green

Harriette V Campbell

Sharon Schlesigner


Vice Chair



Cherif Merrouche

Haji M Munir

Najeeb Atif Naim

O P Khanna MBE

Brij L Gandhi MBE

Stephani Mok

Syed Jafri

(Resigned Nov 10)

(Resigned Nov 10)

Vincent K W Chudy

Tunveer Malik

O S Jandu

(Resigned Nov 10)

Rashid Mahmood Hussain

We continue to work very closely with the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC), which has been set up as an organisation in its own right as a Scottish wide organisation, which would deliver the equality agenda for Scotland. Now well established with the support of the Scottish Government and positive strategies in place, this alliance is consolidating and envisaging growth over the coming years.

“As we are still in an economic recession it is imperative that WSREC’s Board continues to the work of equipping its staff and communities it serves with the best skills, knowledge and motivation to support equality for all bringing improved quality of life.”

To work towards the elimination of discrimination in all of its forms in the West of Scotland To reduce inequality and promote a culture of human rights To promote good community relations, between all people of all communities living in the West of Scotland To provide training towards the elimination of discrimination in all of its forms

Bailie Hanzala Malik

for communities to volunteer to update their skill and experiences in the coming year so that they are job ready.

Rajender Aggarwal (Resigned Nov 10)

Bilal Ahmed (Resigned Nov 10)

As we are still in an economic recession it is imperative that WSREC’s Board continues to do work of equipping its staff and communities it serves with the best skills, knowledge and motivation to support equality for all bringing improved quality of life. The issues of employability for the minority ethnic communities in a climate where all sectors including public authorities and private industry is going through hard times with no training, layoffs and early retirements, the order of the day. Minority communities are further disfranchised from the labour market. For that reason it is important that WSREC attempts to address this issue by promoting and providing opportunities

Right the way through the year WSREC’s Board of Directors have taken great delight in the achievement of our staff through its existing and new projects; such success reflects well on us all and for the organisation as a whole. This has been recognised by the achievement this year of both of IIP and EFQM Quality standards, congratulations to all involved. I look forward to continuing working with the Board, our staff and volunteers, more importantly the communities and organisations out there that genuinely wish to engage to ensure that equalities reach all. In concluding, I would wish to record my thanks to the Board, staff and our partner organisations.

Hanzala Malik Chair

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT It is my pleasure to report on WSREC’s achievements during 2010-11, from a very successful 2nd Board of Directors and staff ‘Away Day’ to service delivery. WSREC through a variety projects and activities has pursued it’s vision of ‘an inclusive society free from discrimination’ establishing more ambitious and productive projects. We significantly increased our pool of staff and strengthened our ability to assist individuals and organisations that has enabled many communities to add to their knowledge, skills and ideas. This has to be seen as third consecutive year of success for WSREC with service delivery reaching and supporting 1,693 individuals with advice and information. We continue to reach more of our new communities with increased outreach surgeries in wider parts of our area of operation and with new culturally sensitive services being developed. As in previous years the report on client work analysis shows there is a significant increasing amount of work being carried out and the dominating community accessing WSREC services continues to be the Central and Eastern European Migrant communities.


Equality Network Scotland as member of its Intersectionality Group making positive contributions within meetings and the provision of training.

Summarised statement of financial activities for the year end 31st March 2011

We are also looking at making volunteering a key part of our work in the coming year and also look at minority ethnic communities having the opportunity of getting involved and appreciating historic sites of Scotland.

2010 £

258,873 56,229 6,604

264,888 64,482 7,682

Total incoming resources



Resources expended Charitable activities Governance costs

(332,460) (7,705)

(338,158) (7,809)

Total resources expended Net movement in funds

(340,165) ____ (18,459)

(345,967) ____ (8,915)

61,476 43,071

70,391 61,476

Funds Balance brought forward Balance carried forward

Not only that within this year WSREC has been successful in obtaining 2 ‘Quality Standards Awards’ the European Foundation for Quality Management ‘commitment to excellence’ and also the Investors in People at Bronze level. Staff have sights on ‘Investors in Volunteers’ standard as the challenge for the coming year.

Abbreviated Balance Sheet at 31st March 2011 Fixed Assets Current Assets Current Liabilities Net Assets

Mohammed Razaq Executive Director

2,242 48,154 (37,379) 43,017

4,032 60,466 (3,022) 61,476

For further information the full financial statements can be obtained from the Secretary of the Council, 39 Napiershall Street, Glasgow G20 6EZ.

TREASURERS REPORT It gives me great pleasure to be giving the finance report as the treasurer for the third year running and to be able to report that we have been largely able to preserve our income with a slight reduction of 5% from previous year from £337,052 to £321,706. We have maintained financial stability by securing funding for additional projects.

WSREC’s vision and ‘equality for all’ message continues to be taken forward through its many projects; partnerships; its training provision, and also through responses to many consultations over the year. Again as in previous years I wish to express my sincere thanks to all staff for their hard work and commitment during the period. Appreciation goes to our many volunteers; placements; Board of Directors; partner organisations, funding bodies and individuals for their support and assistance in making yet another mega successful year for WSREC.

2011 £

I have pleasure in reporting that WSREC has a great team in its staff compliment which has culminated in all projects achieving outputs and outcomes and in many cases being overachieved. This is testimony to the success of ‘team WSREC’s’ work ethos and commitment to the organisation and maximising results for stakeholders.

“WSREC’s vision and ‘equality for all’ message continues to be taken forward through its many projects; partnerships; its training provision, and also through responses to many consultations over the year. ” We continue to work beyond race as our aims and objectives require. New working partnerships with other equality characteristics have been consolidated and taken forward. We were able to work in partnership with wider faith organisations, with the Lodging House Mission we managed to work on the Qurbani (sacrifice) Food Project allowing the Muslim community to contribute and support the homeless and vulnerable individuals in Glasgow. With the Madrassa Taleem Ul Islam and Strathclyde Police we worked in partnership on Positive Directions Project assisting young people to take positive choices in life through work with Muslim females. Further WSREC has continued to work with

Incoming resources Grants Services Other income

The income and expenditure statement shows income for the year as £321,706 where as total expenditure has been £340,165 a deficit of £18,459. Staff salaries and related costs account for £248,200 (73%) of total expenditure with the balance of £91,965 (27%) being administrative and running costs this represents an increase of £10,287 3% from £81,678 last year. This increase in cost is largely due to new projects started within the year.

During the year WSREC has identified various gaps in the services for the community. As a result a number of bids were made and we were successful in obtaining funds from Glasgow City Heritage Trust for 6 month pilot project to work with Chinese and South Asian Communities in relation to built heritage. We were also successful with funding from Strathclyde Police to run pilot on Positive Direction for young people through capacity building Muslim women. We were successful with a number of other bids to run new or enhance ongoing projects. WSREC is also preparing a number of other bids in relation to social exclusion within the minority communities’ i.e. Historic sites in Scotland and for a volunteering project. It is also preparing made application for continued

funding for one more year to the Scottish Government for both the Good Community Relation and Community to Community Projects. Once again I am delighted to note that the Board have risen to the challenge in partnership with staff and seeking other avenues of support and development to enhance our financial position. Thank you   Harriette Campbell Treasurer

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During the period from April 10 to March 11 WSREC recorded 1693 enquiries. This is down from last years 2317 recorded enquiries. Even though the number of enquiries is lower, the nature of enquiries has become more in depth. WSREC has continued to receive enquires from clients through the office and at various outreach surgeries across the West of Scotland.

It has been another busy year for the admin team once again supporting the various projects currently running at WSREC.

The tables show the breakdown on the recorded enquiries.

Our Office Manager Farrah Rashid has been looking after the admin support staff for 13 years now and she is more than just part of the furniture. This year the admin department have supported 8 projects with day to day support and organising required in keeping the

Nature of Enquiry




Advice & Information Info on External Services Info on WSREC Services Other

1595 5 67 26

94.2% 0.3% 4.0% 1.5%




Age Range



<17 18-24 25-29 30-44 45-59 60-64 >65 Not Disclosed

3 38 335 779 195 12 0 331

0.1% 2.2% 19.8% 46.0% 11.5% 0.7% 0.0% 19.6%








Cenral & Eastern European Scottish Indian Pakistani Other African Middle Eastern Chinese Not Disclosed English Caribbean Mixed Heritage Irish Bangladeshi Welsh

946 224 175 153 83 34 22 20 18 14 3 1 0 0 0

55.9% 13.2% 10.3% 9.0% 4.9% 2.0% 1.3% 1.2% 1.1% 0.8% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Central & Eastern European service users still dominate as per last year. Though the percentage has decreased slightly from 60.7% to 55.9%.




Advice and Information enquiries has risen to 94.2% from last years 90.6%.

Comment No change from last year. 30-44 age range still dominates with 46% compared to last years 42%.

Local Authority




Argyll & Bute East Ayrshire East Dunbartonshire East Renfrewshire Glasgow Inverclyde North Ayrshire North Lanarkshire Renfrewshire South Ayrshire South Lanarkshire West Dunbartonshire Outside West of Scotland Not Disclosed

0 0 0 34 1337 0 0 15 184 0 4 7 59 53

0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0% 79.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 10.9% 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 3.5% 3.1%




Most of our enquiries stil come from the Glasgow area making up a 79% of the total which is an increase over last years 68.7%. Also we have seen a rise in enquiries from Renfrewshire due to outreach surgeries in the area.





Male Female Not Disclosed

724 967 2

42.8% 57.1% 0.1%

There has been no significant changes on male/ female service users.








Yes No Not Disclosed

0 265 1428

0.7% 15.7% 84.3%




We note that the number of ‘not disclosed’ category has dropped slightly from 87.5% to 84.3%.

specific tasks required by project staff like helping to organise events, book venues, secure performers etc. Over the last couple of years WSREC’s IT systems have been upgraded and expanded to cater for the increasing number of projects. Our computer systems are all up to date and we have a central server with hot desking facilities so staff can access their user accounts from any PC they wish and emails can

allows WSREC to utilise their skills in assisting admin and project staff with the day to day running of the office. The help of all our colleagues including volunteers is greatly appreciated. Admin department

“In addition to the admin team, there is also a steady flow of volunteers throughout the year. Their commitment allows WSREC to utilise their skills in assisting admin and project staff with the day to day running of the office.” projects up and running and dealing with any issues they might have. The admin work involves mostly answering phones, keeping records of enquiry particulars, updating databases, carrying out any

also be accessed from outside the office. In addition to the admin team, there is also a steady flow of volunteers throughout the year. Their commitment

WSREC AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS (55) Active Life Club ACTSA Scotland African & Caribbean Network African & Caribbean Womens Association An Comhdail ASRA Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad Bellshill & District Citizens Advice Bureau Chinese Community Development Partnership Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Community Language Teaching Organisation Dixon Community Ethnic Minority Centre Drumchapel Citizens Advice Bureau East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau Eastern Christians Cultural Association Ethnic Minority Family Support Association GAP Childcare Services

Glasgow (Central) Citizens Advice Bureau Glasgow Association for Mental Health Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector Glasgow Jewish Representative Council Glasgow Quaker Meeting House Hindu Mandir Hindu Welfare And Cultural Association Immigration Advisory Service (Glasgow) Indian Graduate Society Larkfield Centre League of Jewish Women Madrassa Taleem-Ul-Islam Mel Milaap Day Care Centre Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau North Lanarkshire Muslim Womens and Family Alliance Oxfam Pakistan Co-op Society Pakistan Welfare Association Pakistani Womens Welfare Association (Glasgow)

Pollokshields Development Agency Punjabi Sahit Sabha (Glasgow) Scottish Asian Action Committee Scottish Lithuanian Community Scottish Minorities Scottish Pakistani Association Scottish Refugee Council The Pearce Institute Today’s Scotland UK Islamic Misson (Glasgow) Unity Enterprise Volunteer Centre Glasgow West Dunbartonshire Minority Ethnic Association Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Group Woodlands & Park Community Council Woodlands Education Trust Workers Education Association (Scotland) Zia Ul Quaran

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PROJECTS: THE GOOD COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROJECT (GCRP) The Good community Relations Project is resourced by the Scottish Government’s Race, Religion & Refugee Integration stream with the following 3 strands of work. • Tackling Religiously Motivated Crime amongst Young People: This initiative looks to challenge religiously motivated hate crime working interactively with young people from all communities to address fears and phobias of different religions and beliefs to combat religiously motivated crime. In particular this project looks to combat Islamaphobia and Anti-Semitism amongst indigenous Scottish young people and Christianaphobia amongst non-Christian young people. Key partners in this project are Strathclyde Police and representatives from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and

Sikh religious organisations and places of worship. The services of this project will be operate across the 12 local authorities in the West of Scotland. • Provision of Advice and Information to Central and Eastern European Migrant Worker Communities: This initiative provides migrant worker communities from Central and Eastern Europe residents in the Glasgow and Renfrewshire local authority areas with outreach advice and information on housing, employment, safety, learning, benefits and discrimination. • Increasing local civic participation amongst minority ethnic communities: This initiative works to increase awareness of and participation of minority ethnic communities in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, North

Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire in local civic structures such as community councils, trade unions and school boards.

“Project provided me with information about volunteering opportunities within my local area. Now not only I can help others but also build up practical skills for my CV”

The Project has worked in partnership with many organisations, vital to achieve the best service for our clients. One of the long term partners has been Renfrewshire Council which supported the project from the very beginning and benefited itself from direct access to new communities within Renfrewshire. Last year GCRP drop-in sessions were spread out within 3 local authorities:

Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. Barrhead surgery was possible to run thanks to additional funding from East Renfrewshire Council. Being able to offer our services in different parts of the city meant better access to the service for people who are not always able to travel to our office. In addition project provides advice surgeries for Lithuanian community thanks to our Lithuanian Support Worker Laura Malinauskaite. Last year Lithuanian clients were also invited to take part in an information session delivered by Edinburgh University Settlement Learning Centre (CLAN) at the Session they were introduced to ‘The Welcome Package’ which is free online mentoring tool/resource for migrant workers living in Scotland. GCRP apart from its advisory role aims to raise awareness among communities it serves. It is not uncommon for a project to come across a number of enquiries about hate crime and racial discrimination. In the previous year’s the project was involved in coordination of ‘Good Neighbours’ community drama

• Service provided outreach, telephone and email advice on housing, benefits, employment, learning, discrimination and safety. • Outreach surgeries were held in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire • Continuous partnership work with established partners and creating new cross -agency working links • Organised ‘Good Neighbours’

DVD launch to highlights issues of Hate Crime and promote Third Party Reporting. • Held an ‘Information Session’ for Lithuanian community in Glasgow • Assisted C2C project with annual community information event in Renfrewshire • Identified a gap in a service provision for victims of domestic abuse from migrant worker communities. It lead to development of sister project ‘Giving Support’.


MIGRANT ADVICE AND INFORMATION (GCRP) The Migrant Advice and Information strand has been running for 3 consecutive years. During this time it assisted with 1397 enquiries from Eastern European Migrant clients with advice and information provided on issues such as housing, benefits, education, employment, discrimination and safety.

Highlights from last year:

which was highlighting these issues and promoting ‘Third Party’ reporting, this a method of reporting incidents to the police through other organisations rather than directly to the police . Last year a DVD featuring ‘Good Neighbours’ drama was officially launched. The event invited a large audience of people from migrant communities in South of Glasgow and gave them a chance to discuss the matter with Strathclyde Police Officers. During the provision of advice and information for the project it became apparent that there were a number migrant females clients facing domestic abuse from their partners or expartners. GCRP Project by identifying that gap in the service provision was able to access additional funding from Safer Renfrewshire Partnership. That funding enabled us to start an additional development in the form of ‘Giving Support Project’. Joanna Wisniewska Development Officer

“Project Officer helped me to understand how some rules and legislations work in Scotland. It is sometimes so different from Poland and it’s good to turn to a person who can help me to understand”

“Project provided me with information about volunteering opportunities within my local area. Now not only I can help others but also build up practical skills for my CV”

QUOTES FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS (PARTNERS) “Yes, I think that it (the project) is an effective way to engage with the Polish community. I believe that within the community the word has spread about the service and together they helped out a lot of people. They have kept a lot of people off the poverty line. There seems to be a great deal of trust among the Polish community for the (development officer) and the works she does.”

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Through youth groups, schools, colleges and a number of faith communities, this project strand has continued to develop its work in tackling religiously motivated hate crime.

This past year has again seen the continued work of our Civic strand of the Good Community Relations Project to increase the number of minority ethnic individuals participating in civic life

A significant amount of work has been carried out with young people in weekly workshops. This has ranged from one off sessions to twelve week programmes. At the heart of every workshop are activities using various art forms, including theatrical and pictorial representations, where young people respond to different themes related to religious tensions. These are designed to encourage discussions between young people so that they will explore their attitudes towards different faith groups. Commenting on one particular activity, known as statues, a young person said it was their favourite part because “we were involved and we made it up ourselves”.

One of the workshops took place at the Glasgow Film Theatre as part of their Youth Film Festival. This partnership was a new development for the project and involved young people viewing the film Neukölln Unlimited - which follows the lives of three Lebanese siblings who have sought asylum in Germany - before participating in an interactive workshop. The feedback demonstrated that the event was considered to be both relevant and a contribution to the young people’s learning. One group’s response in particular emphasised the benefit of having topical films contextualised in this way. Altogether, 426 young people participated in the workshops over the past year. Nearly all of the young people surveyed stated that their understanding of people with different faiths had increased, as had their awareness of the myths surrounding people of faith.

in action what our faith mean to us as individuals.” WSREC successfully applied for a small grant to support this work and the group are now planning a number of events over the coming months. Relations with places of worship also continued to be developed and a series of Mosque visits in particular attracted much interest from youth and school groups alike. In addition to this, partnership work has continued with both the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and a number of voluntary sector organisations to coordinate a national youth interfaith conference. While this was postponed due to the weather in December, it will now take place in June this year. Another new development was a series of team building activities between different groups at Auchengillan outdoor centre. This type of initiative, along with the family work, will be central to the project’s work over the coming year.

Altogether, 426 young people participated in the workshops over the past year. Nearly all of the young people surveyed stated that their understanding of people with different faiths had increased as, had their awareness of the myths surrounding people of faith. Some of these groups focussed particularly on the story, music and work of Emmanuel Jal, the Sudanese child soldier turned rapper. Exploring his experience of - and response to - conflict between religious groups proved both informative and inspiring. As one young person commented, “it was a better way to find out info”. Another described it as “a really great experience”.

The family work that was initiated last year has come into fruition. This involved working with parents and children from Christian and Muslim faith backgrounds to explore both their beliefs and common questions together. It has now led to a women’s network of all faiths that meets on a regular basis. In their own words, “The reason for meeting is to build real relationships within our community and, at the same time, to understand and see

Finally, a research project was carried out, exploring young people’s attitudes towards ethnic groups in Glasgow. While its findings demonstrated there is still much work to be done, it also demonstrated the benefit of involving young people in the type of activities that this project organises. As one young person concluded, “I’ve changed my mind. The night, just talking about it. Just makes you think doesn’t it”. Ben Williams Development Officer


What is Civic life and What we Do? Civic life encompasses a variety of agencies which give people the opportunity to become active in decision making whether that is in their work, local area, child’s school or within their own community. It has long been recognised that by participating in civic society an individual can feel more involved and engaged making positive change and valuable contributions to their lives and the lives of others. We know from our work and research which has been done that minority ethnic communities in the West of Scotland remain underrepresented in civic society. The benefits we have seen since the project began in 2008 for individuals from a minority ethnic background participating

In October 2010 we held civic themed information day for the Nepali community of Glasgow which attracted in excess of 100 Nepali community members. This event included information stalls from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Glasgow Womens Aid, Glasgow Womens Library, Glasgow Credit Union, Positive Action in Housing and presentations from Glasgow Procurator Fiscals office, Glasgow Housing Association, Strathclyde Police and the Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau Immigration Clinic. We have also worked closely with the African communities in Renfrewshire during our Taste of Africa event in November 2010 and have seen a real desire for representation of the African communities. As a result of our work the Glasgow Nepali Association and Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire have been constituted and are now operational. In addition we are supporting the North Lanarkshire Muslim Women and Family Alliance to develop

in civic life include increased confidence, ability to build relations with neighbours and colleagues, better understanding of Scottish systems, empowered that their opinions matter.

its work and apply for charitable status plus we have supported a number of individuals to join civic groups with particular focus on joining political parties.

Our Successes During the 2010/11 period we have continued our work in disseminating information on civic participating and support individuals to become involved in civic activity. The project provided information to over 300 individuals and delivered information sessions to North Lanarkshire Muslim Women and Family Alliance, North Glasgow Framework for Dialogue Group, Gorbals Framework for Dialogue Group and Sri Mangala Vinayahar Community Centre and attended numerous events including the Southside Information Day.

Working Together As one of many projects being delivered by WSREC we often see value in lining together to enable our project services to be accessed by a wider audience. In 2011 our project linked with the Roma Youth Project to deliver a session on involvement in parent councils for Roma parents living in Govanhill, Glasgow. Project Development Worker Amal Azzudin facilitated the session with Roma Youth Project Development Officer Katarina Simonovicova to increase understanding of ‘Parent Councils’ and the benefit of becoming involved.

Through this joint working approach between projects the Roma Youth Project has now established a baseline from which she can further support Roma parents to become involved. What we have learned While we understand the importance of supporting and encouraging minority ethnic individuals to engage in civic life it is not for many people considered relevant or necessary at first. It is the process of catching people’s interests and then taking them through the process of gaining more information and eventually going to a group which can be difficult and time consuming. However, with these challenges we have learned that less is always more and while we can deliver information to a wide number there will only ever be a smaller number willing to participate and it is with this smaller number our project personnel can spend the time and resources required to make the person feel confident and able to participate in civic society.

The Future We still see a need to continue working with minority ethnic individuals on encouraging civic participation and in 2011-12 will continue our work in this area with the Polish and Lithuanian communities. We will also be using our end of project commissioned evaluation as a baseline to investigate ways of developing the project to enable more individuals to be engaged in civic activity.

Michael Wilson Development Officer

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council Ltd.




PROJECTS: ROMA YOUTH PROJECT The RYP project is funded for three years through Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project has been working continuously for 1.5 years to challenge misconceptions about Roma community and to support positive life changes for young people from a Central and Eastern European Roma background across the West of Scotland. The Project has already doubled its target numbers for information provision on local activities, signposting to an appropriate agencies and provision of information through roaming surgeries and there is still half a year to go until end of second year of the project! There has been number of ongoing difficulties with schooling of Roma children and young people (for instance high rate of truancy, significant underachievement, early school leavers) identified within first year of the project. RYP flexibly reacted upon and provided number of services. School support is provided on weekly basis directly during school lessons for Roma pupils with very limited English. Roma pupils of school leaving age are receiving with the help of the project mentoring support and encouragement with skills and career orientation once per week. Furthermore

“Roma Youth club for young people 11-16 years old receives ongoing staff and resource support. Young people had their input in anti-prejudice activities thanks to partnerships with Young Scot and Article 12 organisation. ”

RYP helped shape 5 week educational program which was aimed at stimulating Roma pupils who had interrupted attendance and low career awareness. A small number of parents became interested in joining local parent’s councils. Roma Youth club for young people 11-16 years old receives ongoing staff and resource support. Young people had their input in anti-prejudice activities thanks to partnerships with Young Scot and Article 12 organisation. A group of younger boys created a DVD, where they captured ‘how it feels to grow’ up in Govanhill as young Roma person. Rights for young Gypsy/Travellers were discussed as well. New partnership has been formed with Glasgow Life ‘Play Services’ to support new work with a Play group accommodated to meet needs of local Roma children. Play group for children aged 0-12 has shown to be very successful in numbers and more importantly loved by children. Subsequently program specifically tailored to the needs of Roma mothers and toddlers will start in May 2011. The Project was involved with local festivals both ‘Streetland’ and ‘Southside Festival’, where Roma culture was


positively promoted and opportunity for forming friendships between young people from different backgrounds was created. The Gipsy Rayner music band also receives ongoing support from the project. Additionaly on the top of project work, RYP was successful in obtaining resources to run with a 2 months dancing project called ‘United We dance’ for children 7-14 years old. This was very successful as the dancing activity supported integration within the area as children from different backgrounds enjoyed sessions of Streetdance and Bollywood dance. Final performances were held at the Christmas Party for Roma people and their friends what turned to very pleasant event with real Christmassy atmosphere of sharing fun, food and joy with friends. The project attracted 3 volunteers who assisted in clubs and schools and gained new skills for themselves in community work at the same time.

It was the third successful year for the Connecting to Communities Project (C2C) Successful partnerships continued and new partnerships were built. The project’s main aims are to increase the confidence and skills of minority ethnic communities by raising awareness of the community planning partners and for the communities to be given a fair chance to influence their local community planning process by identifying barriers

community orientated events and presentations on the community planning process. Equality and Diversity training was also provided to organisations such as Ethnic Enable, Stow College and the NHS Dental Practitioners. Hate Crime and third party training was also provided to communities that had very little or no knowledge on how to report hate crime. 2 such presentations were carried out to the South Indian communities in Crookston and Rutherglen.

Another example of partnership working was the Renfrewshire Community Planning Event which had been successful the year before and this event was to follow up the success and highlight further needs of the communities.

During many consultations with the community groups it has been identified that there is still much need of support required. More information needed on volunteering and employment opportunities and assistance required when understanding the benefits of using services. partners

“During 2010/2011 the project connected with existing such as NHS, Strathclyde Police, Renfrewshire Council Services and built new partnerships with organisations such as Stow College and Community and Safety Services and Integration Networks. ” to services and taking up a more active role in decision making policies. During 2010/2011 the project connected with existing partners such as NHS, Strathclyde Police, Renfrewshire Council Services and built new partnerships with organisations such as Stow College and Community and Safety Services and Integration Networks. As previously done the year before the project had a number of focus groups,

In October a Multicultural Festival was organised in partnership with Stow College and the event celebrated the diversity within the college. Community planning partners were invited to attend the event with information stalls. Music and entertainment was organised ranging from the Piping Hot Dhollies who are a team of bagpipe and dhol players to Gipsy Rayner – a young Slovakian band. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all those that attended on the day.

The project is also part of the Hate Crime Action Group meetings in Central and West Glasgow, Diversity and Equality in Renfrewshire Group and the Community Engagement Network in Inverclyde. In the coming year the project hopes to assist in training of volunteers for specific roles and also to reach out to other hard to reach communities in the West of Scotland. Ghzala Khan Development Officer

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PROJECTS: BIGOS Bigos Project, which began in December 2010, is named after a traditional Polish dish, cabbage and meat stew. Bigos is a healthy food preparation course organised by the WSREC in partnership with the Queens Cross Housing Association in Glasgow. The project is funded by the Community Food and Health Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s Hillhead Area Committee. It is also supported by Queens Cross Housing Association who provided in kind the venue and Chef. Since the start of the project, seven cookery classes have been delivered during which the participants have learned how to prepare healthy and interesting dishes on a reduced budget. The main aim of the project is to develop the understanding of Polish women of how to maintain a traditional diet using local fresh produce, as well as to introduce them to new cuisine dishes other than polish (i.e. Scottish, Indian, Chinese and Italian). The participants are Polish women, mostly mothers and grandmothers living in the area of Queens Cross and Maryhill, who spend the majority of their time at

home, looking after their children and grandchildren. As an organisation working to promote good community relations between people of all communities living in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, we think it is very important to reach out to females who become gradually isolated, as a result of spending most of their time looking after their homes and families, the language barrier and a general fear of an unknown environment. Through the cookery classes, which are run in English and interpreted into Polish, the participants get used to being in an English speaking environment, learn new vocabulary concerning cooking and eating and become familiar with food and products they have not used before. The project provides a friendly and stress-free environment, in which the participant can relax and learn new things. A mobile crèche is provided for the participants’ children and travelling costs reimbursed. Thanks to Ruby, the chef who works with us, and Angela Bialek from the Queens Cross Housing Association. Anita Lenyk Co-ordinating Officer Photos by: Jacek Kocan

“Thanks to Ruby, the chef who works with us, and Angela Bialek from the Queens Cross Housing Association.”

Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) is an organisation which champions the city’s unique architecture and built environment and to promote and encourage the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings. GCHT also provide grants of up to 40% towards the cost of repairs to individuals who own private or commercial property which is recognised as built heritage or situated in one of the 22 identified ‘Conservation Areas’ within Glasgow.

communities) and to guide individuals further on the grant application process offered by GCHT. 2 members of staff at WSREC took on the responsibility of the project. 600 Information leaflets were designed both in English and Chinese text. These were displayed and distributed amongst minority ethnic communities. Events were organised in key areas where minority ethnic communities reside and work within Glasgow’s 22 ‘conservation areas’

“600 Information leaflets were designed both in English and Chinese text. These were displayed and distributed amongst minority ethnic communities.” Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) commissioned a 6 month project to WSREC where the main aim was to raise awareness of recognised built heritage in Glasgow to minority ethnic communities (in particular the Chinese and South Asian

A total of 6 awareness raising events took place in various areas of Glasgow and 186 individuals attended these. Many of the individuals that attended the events enjoyed learning more

about historic buildings, identifying key conservation area’s and understanding the need to look after historic properties. Those attending had many questions regarding their own properties that were in conservation area’s and in need of repair. The main challenge for this project was the cancellation of 2 of the events due to severe weather conditions in December 2010 which were then organised again in January and February. Further assistance may be needed for these individuals for the grant application process which was made available from April 2011 onwards as language will still remain a barrier for individuals to fill in the enquiry form and go through the application process. Ghzala Khan and Suzanne Chong Development Officers

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PROJECTS: POSITIVE DIRECTIONS (PILOT) West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC) with partners Madrassa Taleem ul Islam and Strathclyde Police embarked on a ‘pilot’ named Positive Directions Project with the following aims:

and 2 trainings sessions with a total of 80 individuals attending. Marketing for these events included posters being designed for each and distributed in key geographical areas, targeting these communities.

• Muslim women have increased understanding of religious and social issues affecting the Muslim community

Feedback from participants who attended these events were that they ‘enjoyed learning more about different views points’; ‘were able to ask many questions’ regarding the media attention in relation to Islam & Muslims and ‘enjoyed the informal discussions on challenges Muslim women were facing in West’ within small group settings.

• Muslim women have increased communication abilities and capacity to impart their learning throughout the female Muslim community • Positive intergenerational dialogue between Muslim women and Muslim young people. • Increased participation of Muslim women in addressing community issues The following was undertaken to meet project aims and objectives: WSREC organised and distributed amongst minority ethnic communities 500 information leaflets. A total of 4 events were organised, 2 workshops

The first workshop was really well attended and well received by the 36 participants held at Madrassa Taleem ul Islam premises. This event was opened by Officer Clare Connelly from Strathclyde Police. From this event and further marketing the project attracted 12 female Muslim volunteers who were taken through WSREC training program of presentation and IT skills. Volunteers then prepared and delivered their own program by organising a second event which put capacity building into practice.


This event had 22 Muslim female participants attending who were provided with the presentation and information on the subject matter of Islamaphobia, Jihad and Hijab by these volunteers. The project successfully delivered two training sessions and two workshops on the key topics of Jihad; Hijab and Islamaphobia. The majority opinion feedback from workshops participants was that they were: how positive and interesting the presentations and workshops were presented; and how discussion allowed participants to share a wide range of opinions and views. In recognition of the volunteers the project took the opportunity to present certificates for the volunteers who completed capacity building programme. The pilot project evaluation suggests that the program was successful and that further work requires to be carried out to fully meet the aims of the initiative. Naseem Mohammed Development Officer

Through community planning events and focus groups held in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, it was highlighted that there was a need to raise awareness of services available in the area to Minority Ethnic Communities. Services such as Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime & Third Party Reporting were not being accessed and the focus groups held through Community Planning events in Renfrewshire also showed that individuals were keen to build upon existing skills and volunteer to give back into their communities. A grant application was submitted to Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Safer and Stronger’ Fund which was successful and as a result a six month project called ‘Giving Support’ commenced in October 2010. Development Officers Joanna Wisniewska and Ghzala Khan who were already working with some of the communities in Renfrewshire took on the responsibility of the project which was split into two main areas and Joanna Wisniewska took on the responsibility of recruiting and retaining

“The main challenge has been ongoing encouragement of the communities to make use of these services as they are sensitive subjects. Work would need to continue to break down myths and barriers to accessing these services.”

volunteers for domestic abuse and Ghzala Khan for hate crime. The main aims of the project were for Minority ethnic communities in Renfrewshire • To have increased confidence to access domestic abuse and hate crime support services • Individuals from minority ethnic communities obtained increased skills and capacity to support their peers experiencing domestic abuse or hate crime. Through positive recruitment and training the project has 4 volunteers who are giving support to victims of domestic abuse and they are based at Women and Children First, Paisley. Also 4 volunteers recruited who are providing support to communities on hate crime & third party reporting. These volunteers are based at the Wynd Centre in Paisley. The positive outcomes from this project have been capacity building of individuals who had not previously considered

volunteering as an opportunity to gain valuable experience and also for the project to continue after its six months completion date with the continuation of the services being provided to the communities. The main challenge has been ongoing encouragement of the communities to make use of these services as they are sensitive subjects. Work would need to continue to break down myths and barriers to accessing these services. Ghzala Khan Joanna Wisniewska Development Officers

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CONTRACT: CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL DIVERSITY SERVICES This is the third annual report for this contract as it was extended for one year and WSREC continued providing services to Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal across Strathclyde area. This year 9 milestones were agreed to be delivered by end of April 2011: 1. To assess and facilitate diversity awareness training that will assist the staff in the Departmental Enquiry Point (Departmental staff) 2. Research the demographics of the new migrant communities within the Strathclyde area. 3. Identify community groups working with the Asylum Seeker/Refugee community to enable COPFS staff to broker links with said groups. 4. Provide input into area diversity newsletters when required. 5. Provide advice on case related issues 6. Identify and facilitate diversity awareness training for specialist units (Deaths and Domestic Abuse) and broker local contacts between community groups and COPFS. 7. Assessment of the impact of the new equality Act 2010 and what Strathclyde areas are required to do to comply. 8. WSREC member of staff to attend the Area Diversity Team Meetings. 9. WSREC Chair and service Strathclyde Diversity Forum meetings The project met all targets set in the contract and final report submitted.

Following are a few examples of some the work undertaken

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Some questions were raised regarding statistics on the number of successful prosecution in race related cases and also the policy on religious symbols when attending court hearings. Figures were obtained for years 2003 to 2010 and forwarded to all participants of the meeting.

Prosecution and Diversity Services Helpline During 2010 WSREC provided 24 hour emergency services to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) staff on: practical advice and support, factual information, and appropriate referral during the investigation, precognition and prosecution of a case. The main objective was to empower the staff, to take control and choose courses of action for themselves in the course of processing cases that involve diverse community witnesses and victims e.g., diverse culture/ religion, gender, sexual orientation and the disabled. High Profile Case in Paisley A Male Sikh (on visitor visa) was attacked by 3 white youths in the Paisley Area and brutally murdered in September 2010. The case seemingly was the same scenario as the Chokkar case 8 years back. There was a huge concern within the community that racially motivated offences were not being effectively detected, prosecuted and sentenced. ME community was to be convinced that the things have improved within the COPFS provision since the Chokkar case. A meeting was held (29th October 2010) where prosecution procedures and work were explained to the community which helped to re-assure the community that

In relation to the religious/ceremonial knives information was received from Court Service which stated that knives in court are not permitted on the basis that the Court is a secure environment in which articles that might be used as a weapon cannot be permitted. It was through this work that COPFS liaised effectively with victims and next of kin that any issues were ascertained considered; discussed and appropriately resolved prior to those persons attendance at court. There was an effective and regular liaison with the deceased’s family and they were kept up-to date. A court building visit for the witnesses had also been considered prior to the case hearing. The case concluded successfully as three main accused all pleaded guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment at Edinburgh High Court on 19th January 2011. (Note: This successful community assurance work was short listed for COPFS Excellence Award on 27th April 2011)

More Improved Death and Bereavement Services for ME Communities To address the needs of diverse community in sudden and unexpected deaths the following was carried out:A focus group was formed comprised of the Death Unit Heads across Strathclyde and the Head of Fatalities and Investigation Unit (SFIU). A scoping exercise of local diverse groups who provide services for their communities were selected in order to build good working relationships with COPFS. Next we consulted and assessed relevant needs and concerns obtained through a questionnaire to 47 minority ethnic organisations across Strathclyde area. Responses to the questionnaire were collated and the ‘Community Issues Paper’ produced. A two way learning programme was held on 23rd March 2011 at Scottish Prosecution College, Glasgow with the main aim of establishing links between COPFS and the diverse local communities for regular contact and any future work plans being successfully achieved. Speakers from both COPFS and local ME communities provided presentation on the subject matter. Through positive community and COPFS staff involvement the event was successful in raising the awareness of issues which minority ethnic groups faced when a sudden or unexpected death

occurs. Some of the outcomes from this work are noted below:• Different faith community requirements in this regard have been identified and a paper produced for COPFS for consideration. • Some faith and culture groups have requirements for prompt burial and the avoidance of autopsy. Coroners in England and Wales were given the right 2 years ago to perform MRI scan in place of post mortems to speed up the process and release of the deceased’s body. However, in Scotland this matter remains to be addressed. It was strongly advised that this to be equally resolved in Scotland by all concerned including the Scottish Parliament. • To form increased and improved direct contacts between communities and COPFS • To Provide guidance for bereaved family and their representatives • To overcome perceived negative ideas and build community confidence in COPFS Services Equality Act 2010 and Cultural Awareness for COPFS Frontline Staff WSREC delivered 2 day cultural awareness programme for the COPFS’s ‘Enquiry Point’ staff. This training was delivered to functional staff linked to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The training outline included a deeper understanding of some of the key cultural differences and communication barriers

including diverse languages spoken, diverse naming systems and other cultural/religious aspects. As this is the first point of contact with COPFS for a victim, witness or a representative of the deceased requiring staff having a deeper understanding and also helpful in their continued professional development. This training was innovative, focussed and brief however, immensely effective for staff who cannot be released for longer sessions. Feedback received indicated that the session had enhanced the interpersonal communications of staff in relation to diverse services to ME communities. Equality and Diversity training ‘Challenges for Advocate Deputes’ The above training focussed on awareness raising and practical challenges for Advocate Deputes in court in relation to diverse community cases. Feedback from participants revealed that the training was highly appreciated. It is evident that with previous six year partnership work and the three year contract for Diversity Services totalling nine years WSREC’s assistance to Crown and Procurators Fiscals Services reflects a significant improved service to minority ethnic communities in the Strathclyde area. Bushra Iqbal MBE Diversity & Equality Adviser (Strategic)


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TASTE OF AFRICA IN RENFREWSHIRE 2010 Renfrewshire residents were treated to a Taste of Africa recently at Paisley Town Hall. Taste of Africa in Renfrewshire 2010 held on Sunday 21st of November showcased the culture, heritage and talents of Renfrewshire’s African residents.

This year’s event was organised with our partners at the Christ Apostolic Church and individuals from the local African communities. Funding was secured from Awards for All Scotland, Paisley Vision Board, Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Voluntary Action

“One of the highlights of this fun filled day was the African fashion show which gave attendants the opportunity to see some traditional and modern African fashions. Designers included Karibu, Happiness Kabatesi, Nyakio Ndungu and Miss Yetunde. Models looked stunning in their African attires with make up done by Kirsty Geddes, Elena Ramsay and Angela Mather.” This event builds on from the ‘Taste of Africa in Renfrewshire 2009’ event held in October 2009. Last years event hosted by WSREC and Karibu as part of the national Black History Month’s celebrations saw over 150 people attending and enjoying a display of African music, dance, singing and fashion which was topped off by an eclectic buffet of African dishes.

Fund, Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and the Co-operative Community Fund to support the running of the event. Opened by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and Pastor Damilola Aje of Christ Apostolic Church the event which was attended by over 350 people was a celebration of African culture, food, fashion, dancing and music. Attendees where treated to refreshments and given time to browse through the information stalls situated around the town hall which

apart from our own WSREC stall included Paisley South Housing Association, Renfrewshire Forum on Disability, Women and Children 1st, Rainbow Turtle, Paisley Central and West Community Council, and Skills Development Scotland. Other stall holders included the Reaching Out to Kenya, African and Caribbean Network, Fremu Shop, Jackies Jewels and Karibu. Children and some adults too had their faces painted by Lisa Good of allsmiles facepainting while the ladies were treated to beautiful Henna designs by Henna artist Saana Ikram.

first performance which was met with great applause. A North African input was delivered by Mishra who enthralled attendants with her traditional Egyptian dance performance

Attendants were entertained by the diverse group of performers which was opened by Gambian drummer Alasan Jobe and followed by Congolese musician Jetro. Dancing was provided by the Passionate Warriors and Ngom’Africa Dance. Passionate Warriors preformed at Taste of Africa in Renfrewshire 2009 and have had a busy year which included winning the Paisleys Got Talent competition at the West End Fair in May, group member Clementine Niyonkuru said “We are delighted to performing at Taste of Africa and share our Rwandan culture with our neighbours and friends through dancing”. Newly formed group Ngom’Africa were excited about their

One of the highlights of this fun filled day was the African fashion show which gave attendants the opportunity to see some traditional and modern African fashions. Designers included Karibu, Happiness Kabatesi, Nyakio Ndungu and Miss Yetunde. Models looked stunning in their African attires with make up done by Kirsty Geddes, Elena Ramsay and Angela Mather.

Contemporary artists RealA of Hectic Beats, Levis Albano, Mr Feasibility and Proud managed by Afillion gave a modern up tempo feel while the choirs of the Paisley Seven Day Adventist Church and the Day Spring Dominion Chapel Choir delivered calming performances of Amazing Grace and God is With Us.

At the end of the event a diverse African buffet was served by Karibu Scotland, an African womens group, and Camflava African Restaurant. Karibu delivered some new dishes to the people of Renfrewshire including ‘Sadza’ from

Zimbabwe, ‘Matoke’ from Uganda, ‘Falafel’ from Sudan and ‘Alloco’ from Côte d’Ivoire while Camflava prepared some well received deserts of ‘Crepe de Banae’ and ‘Beignets aux fruits exotiques’. Our event officers Belise Hategeka and Jay Muyanja commented that ‘We are overjoyed at how well the event has gone and would like to thank our funders, performers, stallholders, designers, models, caterers, the staff of Paisley Town Hall and most of all the people of Renfrewshire for supporting this event. We hope that this event will grow each year so all communities in Renfrewshire can have a taste of Africa’. Pastor Aje of the Christ Apostolic Church in Wellmeadow Street added his sentiments and congratulated all who took part in the event and said ‘we are working to build the African communities of Renfrewshire to have further events like this in the future and look forward to developing partnerships across Renfrewshire’ Further information about the event and photographs can be obtained by contacting West of Scotland Regional Equality Council on 0141 337 6626 or visiting www.wsrec.co.uk


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STUDENT PLACEMENT I am in my first month of a two month placement at WSREC, which started at the beginning of March 2011 as part of my BA in Community Education. I started my placement at another organisation and was unable to complete it due to personal circumstances. After what can only be deemed as a very difficult year for me, it fell upon the kindness of Mohammad Razaq to agree to allow the completion of my final placement within the West of Scotland REC. My placement work objectives are as follows: • Carry out research to source information concerning the South Asian community of Glasgow’s access to support whether it may be monetary or physical and gain a better understanding of issues which may influence accessing such resources. • Compile an activity programme


WSREC goes from strength to strength with partnership work. Since its establishment WSREC has seen partnership work with other organisations and groups, a vital area to realise its aim to develop ‘good community relations’.

to encourage learning and teamwork concerning Africa day for the Roma Youth Project. • Attend various events/ meetings to gain knowledge of issues concerning minority ethnic communities. • Assist staff in completion of any necessary tasks.

WSREC has continued to be represented in the following: -

During my first 3 weeks of placement I have carried out the following:

Metropolitan College, Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils, Glasgow Central Citizen Advice Bureau, Scottish Prison Service, Black Leaders Network

• Compile Research proposal and questionnaire • Gain an understanding of basic Administration Duties and induction training • Attended Death and Bereavement awareness event. And Everyone In Action meeting • Gained increased knowledge of issues concerning minority ethnic communities.

and worked with many organisations including Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police, Culture & Sport Glasgow, and North Glasgow, Govanhill and Pollokshields Integration Networks, Karibu, Madrassa Taleem ul Islam, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, GCVS, Young Woman

WSREC as an organisation in my eyes, epitomises what a well run community focused organisation should be. Of all the organisations I have worked for or visited, WSREC is the happiest and most confident in the work they fulfil.

During the year staff have through their work identified areas of concern or development for our clients and some of these are noted below:

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Through funding from the Scottish Government the secondment has developed the work of SAREC to a point where the organisation is now able to

look for resources to carry out joint initiatives between the members groups. The secondment has supported the administration, operations of the SAREC Board of Directors and supported the monitoring and evaluation process of SAREC funded work being delivered by the 4 Scottish REC’s. In addition the secondment has also supported ongoing research work with the Scottish Government on Employability and Ethnicity. With secondment continuing into 2011-12 we will be working hard to ensure the

Victim Support Renfrewshire, Business Gateway, ODS Consulting, FENIKSCounselling Service and Sikorski Polish Club and local authorities. Additional organisations that we have worked with this year are as follows: Lodging House Mission, Awazfm, Common Purpose, Communities Organisations for Racial Equality (CORE), Alpha Translating and Interpreting, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Queens Cross Housing AssociationChinese Community Development Project; Stow College and Amina Women’s Group From the above it can be seen the healthy working partnerships continued and more importantly new ones developed.


SCOTTISH ALLIANCE OF REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCILS As a founding member of the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC) WSREC has enjoyed a good working relationship with the 3 other RECs in Scotland. This relationship was cemented further this year with the secondment of WSREC staff member Michael Wilson as SAREC Strategic Development Officer.

Christian Association, Bridging the gap, Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell, Renfrewshire Council Department of Benefits & Revenue, Glasgow West Regeneration Agency, Ethnic Minority Advice Service, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Interfaith Council, Playbarn Youth Centre (Glasgow), East Renfrewshire Council, Depot Arts Youth Club, Anne Frank Trust, Paisley West & Central Community Council, Govan Central Tenants Association, Crosshill/ Govanhill Community Council, Scottish Health Council (NHS feedback forum), Govan Housing Association, Barrhead Housing Association, North Glasgow MARIM, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Cross Roads, Govanhill Youth Project, Glasgow Housing Association, (in particular Milton HA), Glasgow Central Mosque, Hindu Mandir, Maryhill, Irvine Drumchapel CAB’s, Renfrewshire Housing and Education Department, Job Centre Plus, Positive Action in Housing, Scottish Migrants Network, Careers Scotland,

continued sustainability of SAREC and its members to challenge the discrimination and inequality faced by Scotland’s diverse communities. Particular gratitude for support in this secondment goes to both SAREC’s chairs who have served during the secondment, Shami Khan and Philip Muinde and to the SAREC Board of Directors and colleagues at Central Scotland REC, Edinburgh and Lothian’s REC, Grampian REC and West of Scotland REC

Volunteering and minority ethnic communities It is well known and documented that volunteering by Minority ethnic communities is one of the lowest in Scotland. That the vast majority of minority ethnic voluntary sector is in its infancy in relation to having policies and procedures and appropriate mechanisms in place to support volunteers. Yet there is an acute need for volunteering to take place both for organisations and individuals. For the individuals the need to learn new skills and be job ready in this time of recession and for organisations who have to do more in providing the ever increasing demand on their services on reduced resources. Therefore WSREC will be looking at how it as an organisation can deal with this issue in the coming year.

Health and wellbeing the outdoors Through our work on ‘Glasgow Built Heritage and You project’ funded by Glasgow Built Heritage, it was identified that there is a huge under representation of visitors to historic Scotland sites by ethnic minority communities. Therefore a deficit exists in the appreciation of historic sites and the importance of this extremely important heritage. There are positive implications for health and well being in the outdoors that is being self denied by minority communities. WSREC would wish to approach this issue by highlighting the benefits of visiting these sites. Faith related issues With new legislation in place namely the Equality Act 2010, faith is one of the characteristics contained within it and an obligation on public agencies to have due regard to ‘foster good community relations’ within all communities. This very aspect requires a lot of work to dispel myths, misconceptions and

misunderstandings. We have recognised that there is gap in communication of the positive aspects of the faiths that can bring about greater understanding and good community relations in the longer term. WSREC wishes to explore how it can play its part in this area of work. Carers and disabilities This area was identified as an important area for minority community carers. It has come to the attention of staff that there are a large number of individuals who care for severely disabled members of their family. It was also evident that help and support for carers along with community attitudes towards accessing service was negative. WSREC will be looking to having a small piece of research carried out to ascertain the issues for this particular group and with the findings make approaches to mainstream carer supporting organisations in view to joint work.

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We ambitiously embarked on obtaining 2 quality standards, Investors in People (IIP) and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) ‘commitment to excellence award’. The Investors In People Standard is a framework for delivering organisational improvement through people. The Standard assists organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of its staff, board and volunteers. In relation to EFQM through its ‘Mutual Assessment’ approach, assists organisations to focus attention on the

No doubt this was challenging however, Staff and the Board of WSREC were determined to achieve and took on the task so that they could reap the benefits that the quality marks clearly offer. Not only did we achieve both awards we done this in style in relation to IIP as we

WSREC DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY TRAINING Diversity and Equality Training WSREC has for number of years provided and continues to provide this to the public, private and voluntary sector on the areas of equality legislation, cultural diversity, and religion and belief. Listed below are some of the organisations that have been recipients of our training during the year: 1. NHS Education for Scotland- West Dental practitioners 2. Stow College- Senior and Middle Management. 3. Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service- Advocate Deputes and Call Centre staff 4. Glasgow (Central) Citizen Advice Bureau- Staff and Volunteers 5. Glasgow Women’s Aid- Staff and Volunteers 6. Glasgow College of Nautical StudiesLecturers 7. Members of Equality Network Scotland Intersectionality Group 8. Ethnic Enable (Sep 2010)- Cultural Diversity Training 9. WSREC affiliated OrganisationsEquality Act 2010 10. Malayalam Community-Hate Crime and Third Party Reporting

After WSREC’s successful first Board of Directors and Staff ‘Away Day 2009’ it was no surprise that the ‘AWAY DAY’ in April 2010 was even better.

mechanisms it has in place to deliver its strategy. With support from the Council for Minority Ethnic Organisation (CEMVO) WSREC and its staff/board team assessed its implementation capabilities through structured techniques and models, found external references and benchmarks, and completed all set milestones on the journey of improvement for all its stakeholders.

Professional Practices in Racial Equality in the West of Scotland As well as Diversity and Equality Training work WSREC has provided educational course ‘Professional Practices in Racial Equality in the West of Scotland’ in partnership with University of the West of Scotland for more than a decade. This has been a very successful partnership over this time with almost 500 Grandaunts acquiring the certificate for this course, sadly this has now come to and end. It was felt that the course had met its objectives and that the landscape had moved from a focus on race to all equalities.

Out of the attendance was 20 at the event 12 were members of staff; 8 Board of Directors plus the 2 facilitators’ on the first go achieved a Bronze award which is normally the second stage goal for many organisations once they have the ordinary award. !!!!!Well done!!!!! to all staff, volunteers and Board of Directors for this excellent achievement .

The purpose of the day had 4 aims and objectives: 1. Team Building: providing opportunities for the Directors and staff to get to know each other better and to work together on the following key issues 2. New legislative Implications for WSREC: a presentation was made to provide the coming into force the Equality Act 2010 and how this would impact on Public agencies and the role of WSREC.

3. Ensuring Good Governance: to strengthen the governance of WSREC by the Board of Directors. To fully imbed into Directors their obligations and responsibility of being a Director. 4. Identify Gaps in Service Provision: to allow the exploration of ideas and thoughts on perceived and actual gaps in service in relation to equality as it affect minority ethnic communities and individuals whether employment or service delivery..

For Staff • Gaps in service to be put into a report • Identify key partners: Revise key network partners document • Identify possible funders • Look at sustainability of existing staff contracts • Organise annual social event between staff and Board • Review of Health and Safety Issues including lack of disabled access to office and poor facilities in toilets

At the end of the day the following were the actions point agreed.

Feedback from all attendees was very positive and everyone felt that they had achieved the aims and objectives of the day.

For Board of Directors • Review of Conflict of Interest for ALL Board members • Enhanced engagement between Board of Directors and Staff • Review of Committees • Understand Implications of Equality Act 2010 for WSREC as an employer

Thanks go to Shirley Otto Consultant and Norman Chipakupaku of CEMVO for facilitating the day and of course our own Bushra Iqbal for providing her insight in relation to legislative implications for WSREC.

TRIBUTE TO MR O P KHANNA 1936 – 2010 The Board of Directors and Staff would like to pay their sincere tribute to Mr Khanna a fellow Director who passed away in November 2010, a very sincere dedicated worker and well-known person amongst all communities. In particular he was known for his love of Urdu poetry and his sense of humour; he took great delight in telling jokes and reciting poetry to anybody who would listen. Mr OP Khanna first Joined WSREC’s Board of Directors in 2004 after his

retirement as the Director of Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre, he was actively engaged in serving the communities in the field of equalities and faith and gave full commitment and energy. During his time as a member he served, as the treasurer, vice chair, and as a chairperson of WSREC between February and July 2006 as the treasurer he made exceptional and immense contributions, in many different ways, for the progress of our organisation. He gained the respect and certainly the

affection from everyone here at WSREC we owe him a great gratitude and he will be greatly missed by WSREC. O P Khanna MBE

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