RES has employed an FGM Development Worker to work with communities that are affected by the practice of FGM.
Over the next 2 months will be focussing on:
- A scoping activity to identify the demography of where practicing communities reside in Sandwell.
- Setting up coffee mornings and to engage with affected communities.
Stephen Lawrence was a well mannered adolescent citizen of the UK with a bright future ahead of him. 25 years ago Stephen and his friend Dwayne were waiting at the bus stop for the 122 bus in London. They were interrupted by a gang of Caucasian boys on the other side of the road who shouted out offensive racist words to Stephen and his friend. Stephen then was attacked by the group and stabbed to death with a knife. The close family members and friends battled the police and UK law for justice. The process of the police investigation was full of racial prejudice and inappropriate practice that led to
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The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act combines nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality. The Act aims to make current quality law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer. Implementation of the majority of the Equality Act began on 1st October 2010. However, a number of provisions have been deferred (dual discrimination provisions, public sector equality duty, gender pay transparency and diversity data for political parties) and it is not clear whether they will be implemented in the future or not. The Act applies to all organisations that provide a service to the public or a section of the public (service providers). It also applies to anyone who sells goods or provides facilities. It applies to all such services, whether or not a charge is made for them.
Rights & Equality Sandwell encompasses the Equality Act within every aspect of work life whether that includes dealing with cases, talking to clients, through to ensuring that the members of staff receive equal support and opportunities in their daily work life. The Equality Act helps RES to ignite and strengthen equality between different members of the community through the work that they deliver to the public as well as ensuring acceptance and belonging in the services they provide to the public.
More than 50 years ago Malcolm X visited Marshal Street in Smethwick, following strong opposition from the local community to the rise in number of Black and Asian people who were moving into the area. Local house wives were lobbying the council to buy up all the houses to stop the new immigrants moving in and bigoted MP’s were using derogatory statements to whip up a frenzied resistance to the natural course of community evolution. In those days a person was not judged by their intellect or by the skills they possessed, but simply by the colour of their skin.
How times have changed and we have moved on. The Sandwell of today is more diverse both culturally and ethnically and a lot better off it.
We must hold onto our achievements in the community relations obtained over many years at a high cost of countless people. It is far too easy to forget our hard fought for rights simply because of complacency.
Tension monitoring group
The tension monitoring group exists to map tensions that pose a threat to community relations and to advise, support and make recommendations that support the management of critical incidents including resilience. Membership of the group is fluid to reflect the tensions or issues discussed at the time. RES currently chairs this group and is supported by the communities unit in carrying out this function.
Anyone who recognises any possible tension in Sandwell please feel free to raise this with us, or complete the Tension Monitoring Report Form and send it to the address given.
Our contact details can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Have you been attacked, bullied, belittled or threatened by someone close to you? Are you afraid or ashamed of what is happening to you at home? Domestic abuse is not just physical; it can be mental, emotional, verbal, financial or sexual. If you are experiencing any of these, you are not alone, you are not to blame and there is support available for you.
Victims of domestic violence are being urged to contact Sandwell’s 24 hour support line 08453597525.
With an incident of domestic violence taking place in the UK every six to twenty seconds and the police receiving a call every minute victims are being urged to seek help and not suffer alone.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of culture, race or religion so if you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Abuse, there is much support available in Sandwell, do not suffer alone. If you have recently moved to this country and feel that you need help because you are experiencing Domestic Abuse please call one of the numbers below where you can talk to understanding and friendly professionals in confidence. If you need an interpreter, e.g. Punjabi or Polish. Sandwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse will be able to support you with this.
SOADA (Sandwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse) provides a coordinated, multi-agency response to domestic abuse. It acknowledges that numerous agencies have a role to play in supporting families experiencing domestic violence. The team includes staff from a range of agencies, such as the police, housing, Sandwell Women’s Aid, health, education and legal services. They also link with agencies including maternity services, accident and emergency services, mental health and probation.
SOADA aims to ensure access to supportive and safe accommodation for vulnerable victims and their children. It works to reduce the impact of domestic violence on children and provides training for agencies and the community. It provides a 24-hour telephone helpline, accommodation advice, referrals to other agencies and a solicitor’s surgery. Support workers explain options to their clients and put together an individual service plan to address that client’s particular needs. The support available is tailored to suit the individual needing help.
SOADA – 0845 3597525 (24 hours)
(Sadndwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse)
Referral and Assessment Team – 0845 351 0131
Head 2 Head – 0121 612 1803
Sandwell Women’s Aid – 01215526448
Humdard – Humdard (24 hours)
(Domestic Abuse Helpline For Asian Women)
Victim Support – 0121 569 7980
Sandwell Women’s Agency Network – 0121 553 7074