Our former clients

EMPOWER is the black and ethnic minority led EQUAL Scottish partnership (an EU transnational programme). The Scottish Unemployed Voluntary Action Fund Ethnic Minorities Grant Scheme is a major catalyst of capacity building in the black and minority ethnic sector in Scotland. CHE is working in partnership with both funders to develop Training for Transformation capacity building work.

EQUAL Theme B is a Minority Ethnic led Partnership and aims at promoting, developing and implementing new ways of combating racism and xenophobia in the labour market through different innovative approaches applied locally, nationally and Europe. It also aims at providing opportunities to promote economic and social potential for ethnic minorities. Partners include:

Meridian Black and Ethnic Minority Women’s Information and Resource Centre (Glasgow) Lead partner

Black Community Development Project (BCDP) Edinburgh.

Skillnet Edinburgh

Black Environment Network (BEN) Edinburgh

Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) Edinburgh

Innovative Social Project (ISOP) based in Graze, Austria

World Culture in Focus, The National Museum of World Culture and Advantage Gutenberg in Sweden

The Centre for Human Ecology’s specific contribution to the partnership:

Our contribution concerns the Capacity Building strand of the partnership, especially in relation to grassroots people whose involvement in their community may be a stepping-stone towards employment. Our aims within thepartnership are to:

identify EM role models in Scotland and work in partnership with the BBC Scotland to broadcast their stories; (5 to 10 narratives to be broadcast every year);

work closely with our partner RE:generate to make sure that Black and Ethnic Minority people are part of the Listening Matters process in communities;

identify and train people from EM background to become TfT facilitators

deliver further training events with EM grassroots groups that will have completed Training for Transformation and help them develop projects in their community.

carry out research on how successful white community development organisations involve black and minority ethnic people in their activities re empowerment, active citizenship etc.

disseminate the CEP approach to other Community Development organisations, Local Authorities, the Scottish Executive etc.;

act as an on-going resource to EQUAL, sharing CHE’s body of knowledge in relation to the roots of prejudice, issues of Scottish identity and belonging, grassroots activism and the wider field of sustainable development.