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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

February 13th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


British Muslim Civil Society Report Launch

The British Muslim Civil Society Report 2023 launch took place in January in Parliament, to a very packed committee room with cross-party parliamentarians, faith leaders and colleagues from civil society. It was so heartening to see everyone’s enthusiasm and support for what has been described as a 'much awaited initiative' offering a shared sense of direction for Muslim civil society. 

Click here to watch the 2-minute highlights, and a digital download of the report can be accessed from here:

Research project exploring motivators for Covid-19 vaccination and immunizations in Black African and Black African Caribbean communities

Dr Pearson Nkhoma, a lecturer in community studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, is conducting a research project exploring motivators for Covid-19 vaccination and immunizations in Black African and Black African Caribbean communities in the boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, and Barking & Dagenham. The study has been commissioned by NHS England.

They invite you to participate in a focus group discussion to hear your opinions and experiences. The focus group will take place towards the end of February. The date and location will be confirmed. 

 Anyone, whether vaccinated or not, is free to participate. They will provide refreshments during the focus groups and reimburse transport costs to and from the venue. Participants will also be compensated for their time with a £20 voucher of their choice. 

Those who would like to participate in this study, please get in touch at or 07826 590084.

Have you been affected by the Windrush Scandal?

UCL is looking for 20 families affected by Windrush to try to understand how the Windrush Scandal has affected the mental health of Black communities in the UK. If you are 16-25 years old and from a Black Caribbean background, you could have the opportunity to work with photographer Brunel Johnson, and use photography to tell your story about how Windrush has affected our community. Follow this link to register and find out more:


Events and Opportunities

Migrant Advice and Support Fund 

The Mayor of London has launched a new grants programme for organisations providing specialist advice and/or holistic support to migrant Londoners. Grants are available between £10,000 to £30,000 for single organisations, and up to £70,000 for partnerships. Funding is for an initial 6 months of activity, with possibility of extension for a further 6 months.

Applications from partnerships are particularly encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from organisations led by-and-for racialised and/or migrant communities, as well as organisations that can demonstrate reach among migrant groups that are currently underserved by existing advice and support provision.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th February 2023

 Q&A session:

·        Thursday 16 February, 10-11am

 Full information can be found at the grant webpage: Migrant Advice and Support Fund | London City Hall

NFP Workshops for Charities

NFP are running a series of affordable workshops for charities, with multiple dates available. The topics they cover are:

  • Bid writing

  • Trust Fundraising

  • Major Donor Fundraising

  • Corporate Fundraising

  • Legacy Fundraising

  • Fundraising Regulations and GDPR

  • Introduction to Fundraising

  • Managing Staff

  • Project Management

  • Charity Finance

  • Recruiting and Managing Volunteers

For more information and to book, please visit their website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Community Leadership Development Programme

Over the last couple of years, the Lloyds Bank Foundation have been talking to Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic leaders in the criminal justice sector about how they can support more leaders to raise their voice and influence change.

On the back of those conversations and in partnership with Barrow Cadbury Trust, they have launched a tender for the development and delivery of a pilot leadership programme. The programme is specifically aimed at Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic leaders of voluntary and community organisations supporting people in, or at risk of getting caught up in, the criminal justice system.     

Informed by conversations with leaders of Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic led charities, the pilot will aim to give organisations the tools to have their voices heard in the national policy debate, build personal and organisational resilience and develop networks with other criminal justice leaders.   

 Full details are available here.

The application process consists of two stages. The deadline for the first stage is 5pm 27th March, with the preferred supplier appointed at the end of June.   

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