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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

February 27th, 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.


Police Contact and Accountability Report

A new report from the charity Inquest has found that Black people are seven times more likely to die than White people following the use of restraint by police. Accountability for racism in the deaths of Black people after police contact is ‘not fit for purpose’.

Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic carers

Many Black, Asian and minority ethnic unpaid carers don't recognise themselves as carers; and some languages lack a distinct word for ‘carer’. It’s vital that services are inclusive to ensure that carers can get support. The Race Equality Foundation participated in the advisory group for Carers UK to help produce this good practice guide briefing on how to offer inclusive support.

Carers good practice briefing

End Violence Against Women latest Snapshot report

End Violence Against Women's latest Snapshot report contains key recommendations to end and prevent violence against women and girls - from public attitude campaigns to holding accountable the tech companies that promote and profit from misogynistic content. It highlights the need for investment in prevention and support services, particularly for specialist support services, including those led by and for Black and minoritised women and marginalised survivors of abuse, which continue to face chronic underfunding amid rising costs of running their services.

Find out more

Events and Opportunities

Locality have funding!

Locality have launched a new grant programme for their members who are helping people cope with the cost of living crisis.

Thanks to generous donations through the Guardian and Observer charity appeal, we’re now able to offer grants of £10,000 to eligible organisations.

Organisations will need to be a Locality Essentials or Membership Plus member, or a member of DTA Scotland, DTNI or DTA Wales to apply. They also need to:

  • have a turnover under £500k a year,

  • employ staff,

  • deliver services to support people affected by rising costs over the last year


  • be working in an area in the lower two IMD deciles, OR

  • be supporting racially minoritised communities.

Find out more here.

FUNDING | Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Specialist Programme DEADLINE Friday 3 March 2023

Unrestricted, core funding grants of up to £75,000 over 3 years are now available from the Lloyds Bank Foundation's Specialist Programme.

This programme is designed to support small specialist charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £500,000 that work with people to help them overcome complex issues. The focus for this programme is on supporting charities which specialise in providing frontline services in one of the following eight areas;

  • addiction

  • asylum seekers and refugees

  • care leavers

  • domestic abuse

  • homelessness

  • offending

  • sexual abuse and exploitation

  • trafficking and modern slavery

Applicants must registered as a charity or as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) with the Charity Commission. The great thing about the funder is that they also provide access to a wide range of organisational development support over the period of their grant.

DEADLINE 5pm Friday 3 March 2023

Apply now


THE TROVE MARKET is about bringing people together, facilitating a range of FREE activities and providing a platform for entrepreneurs of all ages.

Join us for a fun day in the park!


Toddler music time= 11-11:45am

Drumming workshop= 12-1pm

Multi-sports= 1-2pm


-Art workshops

-Face painting 

-Card making


-Jewellery making

-Crocheting tutorials & pom-pom making

There will also be great stalls & tasty food!

🗓: Saturday 4th March 

📍: Lordship Recreation Ground, N17 6NU

⏰: 11:00am-4:00pm

Windrush 75: Artist Commission

To mark the 75th anniversary of Windrush on 22 June, we have launched an opportunity to deliver an artist commission that will commemorate and celebrate the anniversary in Waltham Forest. Windrush communities are an integral part of our cultural identity in Waltham Forest, and they have contributed to and shaped our Borough in many ways. This commission should celebrate this while also creating a deeper understanding of the histories of local Windrush communities.

We welcome a wide range of creative proposals; some examples might be: a film, photography or heritage project exploring the history of Windrush communities in Waltham Forest, an exhibition, event or live performance, taking place in a public space or local venue.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 5 March.

Read more

Fellowship Square: Arts and Culture Grants

Fellowship Square is a much-loved community space at the heart of Waltham Forest, a place to bring people together and celebrate the diversity of our borough. This Summer we are inviting local organisations, artists, and community groups to deliver an exciting programme of arts and cultural activities in the Square. 

Applicants can bid for sums of between £5,000 and £15,000, for delivery of events that take place between June and September 2023. This could be a cultural festival, installations, workshops or live events. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 March.

Read more

Early Intervention

Providing effective early intervention means providing support that works for all families. But we don't know enough about how best to address some of the persistent disparities in outcomes that we see among many UK minority ethnic groups. The Race Equality Foundation has been working with the Early Intervention Foundation and Action for Children on a project to extend our understanding of minority ethnic families' experiences and how local services are evolving. Read more about the project here.

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Anti-Racist Action In Arts and Wellbeing: Exploring Health Inequalities Roundtable. Join us for a free online event, designed and delivered by the Race Equality Foundation, exploring health inequalities and the experience of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities. 

Date: Thursday 9th March 2023, 10am - 12pm GMT

Register here

The National LGBT Partnership have just launched their LBT+ Women's Health Week calendar of events. LBT+ Women's Health Week will be running 6th-10th March this year and there are a variety of events for women, femme-aligned people and professionals who wish to learn more about LBT+ sexual and reproductive health.

Find out more

Spokesperson Training Programme 

Be part of a movement to put lived experience at the heart of media conversations.

In every community there are people with lived experience of the big health and social issues facing the UK today; from homelessness to modern slavery, domestic abuse to gang violence. Their insights could identify solutions and create lasting change. We want to see a society where lived experience leaders are at the forefront of public conversation, policy and social change.
Sounddelivery Media's practical training programme returns for its third year. Developed collaboratively with a network of leaders with lived experience, this eight month training programme is for community leaders to amplify your experiences and expertise with purpose and power. It aims to diversify the voices we hear in the media to make it more representative of the society we live in. And aims to build the confidence of our network to influence policy and practice. 

Successful participants will be united in using their lived experience to create a positive change in and for their communities.

Applications are now open and will close at 12pm Friday 24th March 2023. 

More information can be found here

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Transform your financial wellbeing through sisterhood

Our Financial Ease Legacy is a compassionate inquiry for Black women, exploring ways to create lasting financial ease in our lives and communities. Hosted by Lola Odunsi, this journey centres peer learning, supporting you to cultivate financial wellbeing aligned with your values in a supportive sisterhood. Bursaries are available for members of the Ubele community.

Application deadline: 15/3/23

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