The West Midlands has a rich and diverse population. The intersectionality of different equality characteristics leads to different social groups residing in some of the most deprived areas in the region experiencing social exclusion and unequal treatment. Funding resources are not equitably distributed to address differing needs and challenges. The impact of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter has heightened the attention of society and many institutions to the continued structural inequalities.
The focus of this year’s conference will reflect on, explore and strengthen progress by funders on their organisational journey towards improving their response to inequality, exclusion and diversity in the West Midlands. Funders operating in the region are encouraged to participate but also this can’t rely on just on funders alone. Public sector bodies and voluntary and community sector infrastructure bodies operating in the West Midlands are also encouraged to join the conference, so that a collaborative momentum on diversity, equality, equity and inclusion can be taken forward.
About the conference
The conference will run online over 2 days, with 4 main sessions. There is also an additional session that focuses on anti-racist approaches to funding.
9th June 2021:
10.00 – 11.30 Session 1: Presentation and breakout discussion
Unpicking and understanding the terms diversity, equity, equality and inclusion and its importance to the role, approach and work of funders. Sharing experience of taking forward DEI policy and practice.
15.30 – 17.00 Session 2: Panel presentations and discussion
Understanding the West Midlands context of deprivation through a DEEI lens; where funding and resources are being allocated, and barriers and challenges of civil society and the VCS in accessing funding and resources. Using data and evidence to help inform your organisational DEEI journey.
10th June 2021
11.00 – 14.00 Session 3 and 4: Presentation, breakout practice development discussion
Using different tools and resources to enable funders to use a DEEI lens in strengthening their grant making priorities and refining their approach. Developing a supportive organisational culture that embeds effective funding practice, more inclusive systems and better representation.
A specific session on anti-racist approaches to funding will be delivered by Brap on 9th June 1.30pm – 2.30pm – The session will be facilitated by Asif Afridi and Joy Warmington from brap.
Are we there yet ? Exploring what it means to be an anti-racist funder.
This short discursive session will explore the journey of current approaches to improving funding fairness and the creation of anti-racist approaches to improve how funding is allocated and used. Although many of us would like to be an advocate for anti-racism – what does this mean in funding terms and what do we need to do to get there ?
As you can expect, we have an exciting range of contributors: Fozia Ifran, Chair and founder of the DEI Coalition; Joy Warmington, CEO and Asif Afridi, Deputy CEO Brap; Dave Rogers, CE, Midland Mencap; Professor Anne Green, City REDI, Karen Saunders, Midlands Health Inequalities Unit PHE; Austin Rodriguez, Solihull MBC, Head of Stronger Communities; Stuart Ashmore, Deputy CEO, SCVO; Sarah Newell, Delivery Manager, Warwickshire CAVA; Max Rutherford, Head of Policy, Association of Charitable Foundations
WMFN members – FREE
Non Members – £25 per person
Once booked, you are welcome to attend all sessions, but can also choose to attend 1 or 2 if that better suits your interest and availability.
More than one person from your organisation may attend if it is relevant to their role. The fee applies per person, so all attendees should book individually.
To book: EVENTBRITE
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