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New RADAR initiative seeks programme members

RADAR's Stephen Springer meeting with OBV's Francine Fernandes

A new initiative is seeking to give young people from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background – suffering with an injury, ill health, or a disability – the opportunity to take part in a programme which will equip them to take up leadership roles in the future, has secured funding to continue the good work.

The programme is now looking for young people between the ages of 18-25 to take part and is currently taking applications.

RADAR, building on work undertaken with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, will be selecting individuals to take part in the scheme which offers the chance for personal development and skill training sessions.

RADAR is seeking individuals from a BME background to take part in this initiative to tackle head on the under-representation of BME people with disabilities in management and leadership roles. It is hoped that by providing individuals with the chance to take part in this scheme, participants will feel encouraged supported and inspired to go on and seek out leadership roles.

Having secured funding from the City Bridge Trust, part of the scheme will give participants a unique opportunity to learn from inspirational speakers, professional coaches, and diversity and employment consultants. The scheme will also enable them to learn from the experiences of people with disabilities who have taken up leadership roles and the challenges they might face.

This is an opportunity that could prove to be a crucial platform for future success for those taking party.

Stephen Springer MBE speaking about the opportunity said:

“I am looking forward to RADAR and OBV establishing a strong relationship to create and deliver opportunities for young disabled people especially those from the BME community.”

Francine Fernandes head of shadowing schemes explained:

“Operation Black Vote are pleased to be supporting the RADAR leadership event. There is a wealth of talent and aspiring activists [in our communities] and this important leadership course will help nurture a wave of future civic BME leaders.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact either Stephen Springer or Shuhena Khatun by e-mail:
Stephen.Springer@radar.org.uk / SKhatun@radar.org.uk and quote OBV.

By Richard Sudan

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