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Government support for Black voluntary and community organisations - 1 April 2009

Five regional events are being run as part of the REACH programme, aimed specifically at helping Black-led voluntary and community sector organisations.

These events form part of the REACH programme - and are one part of a package of measures aimed at countering a culture of low aspirations and low attainment amongst some Black boys and young Black men. The actions are in response to the independent REACH report which highlighted the barriers that are preventing some Black boys from fulfilling their full potential. Each event will explore what more central Government can do to support Black Voluntary and other community organisations that may be facing barriers to accessing funding or who are struggling to expand their work, and how organisations can join up in order to have more scope and influence.

Following the first event in London the four events will be in the following cities:

* Bristol (1 April),
* Nottingham (3 April),
* Manchester (21 April)
* Birmingham (22 April).

These events will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with organisations with similar aims and objectives, as well as representatives from organisations who support infrastructure building in voluntary organisations and those who commission services and provide funding. Participants will get the chance to share best practice, get tips on how to access funding and also influence central Government thinking.

More information can be found on the web at or by getting in touch with their events team at