COMMUNITY SAFETY THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We were the first organisation to set up a common system for monitoring racial incidents in Nottinghamshire in 1988, this system is still in place. This involved working with a broad cross-section of voluntary and statutory sector organisations in Nottinghamshire. More recently we have been involved in setting up Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels in Northamptonshire and London. These brought together organisations representing the interests of people with all protected characteristics. In order to set these panels up we worked with people possessing all protected characteristics who often had competing interests. Sankofa formed partnerships with a range of equality groups from all protected groups to represent their interests, many of these were hard to reach communities.

Sankofa also developed and maintained a national database of all voluntary and statutory equality organisations this was essential for research and communication with groups throughout the UK.

We put in place structure plans for communications and governance including: memorandum and articles of association, standing orders, policies and procedures and corporate governance policies and dispute resolution procedures. We were responsible for training Board members including ensuring that they were aware of their statutory obligations.

Sankofa has extensive experience of working with voluntary and community groups on issues such as: religion, race, disability, mental health, gender, gender reassignment, marital status/civil partnership, sexual orientation, religion and belief. We set up a number of Youth Groups including Cultural Activities and Enterprise for Youth in order to create educational and employment opportunities for individuals with protected characteristics.

We have designed and delivered a number of positive action career development programmes for organsiations such as: Nottingham City Council, Nottingham County Council, Department of Work and Pensions, London Borough of Haringey and Birmingham City Council. Sankofa has been at the forefront of organisational knowledge on equality diversity and human rights so they can lead this work. For example, we delivered training on equality and diversity for University of Leicester participants on the LLM in employment law.

Diversity Strategies/Equality Schemes
Support for the development of Diversity Strategies; individual Race, Disability, Gender and LGBT [sexual orientation and transgender] Equality Schemes as well as combined Equality Schemes addressing all protected characteristics; and/or Action Plans in a range of organisations – including central and local government, public authorities and third sector organisations.

Development of Equality Strategy
Development of an Equality Strategy for a national government urban regeneration programme across 20 locations following widespread consultation with stakeholders and supported by subsequent training.

Development of Equality Strategy and Code of Practice
Development of strategy for implementation of the Equality Policy of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales and the production of the first Equality Code of Practice for Chambers following consultation across the profession. The Code sets out principles and procedures for good practice with particular reference to the recruitment, selection and allocation of work for pupils and barristers.

Experience of working with all sectors of the community in particular those with protected characteristics including people living in poverty
We have carried out some interesting work with people that have protected characteristics, for example we worked for several years with predominately female victims of domestic violence looking at how we could improve service delivery to them. Sankofa has also worked with individuals who have faced discrimination in employment due to their martial or and civil partnership status. We worked with LGBT communities (and voluntary sector organisations such as the Terrance Higgins Trust, a:genda the Beaumont Society) on a national review of homophobic crime and made recommendations as to how the CJS and other agencies could improve detection and conviction rates. We spent a number of years working with a range of disabled individuals and continue to provide services for those suffering from mental illness and with dyslexia. We jointly carried out a national review of disability hate crime and engaged with a range of organisations in order to improve support to disabled victims of hate crime. In terms of young people, we set up a project focused on those people with low pay and poor job prospects in inner city areas, using innovative approaches to social care we were successful in widening participation in education and increasing the employment opportunities for these people.

Experience of working with the public sector
We have over 26 years experience of working in the public sector this has included experience of working with both local and central government and non-departmental public bodies. Our experience of working with volunteers and voluntary organisations

We have set up a number of voluntary organisations and we have been responsible for leading their development and establishing their corporate structures, management committees and fundraising plans. Examples include Cultural Activities and Enterprise for Youth, FACEY, Gaining Ground Development Trust, Fanon Foundation, Association of Multicultural Arts and Business (AMAB) and Greenwich Mindworks.

Our experience of developing community engagement
We set up community engagement panels across the UK, often working with the most difficult to reach communities. This included assessing community engagement processes and ensuring that the structures were in place to ensure that effective community engagement takes place.

Bring together a range of groups and individuals
We set up the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA) and in order to do this we had to bring together a range of individuals from the voluntary and statutory sectors including service users. Stakeholders included the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Department of Health and National Patient Voices. These stakeholders had competing interests but needed to come together to work on common interests. Sankofa was responsible for achieving this joint working ahead of timetable. This was achieved by setting up focus groups and building bridges between the different stakeholders by individual discussions with stakeholders about their concerns and how we could work together to reduce these concerns.

We also set up Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels using the same methodology and found that this approach enabled a much wider cross section of individuals to be involved than traditional engagement methodologies.



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