TCHC-funded Training

Training in exciting new volunteering opportunities in Cambridge

MENTER has been given a community grant from the European Social Fund via The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd.(TCHC). This will fund a new volunteer support project, run in partnership with Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) from September 2012. The community grant has been co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

Training in exciting new volunteering opportunities in Cambridge

MENTER has been given a community grant from the European Social Fund via The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd. (TCHC). This will fund a new volunteer support project, run in partnership with Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) from September 2012. The community grant has been co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

The MENTER project will support 20 or more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) volunteers with training and volunteer placements. There are three strands to the project. These are:

  1. A sewing class for Asian women run at Abbey Meadows. If you are interested in finding out more about this please email hena@cecf.co.uk
  2. An advocacy volunteering strand where volunteers will be given free training in equalities legislation, handling discrimination case work, signposting for further advice e.g. on benefits and acting as advocates for BME clients. If you would like to find out more about this please email tonylindsay@cecf.co.uk
  3. An administration/project management strand where volunteers will be given free training in finance, report writing, dealing with enquiries, project and event management. If you would like to find out more please email eddie@cecf.co.uk

All volunteers will be given the opportunity to use the skills learnt through placements at CECF. They will also be given free advice and help, if required, with writing job applications and with interview practice. The training is not formally accredited but participants will be given certificates detailing skills learnt.

The advocacy strand will be developed to be a formal training course for volunteer advocates. Changes in welfare and rising poverty/debt and discrimination levels mean an increasing demand for help and support at a time when funding cuts are reducing the level of advisory services. We hope that we can establish community based solutions to meet this need. Volunteers can provide invaluable services for those who need advice to tackle discrimination or need help with debt, housing, benefits or employment problems.

The administration/project management strand could be useful if you run a community group or are interested in starting one. MENTER and CECF can help with start up, for example, what you need for the governing rules of a community group (i.e. a constitution).

Already more than 13 people have joined this project and enrolled for training and job help. This project could be for you if you are an Asian woman who would like to develop sewing and business skills or if you are from a Black and Minority Ethnic community and would like to help your community or develop skills for employment. To find out more about this project please do contact Ila Chandavarkar, email ila@menter.org.uk or ring 01223 355034.

Training in exciting new volunteering opportunities in Cambridge

MENTER has been given a community grant from the European Social Fund via The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd. (TCHC). This will fund a new volunteer support project, run in partnership with Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) from September 2012. The community grant has been co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

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