Funded by the Home Office and then transferred to DfES, April 2002 – March 2005
What were the aims of the project?
This project helped black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations to:
- develop and implement good practice in parenting and family support
- collaborate and form a support network
- contribute to wider debates on parenting and family support issues including consultations on the Parenting Fund in 2002 and Every Child Matters in 2003
- share good practice through dissemination events.
How were these aims fulfilled?
We worked with 157 voluntary black-led organisations. We worked with a range of organisations including:
- groups for young people
- groups for fathers
- counselling services
- carers and disability groups
- parent support groups.
Using ‘action learning sets’, we helped these groups to:
- identify issues, explore problems and find solutions to help black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations improve support for families
- share information and good practice relating to parenting and family support
The groups explored a number of issues including:
- methods to engage black men in volunteering projects
- the use of traditional African folklore as a tool for African parents to discuss issues such as sexual health with young people
- ways to challenge decisions on funding.