Speaking ahead of the first event Sadiq Khan said:
“The REACH report, written by an independent group from the Black community, highlighted that there are many organisations at the forefront of tackling underachievement of young Black men who are producing fantastic results, but they are often small in scale and can face barriers, particularly when trying to access funding. We are holding these events so that we can help organisations overcome these barriers, and to look at what central Government can do to support them in carrying on their vital work.
I hope as many groups and organisations as possible will take up our offer of support and come and join us at one of the five events. We all need to work together to make sure that our Black boys and young Black men get all the support they need and deserve, so that as many as possible go on to reach their true potential”
Five regional events are being held around the country, starting with London (31 March) and moving on to Bristol (1 April), Nottingham (3 April), Manchester (21 April) and ending in Birmingham (22 April).
These workshops seek to discuss ways in which these organisations can be supported to work together, increase capacity and access funding. Organisations meeting the following criteria are particularly welcome:
• Black-led third sector organisation
• Organisations working to improve life chances for young Black men
• Commission services, provide support or offer funds to such organisations
These workshops 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 influence Central Government thinking.