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Introducing Action for Race Equality

Author: Trust for London

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Our award-winning grantee, formerly Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), has relaunched as Action for Race Equality (ARE), with a brand new look and website.

Action for Race Equality continues it's crucial work opposing racial discrimination and as a leading voice for reform across employment, education and criminal justice, under a new name and renewed mission.

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The relaunch follows consultations with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups across the country, and is a recognition of the urgent calls for a solution-based approach to the deepening and systemic racial disparities that only grow more pressing as the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt. The Black Lives Matter movement, too, has proven the need for practical action that addresses the fundamental drivers of racial inequality, and ARE's new name and continued work hopes to reflect and answer this demand while evolving with the times.

This brand-new site aims to make the wealth of resources, research and support more easily accessible, whilst providing a better browsing experience for all visitors.

Young people and our networks told us they wanted to be part of a movement focused on action. Our new name embraces this. ARE will focus on developing and implementing practical policies and programmes in partnership with the public, private and civil society sector. Efforts to build an inclusive and equitable country will only succeed if systemic racism is eradicated.

Seema Manchanda, ARE Chair of Trustees

In 1991 when BTEG was set up by a network of local Black and Asian led organisations and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations there was more consensus to identify with the term ‘Black’ as an inclusive label. This has changed. We support young people from Black, Asian and mixed heritage backgrounds and there is much debate about appropriate ethnicity terms. We can only make a difference by working collaboratively with individuals and organisations from all ethnicities and sectors. But we want to keep the focus on action to tackle systemic and institutional racism.

Jeremy Crook OBE, CEO of Action for Race Equality

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Trust for London is proud to have supported BTEG and and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with ARE through the Moving on Up programme, which aims to support young Black men into employment.

Exemplifying the collaborative, solution-based approach of ARE, Moving on Up won the 2021 ERSA Community Partnership of the Year Award in recognition of its achievement in supporting young Black men into employment and working to bring communities, employers and civil society together for change.

As part of the relaunch, Moving on Up also has a new look, with more easily accessed resources and information for anyone interested in the programme and its work.

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As well as the Moving on Up programme, the new site includes the Routes 2 Success programme, which provides mentoring to help improve educational attainment and aspiration in Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people, and the national advisory group on racial disparity in the criminal justice system EQUAL. For the first time, the website will also collate the provision ARE's specialist Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training and consultancy services and the three decades of expertise from Black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders provided therein.

Alongside the relaunch, ARE is also proud to announce the formation of a brand-new Youth Panel, which will help to further embed young people's voices and experiences into ARE's work and ensure that young people are enabled to help lead ARE at the opening of this new chapter in their mission.

15 February 2022