One of the organisations I am proud to be involved with is ISCRE (The Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) which is a registered charity that works to deliver equality services that bring significant benefits to suffolk communities on issues around,employment,housing,education,social welfare and criminal justice.
ISCRE has been working since 1977 towards eliminating racial discrimination whist promoting equality of opportunity and facilitating good relations between suffolk’s diverse population. Some of the work they do is with the Stop and Search reference group that’s involved in scrutinising and monitors Stop and Search in suffolk and the impact it has on BME communities. The group has also contributed towards Suffolk Constabulary’s Stop Search policy as well as procedure and training. ISCRE also provides legal advice and representation as well as a mentoring service for young offenders.
ISCRE has had to face the challenge of providing these services in the face of cutbacks to funding. The charity received some good news when it was successful in securing a £295K National Lottery Grant to help provide some services. The three year Reaching Communities Grant will allow ISCRE to launch its “Tackling Discrimination In The East” project, This will see ISCRE continue its current legal service providing information,advice,help and support for citizens facing any form of unlawful discrimination whether in workplace or in the communities,who cannot afford private solicitors. As discrimination can relate to age,disability,race,sex,sexuality,religion and belief,pregnancy and maternity anyone could be a victim of discrimination at some time.
This grant will help ISCRE to provide free guidance and training to staff of local business and workplaces to ensure they avoid inadvertent discrimination and avoid costly legal cases.
I think ISCRE Chairman of Trustees Chris Cumberbatch sums it up best with this “Firstly,I’d like to thank those ISCRE staff and our supporters who worked so hard to ensure that our application was a success. Their huge amount of thought and effort has been well rewarded. Secondly, nearly every corner of suffolk will benefit from these improved services. Our aim to make the county discrimination free just took a massive leap forward as a result of this funding allowing us to broaden and deepen the free-at-the-point of delivery anti discrimination services”