Celebrating diverse culture at Northampton


Lineup and Details for Multicultural Festival on Sat 26th April 2014

On Saturday 26th April a free Multicultural Festival will take over the Market Square in Northampton. A one day celebration of all the different cultures that make Northampton such a vibrant town. There will be live music, performance, dancing and singing and a wide range of food and craft stalls.

The action then shifts to the Deco Theatre for an evening of music, fashion and performance in aid of the Mayor’s Charity the Sharing and Caring Trust.Tickets are only £10 and that includes a free buffet. Tickets are available from the Deco Theatre, by contacting Zimwomen Association (www.zimwomenassociation.org)

For info phone 07951 588733 or 01604 779008

Entry Prices

Minimum age: 2

Entry price (public): Free on market square, £10 for evening performance

Doors open: 10:00am til 10:30pm

Last entry: 7:15pm

Date: 26th April 2014

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A secure future for Bangladeshi community development in Hackney @unitytrustbank




Unity Trust Bank, a specialist bank for the social economy, has provided Bangla Housing Association with a £4.8m loan to support their purchase of 70 properties in Hackney, East London.

A specialist housing association that provides good quality, affordable homes and support services for Bengali and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities across North East London. Bangla has been managing these properties for over 15 years on behalf of other registered providers.

Bangla now owns and manages the properties which means residents have a more streamlined service and only need to contact Bangla for all of their housing needs. These properties provide housing for nearly 300 people in Nightingale Estate, Downs Road as well as family and single flats throughout the London borough of Hackney. In addition to the 70 owned properties Bangla manages further 189 properties in Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest owned by other registered providers.

Bashir Uddin, Director of Bangla Housing Association, said: “This is a great opportunity for Bangla Housing Association. We have managed the properties on behalf of partners for a number of years and know the residents well. The transfer of stock to Bangla means we are the sole housing managers and can really push our customer satisfaction levels for our new residents. In addition, the financial support from Unity means we have developed our asset base, are financially secure and have more long-term control over our operations.
In our community advice surgeries and workshops last year, we dealt with over 500 cases, helping over two hundred people from the local community. With the extra resources we will be able to expand this service and help more people in the future, as well as ensure continued improvement of our services for residents and the wider community.”

Unity Trust Bank relationship manager Andrew Jesson said of the loan: “As a socially minded business, Unity Trust Bank is proud to provide sustainable banking and finance support to social economy customers like Bangla, which delivers positive social impact in the local communities in which it operates. Housing associations play a vital role in developing local communities and it is important for us to support those smaller organisations that might otherwise struggle to access finance on the high street. We were particularly impressed by Bangla’s focus on excellent housing management alongside its community advice and older peoples services’. We are pleased to help Bangla on the next stage of their journey and look forward to a long-term relationship.”

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For a civil and humane approach to immigration in the UK

MAX Conference: an invitation

ImageIn the UK in 2014, what passes for a debate on immigration is a desolate and harsh discourse of intolerance and prejudice. Families are divided, migrants are scapegoated and the undocumented are hunted. In a willing consensus between politicians, the mainstream media and alleged ‘think-tanks’ such as Migration Watch, the blame for so many of society’s ills are placed on the shoulders of migrants.

MAX (movement against xenophobia) offers an answer, a place for more progressive thinkers to come together, discuss and then act. Since its inception in autumn 2013, it’s been focused on opposing the Immigration Bill, currently going through Parliament.

Come and join the discussion, at MAX’s first conference, and make sure humanity wins over brutality.

MAX Conference

Saturday 15 March from 10am til 6pm,

Vernon Square site of SOAS (map)

Sarah Teather MP, Philippe Legrain (author and economist), Professor Des Freedman (Media Studies, Goldsmiths College), Alison Harvey (Immigration Law Practitioners Association), Emma Mlotshwa (Medical Justice), journalist Jon Danzig, Daniel Stevens (NUS), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Professor Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University), Ruth Grove-White (Migrants Rights Network), Daniel Trilling (Editor: The New Humanist)  and other leading figures in the world of immigration.

The conference will also feature:

‘Freedom is Everything’: performance and interactive workshop coordinated by Exiled Writers INK with three exiled poets: Mir Mahfuz Ali (Bangladesh), Gareeb Iskander (Iraq), Ziba Karbassi  (Iran) who are all published poets who have all fled to England from persecution and horror in their countries of origin.

Tickets cost £10 for a day ticket (£20 for solidarity price, £2 for low / unwaged, but please contact us if you cannot afford a ticket but would like to attend)

Lunch is included, tea and coffee will also be available.

For more info on MAX: http://movagxen.wordpress.com/about/
To book your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/movement-against-xenophobia-conference-tickets-9894418472
A draft timetable of the event: http://movagxen.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/conference-details/
A map of the venue: http://www.geograph.org.uk/showmap.php?gridref=TQ308829



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Next Steps for BME Housing Organisations

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‘Next Steps for BME Housing Organisations’ –


The roundtable took place during the National Housing Federation conference on 19th September 2013 at 6.00 in the Shakespeare Memorial Room of the new Library of Birmingham.

The roundtable was chaired by Lydia Stockdale, Assistant Editor (Features) of Inside Housing. The scene was set by BMENational Chair Lara Oyedele and John Morris, Chair of the Human City Institute.

Key topics discussed were:
● What can be learnt from the legacy of the BME housing movement in meeting housing need and its advocacy role on behalf of BME communities?

● How can BMENational build on this legacy to help BME housing organisations to achieve even greater success in future?

● What are the next steps for BME housing organisations to face the challenges of a rapidly changing operating environment?

Read the full summary and research proposal (PDF, 1.19MB)

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