Promoting Equality & Cohesion Fund - Clusters

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Networking group

Poverty, Opportunities, Participation Group (POP)

The group work towards the best outcomes for marginalised communities in Scotland, providing communities a voice to affect change at policy and service delivery level whilst sharing good practice & collaborating for improved services’. This cluster exists to address poverty and increase opportunities and participation by building on the experiences and expertise of organisations working with communities with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

Public Sector Action Group (PSAG)

The group work towards the best outcomes for addressing inequalities and sharing best practice to support the ongoing needs of communities accessing public services. The group has a focus to work with the public sector to inform service design and delivery by providing evidence of success and barriers for individuals and communities with accessing public services. The group members offer support for improvement and best practice.

Women's Equality Steering Group (WESG)

It was envisaged that the wealth of experience and knowledge from the group members will help inform and shape local and national policies around Women’s Equality. The group support other third sector organisations working with Women and Children. This includes supporting with designing and running of activities and projects and supporting organisations to address any challenges. The group learn from each other by sharing examples of what worked and what didn’t.

Representation in Public Life

The aims of the group are: to build the confidence of organisations and service users to participate in public life; raise awareness and promote good practice examples of representation; tackle barriers and; to ensure representation is discussed at strategic levels. The group have created a toolkit of services and activities that work with supporting and empowering individuals facing barriers to representation in public life.

BME Employability Strategic Steering Group (BME: ESSG)

The forming of the BME Employability Strategic Steering Group is to provide a vehicle for sharing good practice; increasing awareness of existing employability initiatives, relevant employability schemes and policies; increasing and strengthening networks to encourage partnerships and support between organisations/projects. It is envisaged that the wealth of experience and knowledge within the group will help inform and shape local and national policies around employability, especially from the BME perspective.

Scottish Alliance Against Prejudice and Hate Crime (SAAPaHC) 

The group’s vision is for a Scotland where all hate crime, hate behaviours and prejudice are seen as unacceptable and no-one has to suffer any level of personal abuse. To achieve this aim the Hate Crime and Prejudice Cluster will be the main platform for organisations to use in ensuring that policy and practice is driven by the lived experiences, knowledge and understanding of those living with, and working to, eradicate prejudice and hatred in Scotland.