Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Navigating support - why so complex?

At the Halesowen Asian Elders lunch event yesterday I spoke to women involved in setting up Anisa - a network for women in Lye who want to work with others to tackle islamophobia. I was asked what support Dosti coud give, perhaps with business planning or community cohesion funding. In relation to those activities I signposted to Dudley CVS and public sector partners respectively. I'm still a little stuck as to what support Dosti could, or should offer. The group already have links to the Interfaith network and Centre for Equality and Diversity - so what is missing from the mix of support for such work? We would welcome members of the group to any of our training and networking sessions, and will ensure they are invited to them. But I still feel as though something is missing. Should we be better co-ordinated in terms of what support is provided, and also have a way to work with such groups so that they determine what support they need/want and when? Are commuications between infrastructure and other support organisations lacking, or is there some kind of support missing? Hmmm.... something to ponder on further.

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