Black-owned network receives £5k donation to help charities weather ‘economic storm’

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The Black United Representation Network (BURN) is an organisation created by a group of successful black professionals including lawyers, entrepreneurs, doctors and barristers.

A network aimed at providing equal opportunities to black communities in Manchester has received £5,000 from the Forever Manchester Community Support Fund.

The Black United Representation Network (BURN) is an organisation created by a group of successful black professionals including lawyers, entrepreneurs, doctors and barristers.

According to the group, their main aim is to ‘challenge and tackle persistent racial inequalities found in Greater Manchester that negatively impacts people of African descent.’

The network received the £5k donation after applying for the Forever Manchester Community Support fund, and they have recently successfully lobbied for the creation of a race equality panel to advise Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham which is set to launch next month.

With so much success just three weeks after their official launch, BURN plan on using the funds to help the ‘Black Third Sector’ weather the “economic storm” of the coronavirus.

The Black Third Sector is compromised of charities and voluntary lead initiatives put in place to support the most vulnerable people in black communities.

BURN Director, Lisa Maynard-Atem said: “Research shows that the black community has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, most black voluntary, community social enterprises are small and deal directly with those in need, they suffer from lack of funding, and they’ve seen a rise in their services during this crisis.

“A lot of them are on the brink of closure and we want to avoid that, so we’re going to be working with our local partners.

“The funding will be used to design and develop a bespoke distance learning programme, the idea is to strengthen and grow the capabilities of these organisations so they can become sustainable and weather any future economic storms.”

The distance learning programme is known as the ‘Restore, Strengthen and Scale Up programme’.

BURN are looking to help organisations such as the African Caribbean Care Group, the Caribbean and African Health Network and the KYSO club a not-for-profit organisation in Manchester that helps young people.

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