We are delighted to announce that BURN have been awarded £5000 from Forever Manchester to design and deliver a leadership development programme for the Black Third Sector in Greater Manchester to build back better. A total of twenty organisations from across the city region will be supported over a six-month period.
Research shows that the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. Most Black voluntary, community and social enterprises are small, community-based charities working directly with those with the greatest needs. They suffer from a lack of funding and have seen a rise in the demand for their services during the crisis. Many are on the brink of closure, which could leave many vulnerable people without the essential and trusted specialist support they need.
Working with local partners, the funding will be used to design and develop a bespoke distance learning programme to strengthen and grow the capability of these organisations to become sustainable so they can better weather any future economic storms.
Delivered online, the Restore, Strengthen and Scale Up programme will build the digital skills, capabilities and confidence of the Black Third sector to use digital platforms such as Zoom to engage, communicate and deliver services remotely. The accelerated growth programme will also include wrap around support such as mentoring and action learning sets to facilitate collaborative working and partnerships between organisations.