What can a social housing providers offer the BAME community?

A meeting between Next Step Initiative (NSI), Wheatley Group (WG) and members of the African Housing Forum (AHF) was another opportunity in series of attempts to give answers the above question.

The quarterly meeting is a forum for one the largest social housing provider in Western Europe (the landlord) Wheatley Group, its partner and interlocutor for the African community in Scotland to discuss on housing and premises issues members of the African Housing Forum are experiencing and the seek solutions to best support them.

The demand for three and four bedrooms houses suitable for especially large families were among some of the questions asked at the meeting to the social housing provider.

Business premises was also another issue raised by some of the members of the forum who are looking for central locations to operate a business.

One person who has successfully secured an office space for his business from the WG through the AHF is Emeka of the Friends for All (FFA) Project. He thanked the WG for providing the project with an office space in Govan and appeal for the WG to recruit one of its tenants to be assisting in the FFA office.

A woman who spoke at the meeting said she is trying to start an African Women café and are seeking for a venue. She appealed for any support they can get from the forum on business plan and funding.

The AHF is now a member of the Scottish Government Housing Policy Group made up of housing executives across Scotland.

AHF is a strategic forum for WG to benefit members who are mainly living within Wheatley Group Housing.

Two members of the AHF, Lara from Nigeria and Austin from Malawi spoke on their traineeship with NSI in Museums and Built Environment. Both encouraged members of the AHF to join the traineeship through NSI and the opportunities for BAME people to volunteer at Museums and Built Environment cites.


Next Step Initiative recognised for best practice.


Next Step Initiative’s Inclusive Museum Heritage Project has been recognised as a Recruitment Best Practices Model by an external evaluation Report September 2016 by BOP Consulting titled ‘’Character Matters: Attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum Workforce ‘’commissioned by Arts Council England, Museum Galleries Scotland, Museums Association, Association of Independent Museum

The researchers asked what attitudes, behaviours and skills the UK museum workforce already has and would need in the next 10 years, what is already invested and what the support looks like.

The report shows where investment is most needed to best support the museum sector, and highlights areas of future development.

It offers 30 recommendations in the area of recruitment, skills and knowledge, training and continuing professional development, organisational development, and sector development and shares the in-depth analysis of the current and future state with outside and inside views

Beltus Etchu, CEO of Next Step Initiative (NSI) and African Forum Scotland (AFS), appointed by UNCTAD on Awards Panel

The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based in Geneva, Switzerland has appointed Beltus Etchu, the CEO  of NSI/AFS to their Awards panel who will select winners for the Empretec Women in Business Award 2016.
The prestigious global Award ceremony will take place during the 5000 delegate Empretec event on 21 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, where winners will be receive full UN recognition.
At this televised and streamed international gathering,  entrepreneurial women, who have displayed innovative ideas, introduced new funding initiatives, demonstrated sound knowledge management and have contributed to the growth of business and employment within their respective nations, will be deservedly honoured.
UNA Scotland stated today that ”The UN appointment of Beltus Etchu to such a distinguished UN Panel of global experts, brings great credit to African Forum Scotland, to the Scots diaspora and to Scotland itself”.

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Dance Competition 11:15 30
Networking & Recruitment 11:45 15
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Music 15:00 30
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African Trainees Flourish as Inclusive Museum Heritage Project Gets Underway


Four trainees who recently embarked upon yearlong placements at Glasgow Museums and the National Trust for Scotland are already making an impact with duties such as hosting tours, transcribing old books and undertaking research. The apprentices have been appointed as part of the Inclusive Museum Heritage Project, which was developed to create greater opportunities for African and minority ethnic communities to access and engage in the Scottish museum sector.


The Inclusive Museum Heritage Project was inspired after consultations with Black and minority ethnic communities highlighted that work was needed to ensure they are represented by the museum sector and that their stories are being told.  The innovative programme was developed by Next Step Initiative with support from a number of partners including Glasgow Life, National Trust Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.


The trainees are based at Riverside Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, with the Open Museum and at the David Livingstone Centre.  During the 12 month placement they will also undertake a level 3 SVQ in Museums and Galleries practice, a qualification developed by Museums Galleries Scotland for their Heritage Horizon’s traineeship programme.


Sali Dirar, who is an Open Museum trainee based at Glasgow Museum Resource Centre, said: “I am so pleased I grabbed this opportunity with both hands.  It represented an excellent chance to develop my skills and get some solid work experience on a new career path.  I’m really enjoying my time so far, every day is new learning experience and it’s really exciting”.


As well as the traineeships, the Inclusive Museums Heritage Project also involves outreach work with local African Communities and capacity building programmes for the museum sector will explore how to engage with African communities across Scotland.


Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, added: “Glasgow Museums is pleased to be part of this pioneering initiative.  Our aim is to inspire Glasgow citizens and visitors to lead richer lives through culture and learning and this project brings these together beautifully.  In addition to allowing the trainees to strengthen their experience and qualifications, their story is sure to motivate others in their community to become involved in museums.”


Beltus Etchu, CEO of Next Step Initiative, said: “Since 2009, Next Step Initiative has been creating links with African communities and providing the tools, training and experience to encourage and empower African communities and individuals to fulfill their potential in the work place.


“The Inclusive Museum Project not only shows African communities that the museum sector is a route to employability, but also as an educational resource for African families to engage with.  Additionally, it also changes perceptions of Africans in the workplace from the employer’s point of view, and the integration and enthusiasm of the trainees demonstrates how Africans can be a vital resource to an organisation.  We are pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow Life, National Trust for Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland saw the potential and supported us in bringing this project online.”


Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Museums Galleries Scotland is involved in this innovative, grass roots project. The strength of the Inclusive Museums Heritage Project stems from its multi-stranded approach of outreach events, capacity building, accredited work based training and placement. I am pleased that the SVQ in Museums and Heritage Practice has been adopted as we created that specifically to widen access to the museum sector.”


The Inclusive Museum Heritage Project is supported by £98,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


  • Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector.
  • http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ awarded MGS £422,400 to deliver the Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme.
  • Next Step Initiative is a Glasgow based charitable organisation whose mission is to empower, improve and transform the quality of life of the deprived and less engaged African Communities in Scotland.  http://www.nextstepinitiative.org.uk/inclusive-museum-heritage-project-2/


For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Rough, Glasgow Life

Phone 0141 287 3575 Mob 0777 540 7443

Email suzanne.rough@glasgowlife.org

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