ISCRE AGM to reflect on a “year of great achievements and ongoing challenges” 

The county’s leading civil rights charity is preparing for its next annual general meeting and is billing it as one of its most important and interesting in years.

The Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) is hosting its AGM, chaired by Ipswich Borough Council deputy mayor, Cllr. Sarah Barber, on 18 September and has booked three engaging guest speakers to reflect on key aspects of its work.

Employment barrister Susan Belgrave will be reflecting on equality issues within the legal system – a key topic for ISCRE with its ground-breaking launch of the Suffolk Law Centre earlier in the year. Susan is a prominent black barrister specialising in employment, discrimination and human rights law. She is recommended as a leading barrister in employment law in the Legal 500.

Those attending the AGM will also hear from Piers Harrison-Reida performance poet, spoken word artist, live literature entrepreneur and A & E nurse in Norwich. Piers was Essex slam poet champion in 2012 and he recently did a piece to celebrate NHS @70.

Sandy Martin, the MP for Ipswich, will be giving a round-up of the year in Parliament and reporting back on some of his work in the constituency.

The AGM will also see the launch of the final report by ISCRE into improving access to higher education among some the county’s newer communities.

Funded by the Network of East Anglian Collaborative Outreach and titled It Takes A Village to Raise A Child, the report is based on one-to-one interviews and small group discussions.

It identifies the main barriers to higher education for certain parts of Suffolk’s society and makes a series of recommendations for schools, community groups and parents.

The full details of the report will be available just prior to the AGM.

Phanuel Mutumburi, ISCRE’s Business & Operations Director, said “the last 12 months have been a time of great achievements and ongoing challenges for those of us trying to make Suffolk a more equal place to live in and work in.

“The launch of the Suffolk Law Centre was a major boost for those unable to afford access to justice. The findings of the It Takes A Village to Raise A Child report show that a lot more work needs to be done to improve access to higher education. So alongside our excellent speakers, this AGM will be a mixture of celebration and reflection. We hope as many people can attend as possible.

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