Inspiring Black & Minority Ethnic communities to become involved in public life
Please join us next Tuesday 29th October 2013
6 - 9pm at Cardiff County Hall (Cardiff Bay)
Diverse Cymru in partnership with Operation Black Vote, the GMB Wales and South West region, and the BME Communities that it supports has
recognised the low representation in Public Life of BME individuals. Although positive action has been used by the Welsh Government to encourage
engagement, BME representation within Public appointments, Voter registration, Democratic engagement and Civic engagement remains disproportionately low.
We would like to provide a platform to discuss the process, suggest improvements, and actively support and encourage more positive involvement
and outcomes for the BME community that will ultimately lead to a fairer and inclusive working Wales.
This conference will bring together both BME professionals and novice individuals who jointly share the will to take part in how their Wales is run both locally and nationally.
We will also be joined by decision makers who will get the chance to hear about the barriers to involvement, but more importantly, hear the positive suggestions to
reaching a common goal of a fairer and inclusive Wales.
Encouraging more individuals from BME communities to get involved as decision makers here in Wales.
18.00 Drinks reception
18.30 Welcome by Cllr. Heather Joyce, Leader of Cardiff Council
18.35 The context by Dr. Charles Willie, Director Diverse Cymru
18.50 “The state we are in” by Vaughan Gething AM
19.05 Audience contribution
19.15 Unions perspective by Cath Speight, GMB National Political Officer
19.30 Audience contribution
19.40 “Inspiring involvement” by Simon Woolley, Director Operation Black Vote
20.00 Short refreshment break
20.10 Open discussion “Turning frustration into action”
20.40 Welsh Governments perspective by Carwyn Jones AM (TBC)
20.50 Opportunity to get involved
We are encouraging organisations representing BME communities and BME individuals
who would like to get involved to come along, share their experiences and make a difference.
We are limited to 200 places, so if you have not already done so, please e-mail your reservation ASAP to :