CLUSTER GROUP OVERVIEW
Scottish Alliance Against Prejudice and Hate Crime (SAAPaHC)
SAAPaHC vision is for a Scotland where all hate crime, hate behaviours and prejudice are seen as unacceptable and no-one has to suffer any level of personal abuse. To achieve this their aim is that within a year SAAPaHC will be the main platform for organisations to use in ensuring that policy and practice is driven by the lived experiences, knowledge and understanding of those living with, and working to, eradicate prejudice and hatred in Scotland. The group believes that hate crime, hate behaviours and prejudice are not acceptable in a modern Scotland.
Women's Equality Steering Group (WESG)
WESG work towards the best outcomes for women in Scotland through collaboration, partnership, and supporting one another in moving towards appropriate levels of social enterprise and sustainability. The group share learning, resources and evidence, best practice, encourage partnerships and support between organisations / projects for potential joint working and funding applications. They get to know about existing initiatives, schemes and policies and continue build networks. The wealth of experience and knowledge from the group members helps inform and shape local and national policies around Women’s Equality with a particular focus on employability.
Poverty, Opportunities, Participation Group (POP)
POP exists to address poverty, create safer and more inclusive communities, improve people’s life chances and increase opportunities and participation by building on the experiences and expertise of organisations working with communities with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. They support collaborative working, sharing of ideas, information and good practice, and gathering evidence of collective impact. Furthermore the group encourage partnerships, support between projects, learning of existing and new initiatives and policy developments.
Public Sector Action Group (PSAG)
PSAG will work towards the best outcomes for addressing inequalities and sharing best practice to support the ongoing needs of communities accessing public services.
The group work collaboratively and enable a greater voice to challenge and showcase practice, which in the long term will inform and influence policy. They share information, good practice, trainings and resources and collate evidence of challenges and successes when engaging with Public sector bodies, including barriers in terms of inclusive communication and accessibility.
BME Employability Strategic Steering Group (BME: ESSG)
The overall purpose of the BME:ESSG is to facilitate BME communities to gain access to employment through a successful employability journey to ensure their needs and issues, pertinent to employability, are addressed by service providers & policy makers, including providers from the third sector. It is envisaged that the wealth of experience and knowledge within this group will help inform and shape local and national policies. The group achieve this by sharing good practice, increasing awareness of projects for both clients and services and engaging with relevant stakeholders. The group is led by REACH Community Health Project.
Representation in Public Life
The group aims to address under-representation in public life by building on the experiences and expertise of organisations working with communities with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Public Life is understood in broad terms to mean political life, employment, civil society and volunteering, culture, media, sports and recreation and wider. The group is a forum for participating organisations to share good practice and opportunities, document case studies and collaborate on specific initiatives.