From the Archives

(just a sample from this century!)

Enterprising Approaches to Equality

Developing and carrying out a training and consultancy project for Business Advisers and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland. The aim of the training was to ensure that SMEs and Business Advisers were aware of the equality legislation and good practice. A diagnostic tool was developed for use with employers.

Organisation Development Programme (SCVO)

We delivered an Organisation Development programme for 27 large voluntary sector organisations on behalf of Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). Our role was to design and deliver the programme over 18 months and the focus of the programme was on mainstreaming equality.

Working Together Learning Together

Description of project: WTLT was the training programme developed and delivered in partnership between SCVO and Glasgow University for the members of Social Inclusion Partnerships across Scotland. OSDC’s role was the design a training package on equal opportunities in the context of social inclusion and to train a group of SCVO trainers to deliver it.

Training for Equality Assessors (Ireland)

Description of project: the Irish legislation requires that many employers undertake equality reviews and develop equality action plans. The reviews are being carried out by Equality Assessors. Our project was to train the assessors to ensure that they were equipped with an ‘equality lens’ in relation to the nine potential grounds for discrimination as identified in the legislation.

Managing The Equality Exchange

Description of project: The Equality Exchange is a network of over 120 employers in Scotland. It provides opportunities for employer to share and develop best practice in equal opportunities with a particular emphasis on gender. OSDC’s role was to plan and organise seminars/workshops

Training for Trainers in the Publicly Funded Sector

Description of project: a series of training events across Scotland to ensure that trainers in the publicly funded sector were aware of best practice. There was an emphasis on ensuring that participants were skilled and knowledgeable of the requirement to mainstream gender equality into their project planning and delivery in line with ESF requirements.

Mainstreaming Gender Equality into the National Development Plan (Ireland)

Description of project: The project was to design and deliver training, supported by fact sheets on the relationship between gender mainstreaming and key areas of the Irish Development Plan. (The areas were Housing, Rural Affairs, Sport and Leisure, Tourism and Transport.) The main contract was with Strathclyde University and OSDC facilitated the training days.

The Implications for the Church of England (Yorkshire Diocese) of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry

Description of project: Developing and delivering a series of training events for the Church hierarchy and members of congregations across the Diocese with a view to enabling the Church to play its role in promoting racial equality. A similar programme was developed for the Archbishop’s Council.

Pavee Point (Ireland)

Developing and delivering a training for trainers’ manual for the Traveller Community in Ireland. Training work with Pavee Point staff.

STUC: One workplace: many cultures:

Description of project: Delivering training sessions (“Bargaining for Equality”) to Trade Union Representatives (in partnership with the STUC) across Scotland. The sessions were part of the “One workplace – Many cultures” campaign.

Equality Audits:

Glasgow University, Queen Margaret University and John Wheatley College
Description of project: Carrying out audits to establish the institutions’ position in terms of culture, policies and procedures and to identify any barriers to equality of opportunity and to identify key areas for change.

Scottish Enterprise (including Careers Scotland)

Mainstreaming Equalities Toolkit: Developing an on-line equalities toolkit for all staff of Scottish Enterprise (including Careers Scotland) to present the business case for promoting equality as well as guidelines for best practice across all roles and functions.

From the Archives (just a sample from the last century between 1985 and 2000)

South Africa

Work with a range of public and private sector organisations on transformation and change including BP Oil, ESKOM, Engen, First National Bank , The University of Cape Town. Establishing the Centre Against Racism and Sexism Trust (CARAS) now known as Ditshwanelo.

Work with Voluntary and Community Organisations (usually training, organisational reviews or capacity building)

ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England), After Adoption, Barnardos (Leeds and Glasgow), Asian Workers’ Network (Wolverhampton), Birmingham Settlement, Christian Aid, The Federation of Community Work Training Groups, First Key Housing Association, Leeds CAB, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (Yorkshire and Humberside), Manchester Drug Action Team, Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), Oriental Arts (Bradford), Oxfam, The Progress Trust (Manchester), Rotherham Kashmiri Cultural and Education Development Trust, Sheffield and District Afro-Caribbean Community Association (SADACCA), Sheffield Law Centre, UK Housing Trust, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Higher and Further Education (usually equality training for staff, with an emphasis on developing anti-racist practice)

Bristol University, Birmingham University, Central Council for Social Work Education Huddersfield University, Hull University, Keele University, Leicester University, Manchester Met University, Nottingham University, Sheffield University, South Bank University, Broxtowe College, Buckinghamshire College, Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education, Hull College of Higher Education, Sheffield College, Stockport College.

Local Authorities

Tameside MBC: Asian carer development projects, training for staff, reviewing Race Equality Action Plan, training for Councillors
Local Government Training Board: training for staff and managers
Lewisham council: training and consultancy for Chief Officers
Liverpool City Council: training for staff
Redcar and Cleveland Council: training for staff and Councillors
Cambridge City Council: training on involvement and engagement with the black communities
Contracts to deliver anti-racism training to staff with St Helen’s Council, Bolton MBC, Bedfordshire Council, Birmingham City Council (including a review of their Race Equality Training Strategy), Dudley (including developing a Race Equality Action Plan), Hampshire Council, Haringey Council, Hertfordshire Council, Inner London Education Authority, Lancashire County Council, Northamptonshire Council, Oxford City Council, Salford Council, Stretford Council, Warwickshire County Council,

Probation Services

Anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice training (for many across the whole service – covering all staff functions) for:
Berkshire Probation Service, Birmingham Probation Service, Cambridgeshire Probation Service, Greater Manchester Probation Service Hampshire Probation Service, Humberside Probation Service, South Yorkshire Probation Service, West Yorkshire Probation Service

Publications (including from the archives)

Book of Ideas for The National Resource Centre for Ethnic Minority Health (NRCEMH) at NHS Health Scotland. (2006)

Partnership Working: NHS and BME: for The National Resource Centre for Ethnic Minority Health (NRCEMH) at NHS Health Scotland. (2004)

Reflections on Engagement: BOND Network for International Development (July 2003)

Identity and its contribution to development: Ashok Ohri, The Development Education Journal (2002).

Women in Scotland in the 21st Century: Wendy Davies and Morag Alexander, Scottish Affairs, (2001)

Anti-discriminatory practice with Travellers: (a training manual): for the Traveller Movement Northern Ireland (2000)

Good Practice = Good business: an equality guide for Employers: OSDC for Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Training and Enterprise Council (1998)

The World in Our Neighbourhood: Black and Ethnic Minority Communities and Development Education for Development Education Association (1998)

Understanding Anti-Oppressive practice: Self Learning Packs for NVQ Assessors in the Field of Care: Ashok Ohri and Wendy Davies, OSDC (1996)

Equality Standards Framework: OSDC for Kirklees Training and Enterprise
Council (1996)

Dealing with racial harassment: a pack for managers and practitioners : Produced for Kirklees Racial Equality Council and Kirklees Community Safety Partnership (l996)

Anti-oppressive ways of working in training: Wendy Davies and Ashok Ohri, OSDC Ltd. (l995)

A race equality manual; a guide for decision makers: Wendy Davies and Ashok Ohri , OSDC Ltd. For Strathclyde Regional Council (l995)

Anti-Oppressive Ways of Working in Training: Ashok Ohri and Wendy Davies, OSDC (1995)

Recruitment and selection; an equal opportunity approach: Wendy Davies and Rashmi Patel (l992)

Child Sexual Abuse and Racism: Ashok Ohri and P. Goudge, OSDC (1992)

A Spirit of Equality: a video package: OSDC (1992)

The Face of Diversity: a Report on the Black Voluntary Sector in West Yorkshire: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (1991)

Anti-racist Ways of Working within Training: Ashok Ohri and Wendy Davies, OSDC (1991)

Unemployment and Community Action: Ashok Ohri, J. Gallagher and L. Roberts in CDJ, Oxford Press (1983)

Racism the Response of Community Work: Ashok Ohri and B. Manning, RKP 1982

Alliances and Coalitions in the Struggle for Race Equality: Ashok Ohri and L Donnelly, RKP 1982

Accreditation – the Next Step: Ashok Ohri,ACW Talking Point 1982

Community Work and Racism: ed. Ashok Ohri, B. Manning and P. Curno, RKP. 1982

Can Community Workers do Anything about Unemployment?: Ashok Ohri and L Roberts, ACW Talking Point, 1981

Libraries are Ours: Ashok Ohri and B. Darcy, Community Projects Foundation, 1978

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