Conference details

See details of what took place at our 2023 conference.

2023 Conference Speakers

Ayo Ogunbuyide

Co-Chair, NBCT and Director of Shine Development Concept CIC

Ayo Ogunbuyide is a qualified Human Resource Professional and a trained Project Manager, with a masters degree from the University of Northampton in Youth and Community Leadership. Ayo previously worked on Health inequalities project with Derbyshire County Council (DCC). Currently, he’s the Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement Manager for Biomedical Research Centre, Universities Hospitals of Leicester. He works with marginalised communities to ensure their views and experience shapes health improvement through research. This is funded by NIHR. Ayo is passionate about Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. He longs to see a Northamptonshire that truly reflects fairness and equality to all. He became Chair of NBCT in November 2022.

 

Prince Caesar

Co-Chair, NBCT and Director of BAK UP CIC

Prince was born in Ghana but lives in the UK with his wife and 4 children. His mother is the Queen of Darkuman (a municipality in Ghana). He is a Master’s student in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics at Coventry University and the winner of Community Champion 2023. He is also the director of BAK UP CIC and founder of Valley of Hope Church. He believes in treating other people with dignity, respect, and love and has a goal to help contribute to the creation of an equitable United Kingdom and a better world for all. Prince became Co-Chair of NBCT in June 2023.

Neena Samota

Chair, Voice4Change England

Neena Samota is Associate Professor Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Subject Lead for Criminology and Sociology and MA Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, Migration and Organised Crime programmes at St. Mary’s university. An applied critical criminologist, Neena teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and contributes to the development and implementation of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in higher education. She is chair of two black-led organisations. Voice4Change England (V4CE) is a charity and national advocate for the Black and Minoritised voluntary and community sector. Neena has a been a trustee of StopWatch, which campaigns for effective, accountable, and fair policing.

Toby Sanders

Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board

Before the transition to Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board, Toby was the Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. With 15 years’ experience in the NHS, Toby was previously the Managing Director (Accountable Officer) of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, an organisation which he successfully helped set up and lead for seven years. Toby has extensive experience in a variety of senior management and system leadership roles including being the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Lead over the last three years for the Better Care Together programme serving the one million local people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

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5 point action plan

We developed a 5 point action plan to help guide the outcomes of the conference.
1

Coproduction: Engaging and working with communities towards decision making and service development.

2

Race Equality plans should be considered in everything we do.

3

Investing in and uplifting Black communities and Black-led organisations to work towards outcomes.

4

Representation at all levels: Removing the barriers, sending the right message and allowing for meaningful contributions throughout every level.

5

Innovation: Connecting nationally and internationally to bring best practise in race inequality in Northamptonshire, making it a model to look to across the UK

01Coproduction: Engaging and working with communities towards decision making and service development.

02Race Equality plans should be considered in everything we do.

03Investing in and uplifting Black communities and Black-led organisations to work towards outcomes.

04Representation at all levels: Removing the barriers, sending the right message and allowing for meaningful contributions throughout every level.

05Innovation: Connecting nationally and internationally to bring best practise in race inequality in Northamptonshire, making it a model to look to across the UK

Workshops

Workshops


We held a series of workshops which showcased some of the different projects we have been partnering on, and the key findings from them.
    Ageing Well

    NBCT have been working with the ICAN programme for 2 years to deliver a pilot Ageing Well programme focussed on supporting Asian communities with a view to learning from this. The proposal is to extend this work to support African and African-Caribbean Communities and people living with dementia. We have delivered important outcomes that demonstrate the need to develop specific Black community led programmes that can reach people in Black communities to enable equal access and to ensure that services are linguistically, socially and culturally appropriate.

    The workshop demonstrated the work undertaken and the lessons learnt.

    Active Communities

    NBCT has developed an important strategic partnership with Northamptonshire Sport to deliver the Moving Together Forum bringing NBCT Black organisations and other partners together to develop a strategy and action plan to overcome inequalities in access to sports, leisure, and physical wellbeing. This has been an exciting development and created an excellent model of a strategic partnership in overcoming inequalities and addressing unequal access in Northamptonshire. We want to thank Northamptonshire Sport for the very significant efforts and work with NBCT and other partners.

    The workshop demonstrated examples of how we can overcome and address inequalities and look at the positive action plan developed.

    Children and Young People

    This workshop looked at the issuing impacting on Black Children and Young People in accessing services, providing appropriate services and addressing inequalities.

    The workshop considered this from different perspectives with the view of how we can work together to address key challenges for Black Children and Young people in the county.

    Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism (MHLDA)

    From January – June 2023, NBCT were commissioned to support the building and driving of the Equalities Enabler Framework for MHLDA Services for equality groups. A key project aim was to consider the need to develop a service model that could, enable equal access to services, overcome barriers to access, provide preventative support, enable people to get the right information and knowledge of services at the right time, enable existing services to become more culturally competent.

    The workshop demonstrated the project outcomes, the learning, and the proposed co-produced model of services.

    Health Campaigns

    NBCT has been involved in delivering health campaigns which started during Covid enabling Black communities to access the right information, increase vaccination, testing and to remain safe. We have supported weight management and diabetes work and reported on this to demonstrate how we can reach Black communities and provide relevant health and other information and support. Recently we have been working with the ICB partners to deliver the Healthy Heart campaign with 7 NBCT partners.

    The workshop showed what has been achieved and the learning from this work.