The Manchester Beacon commissioned Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO) to undertake a snap-shot consultation in neighbourhoods adjacent to the Universities including Ardwick, Hulme, Moss Side, Rusholme, Longsight and Salford.
Funded by the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to promote engagement between universities and local communities, the aim was to identify needs, aspirations and gaps of a cohort of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) citizens within the target areas to inform the development of a programme of activities that was shaped and championed by local people. Participants stated they would like a programme with specific cultural references that they could relate to including a BAME leadership course. This resulted in STEP UP, a bespoke leadership development programme designed to support and mentor leaders from the BAME communities which was launched during the Manchester Beacon Summit Week 2009. The STEP UP leadership programme included a series of free short courses in the following areas:
- Mentoring and coaching
- Performance Management
- Negotiating skills
- Conflict management
- Change management
- Creative thinking
- Influencing skills
- Train the trainer
The programme was followed up with a mentoring & coaching scheme to enable participants to carry on developing and applying their leadership skills to everyday practice and ‘Step Up’ into governance roles at a range of institutions, including Universities.
Rushi Munshi, the Regional Director for the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations said:
“Things haven’t ended after the programme ended.”