Engaging diverse community into public life and the democratic process

(adapted form an email from ELREC)

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) invites you to its community engagement event on Engaging diverse community into Public Life and the Democratic Process.

Date: 28 October 2015, Wednesday

Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX

(Beside the Mosque Kitchen)


The event aims to raise awareness and encourage black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to enter into public life and become more involved in the democratic process providing advice, information and showcasing the ‘role-models’.

Inspirational guest speakers (Role Models) who currently held a public position (MSPs, Councillors, Community Councillors, Public Appointees) from minority ethnic backgrounds will share their own experiences of public life and how they overcome the barriers that many minority ethnic individuals may face.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the guests to get practical insightful advice and useful tips.

On-site facility will be provided by the Lothian Joint Valuation Board (Electoral Registration Officer) at the event’s stall. Moreover, participants can update/check their personal details held on electoral roll.

Information will be available on the following organisations:

  • Community Councils
  •  Major political parties
  • Electoral Commission
  • Public Appointments Commissioner

The event is free and open to minority ethnic individuals live/work across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Please come and find out more about different levels of public life and find your point of start into public life.

Light refreshments and tea/coffee will be provided. Places are limited so booking is required. You can book online: http://diversityinpubliclife.eventbrite.co.uk, by telephone: 0131556 0441, or by email: mrahman@elrec.org.uk

Please circulate this invitation to your contacts who you think might be interested in this event. Click to download the event flyer: (PDF version) and the the image version (JPG version)

ELREC very much looks forward to welcoming you.

Many thanks

Mizan Rahman

Equality Engagement Officer

Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council, 14 Forth Street, Edinburgh EH1 3LH

Tel: 0131 556 0441  | Fax: 0131 556 8577 | email: MRahman@elrec.org.uk  | www.elrec.org.uk