Strictly speaking, the part on the Human Rights Act is delivered by Chino Cabon from The Race Equality Centre (TREC), while I present a Beginners Guide to REDP.
The purpose of these seminars is to help Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations appreciate the relevance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to their mission and understand its relationship to equality and diversity issues, as well enabling them to take part in the current debate about the UK withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights and replacing it with a new UK Bill of Rights. These topics will feature prominently in REDP's next regional event, in Derby, 22 March.
As we were involved in a traffic accident on the way back from the seminar in Mansfield last week, we have to get a hire car this morning and can't leave Leicester till 0900. That's cutting it fine to get to Boston within two hours, but we manage it, by the skin of our teeth.
Gathered in the Len Medlock Voluntary Centre (photo above) this morning are five people, representing three local VCS organisations:
The centre is no longer able to provide catering for events such as ours today, so after I've presented my introduction to REDP, I take orders for sandwiches and head out in search of the nearest Marks & Sparks! On the way, I get a good feel for Boston – what I later find out should have involved a round trip of about 20 minutes takes me the best part of an hour, thanks to the usual grand tour provided by Google Maps on my iPhone.