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WECA

MELA coming to Warrington

July 12, 2016 | Nick Taylor

MELA is coming to Warrington and you are all invited.

Warrington Ethnic Communities Association (WECA) aims to support culturally diverse communities (black, minority and ethnic) to promote community cohesion in Warrington.

It was formed in January 2004 to act as an umbrella body for ‘grassroots’, community and voluntary ‘minority’ groups in Warrington.

WECA represents culturally diverse groups at strategic and community level. It works with both statutory and non-statutory services to identify needs, advocates wishes and changes of Warrington’s culturally diverse communities.

WECA is kindly supported by Warrington Voluntary Action, who have seconded a Research and Development Officer to the organisation, to carry out participatory action research and engagement project. The aim of the project is to engage with ethnic communities and professional bodies to address social issues and improve services and policies impacting culturally diverse communities.

WECA promotes and works collaboratively with culturally diverse communities and statutory and non-statutory services to generate social change through consultation, research and engagement work. Through its research and development work, it supports and shapes Warrington’s policy development and service delivery to meet needs of the town’s changing demographics.

WECA’s widely known across Warrington and the North West for organising the yearly cultural festival known as the ‘Mela’. This major event brings together different communities to celebrate music, dance, entertainment and food of different cultures. It’s the most happening, inspiring and popular event for the whole community!

And the 2016 MELA is coming to the town on Sunday 24th July 2016 – and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace asks everyone to support this great event.

To find out more:

Download the poster here:

Warrington MELA

More about WECA

The Association’s purpose is the promotion of the minority ethnic community voluntary sector in Warrington for the public benefit. WECA will do this by:

1. Acting as a representative of the minority ethnic community voluntary sector in relation to statutory and non-statutory decision-making systems to adequately reflect the needs and wishes of ethnic community groups in Warrington;

2. Identify needs in the minority ethnic community voluntary sector and providing small grants to enable minority ethnic community groups to address such needs;

3. Identify needs in the minority ethnic community voluntary sector and providing small grants to enable minority ethnic community groups to address such needs;

4. liaising between charities, voluntary organisations, government agencies and other groups on relevant issues.