The National Lottery Community Fund and The Ubele Initiative, on behalf of The Phoenix Way Partners, have announced a new £50 million partnership aimed at boost funding and support to Black and racially minoritised charities and grassroots groups over the next five years.

‘The Phoenix Way’ aims to create a series of national and regional panels, made of leaders and decision-makers from charities and grassroots groups across England. The Phoenix Way builds on The Phoenix Fund, a £2.4 million community-led fund co-designed and co-led by community leaders.

You are invited to a meeting to discuss what a North East regional hub for organisations led by and working with Black and racially minoritised groups might look like as part of the Phoenix Way.

The meeting will take place from 9.15 to 11am on Tuesday 7th September and will be facilitated by Ngozi Lyn Cole. You will hear from Alison Navarro, Ubele and Sado Jirde, Black South West Network.

We have not had a specialist regional hub or infrastructure body for Black and racially minoritised groups across the North East and Cumbria for many years. This is just the start of a conversation and there are no preconceptions of where the discussion might end up.

Please come with your thoughts on the following questions and any other points that are important to you:

  1. Do you think we need a regional hub/peer forum/infrastructure body for the North East? If so, why? If not, why not?
  2. Are there gaps in the support that you receive as leaders that can be filled by a regional body?
  3. What would you expect from such a body?
  4. What can you offer to help develop the thinking towards setting up a body e.g. time or other resources?
  5. What challenges can we expect if setting up a body?
  6. What do you think should be our first step after this meeting?

Please confirm your attendance by accepting this invitation no later than noon on Friday September 3rd. If you have any questions, please email; Alison at or Ngozi at

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