Common Cause Network

Supporting ambition, creativity, vision and leadership in BME communities

The Runnymede Trust is currently piloting a series of support networks for Black and Minority-Ethnic (BME) individuals and groups who are actively leading and developing their own projects and ideas, or founding their own organisations and businesses. The networks are being seeded across 5 cities: Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool.

We have now registered over 100 participants to our Networks, all of whom are developing the broadest range of projects from asylum seekers and refugee support groups, social action and activism, small businesses, community businesses, arts projects, theatre performances, festivals, media, education, heritage and community development projects. All are BME people eager to make a positive impact on their communities.

Join the Common Cause Network to:

  • Gain clarity about your project or idea with peer group feedback and guidance
  • Define and take those smaller ‘next steps’ necessary to develop your project or idea
  • Improve your research, project management, fundraising and presentation skills
  • Learn more about yourself as you take on a leadership role

You are welcome to call Project Manager Carol Sidney, for an informal chat about your work and/or how joining one of the Networks can support you. Tel 0207 377 9222.  Click here for more general information. Or Email Carol at



Conversations About Race is a new podcast series where Carol Sidney interviews a range of speakers in the Runnymede network, examining broader issues of race and racism, difference,`otherness' and cultural heritage. It is an attempt to examine the wider society and the context in which BME leaders are attempting to develop their ideas and projects. Each episode, uses a news story as a starting point and asks questions such as "What is Institutional Racism?" and "Are Black Lives Minimal Lives?". In this first conversation with Runnymede Associate, Dr Malachi McIntosh, we examine the notions of cultural appropriation and racial essentialism.


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