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', cultural heritage and cultural diversity. 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?".

Episode one takes, as its starting point, the controversy which engulfed the New York, Whitney Biennial in June 2017, in which a white painter, as an intended act of solidarity, depicted the tortured and mutilated remains of Emmett Till. Carol Sidney, in conversation with Runnymede Associate, Dr Malachi McIntosh, asks if the reading of this controversy is an example of cultural appropriation or racial essentialism?

Episode two In August 2017, angry about the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville USA, Munroe Bergdorf used the term "all white people".  Carol Sidney is in conversation with Runnymede Associate David Bryan, management consultant at Xtend UK Ltd, and asks How Do We Talk About Structural Racism?



How To Be A Funder

Funding is always seen as the main barrier to the development of any project, business, social enterprise or charity. In this seminar you get to be the funder. You will have just under £1000 to dispense on `development activities’. But how will you decide who or what will be funded? In fact, how will you decide how to decide? Confused? 

Being the funder means making hard choices and deciding which project(s) will get the go-ahead, and which will not. Many would think is a fantastical and marvellous position to be in. Except, of course, along with the power to decide, comes responsibility.  As with many funding issues, maybe getting the money is only the very beginning of the journey.

We will be running this seminar is four cities:-

Cardiff                Weds 15th May         


Birmingham     Weds 22nd May        


Glasgow            Thurs 23rd May         


Nottingham     Tues 28th May           




In Liverpool  Weds 29th May we will be running How To Use Research To Change the World.




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