As a teenager Brad Smith, brap
founder, built his dream bike and in 2005, aged just 18, set off for China to secure a manufacturer and subsequently establish his company around a mission to make motorcycling fun and affordable.
Figures presented by the StopWatch human rights group and thinktank Brap
claimed young black men in Birmingham were 28 times more likely to be stopped than young white men.
There was undoubtedly something of the Dragon's Den about the process but in tribute to the five applicants - BRAP
, Envision, Changemakers, the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs and the Birmingham Royal Ballet - they could all have persuaded even Duncan Bannatyne to get his wallet out.
He was also handed the Shining Light Award at the recent BRAP
awards for his "forward thinking and straight talking approach" to helping people off drugs for more than ten years.
On Wednesday five Birmingham charities - BRAP
, Envision, the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs, Changemakers and the Birmingham Royal Ballet - will all pitch to a panel from the Foundation for a grant of pounds 140,000 each year for two years with the option of a third year.
Speaking at a conference on the future of black and minority ethnic (BME) enterprises organised by Birmingham charity brap
, Lynda Waltho said: "As a government, we want to meet the challenges of the recession.
SEWM network director Kevin Maton said: "We are extremely pleased with the decision because all the projects will be addressing gaps in provision identified by our members and delivered by organisations with a track record in supporting the sector including UnLtd World, iSE, brap
and More than Outputs.
Matrix Communication has been commissioned by brap
, formerly Birmingham Race Action Partnership, to develop marketing and communication tools for local voluntary organisations as part of its R2O project.
Ex-Specials member Neville Staple and singer from The Beat, Ranking Roger, came together for a special gig at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of Birmingham-based equalities and human rights charity brap
Ex-Specials front man Neville Staples and Beat singer Ranking Roger have joined up to promote the 10th anniversary of Birmingham's leading equalities charity, brap
Dr Chris Allen is Director of Research & Policy at brap
(formerly Birmingham Race Action Partnership)