Bradford District Assembly

Equalities Forum

The Equalities Forum aims to work with the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Assembly Steering Group and related thematic forums to ensure that equalities work in terms of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010 (age, religion or belief, disability, race, gender, sexuality, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership) as well as social class remain an important focus for the voluntary, statutory and private sector (“partners”).  This will be carried out in accordance with the VCS Assembly principles of:


  • Independence
  • Social justice and sustainability
  • Diversity, dignity and respect
  • Equality and equity
  • Participation and empowerment; responsiveness and accountability
  • Collective wealth creation and social entrepreneurship


The Terms of Ref for this forum can be found below. 


Co-Chair: Penny Wangari-Jones


Co-Chair: Mark Nicholson


Meetings dates can be found on the CNet homepage and all meetings are held at CNet unless otherwise stated. 

If you are interested in joining the forum and attending forum meetings please contact Janet Ford (Assembly Coordinator) on 01274 305045 or email


Ranjit Arora has had to stand down from her role as Bradford District Assembly Equalities Forum Co-chair due to her current commitments.  Therefore nominations are invited to fulfil the role. 

The elected Co-Chair will support the current Chair in carrying out the duties outlined in the “Role and Responsibilities” document (see link below).  Please also refer to the Equalities Forum Terms of Reference which can be found on this page.


Background information:

The BDA is made up of 5 thematic forums:

  • Community Economic Forum (CEF)
  • Health & Well-Being Forum
  • Safer Communities Forum
  • Young Lives Bradford
  • Equalities Forum

Each forum has a chair/co-chair represented on the Assembly Steering Group (ASG) which meets 4 times a year to steer the work of the Assembly and create a conduit between the forums, the wider VCS, the council and other public sector bodies.  
Nomination Process:
Any one person from a group or organisation currently registered as a member of the Equalities Forum is eligible to stand.  
Please return nomination forms (attached) by Tuesday 27 August, 5pm.


Closing date for nominations - Tues 27th August 2019, 5pm

Circulate ballot papers - Fri 30th August 2019

Closing date for ballot papers - Wed 11th September 2019, 5pm  

For further information contact Janet Ford: or 01274 305045.

Equalities Forum Co-chair Roles and Responsibilities (pdf - 180Kb)

Equalities Forum Nomination Form (pdf - 99Kb)

CNet recently hosted an event by the Brexit Civil Society Alliance which aimed to discuss the impact that Brexit may have on communities and voluntary sector organisations.   A summary of the event can be found below. 

Brexit Civil Society Alliance CNet Bradford Roundtable Summary (pdf - 109Kb)