Vision, mission, values, objectives

1. Vision

An inclusive, fair and equal society where people from all groups can develop their full potential, and where the voluntary and community sector is fully participating in serving them. 

 

2. Mission

To be a leading social policy research organisation that focuses on race equality and issues affecting the UK’s BAME communities. To strengthen the voice of BAME communities through increased civic engagement and participation in society, and provide representation on issues affecting BAME communities and the sector that was set up to serve them. ROTA will achieve this by working with BAME communities and the BAME sector, and by informing, influencing and increasing the awareness of decision makers, policy makers and stakeholders in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. 

 

Hands holding rope ROTA's definition of 'race' encompasses all the protected characteristics under equality legislation including:
  • colour
  • nationality
  • ethnic or national origin

Consequently, we use the term BAME to refer to all groups who are discriminated against on the aforementioned grounds. This definition includes but is not exclusive to people of African, Asian, Caribbean, European and Eastern European, Irish, Greek, Turkish, Jewish, Roma and South East Asian descent, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

ROTA will achieve this by working with BAME communities and the BAME and equality third sector, and by informing, influencing and increasing the awareness of decision makers, policy makers and stakeholders in the public, private and third sector.

 

3. Values

ROTA is founded upon the four core human rights values that underpin both our internal and external affairs, policy work and relationships with the third sector and stakeholders: Fairness - Respect - Equality - Dignity.

 

4. Strategic objectives 

ROTA has identified seven strategic objectives for future activities. Our strategic objectives help to determine the focus and desired outcomes of all ROTA’s project activities and outputs.

ROTA will:

  • Provide evidence-based policy development focusing on race equality for BAME groups in the UK 
  • Give voice to and representation for issues affecting BAME communities and the voluntary and community sector that serves them
  • Pilot and research new ideas in order to demonstrate new BAME and equality-led models, opportunities and emerging good practice for the benefit of BAME groups and the sector that serves them
  • Work with government and other bodies (locally, regionally and nationally) to ensure that BAME and equality issues and interests are represented and heard
  • Broker relationships between policy makers and BAME communities and their sector, and help build capability and partnerships among different agencies and across sectors
  • Build the capacity of BAME organisations to engage in policy and research and help develop the skills of their workers through training and skills development programmes
  • Facilitate networks, coalitions and partnerships that enable BAME and equality organisations to communicate with each other, work together and share best practice, with the ultimate goal of influencing policy and practice.