The Central Regional Equality Council recently welcomed a new operations and development manager with the aim of re-invigorating the charity.
Arun Gopinath has been tasked with ensuring financial stability and reaching out to build a strong volunteering programme as part of his new role at CSREC.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “In light of The Scottish Governments renewed focus on eliminating discrimination the Board of CSREC has decided not to allow our organisation to wither and die on the in and is taking some bold steps to not only keep the organisation going but also to reinvigorate and re-launch it altogether.
“To that end we decided to seek a dynamic and experienced person to take on a new role of Operations and Development Manager, someone who could hit the ground running and help take CSREC forward and help us find the funding and partnerships to re-establish CSREC at the centre of equalities and anti-discrimination work within the Forth Valley.
“We believe in Arun Gopinath we have found that person.”
The Central Regional Equality Council has a history going back more than thirty years when it was set up as a Racial Equality Council. Since the creation of The 2010 Equalities Act the organisation now has responsibility to recognise and represent all of the protected characteristics of the act covering all forms of discrimination that affects many different groups of people from the young to the elderly no matter what their ethnic background, faith, gender, physical ability or sexual orientation.
Angus MacDonald MSP welcomed the re-launch of CSREC and Arun’s appointment. He said: “I wholeheartedly support the work that the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council does to promote justice, parity and cross-cultural relations in my constituency of Falkirk East and throughout the wider Forth Valley area.
“I wish Arun well in steering CSREC forward and helping to increase its positive social impact and reach.
“In these economically challenging times, it is vital that an organisation like CSREC is sufficiently resourced and supported in order to be an effective advocate of equality and fairness and to meet the needs of the communities it seeks to represent.”
The organisation has previously worked with Show Racism & Bigotry The Red Card, The Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland.