"The aim of the BME Network is to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people in North Somerset who are socially excluded on the grounds of their ethnic origin"
The aim of the BME Network is to reach out to those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in North Somerset to ensure they are receiving appropriate services, link people up with one another and help groups evolve; to engage with existing groups and associations; to set up a social network which can give the minority ethnic community a voice, be a focal point for the BME voluntary sector and promote joint working between different minority ethnic groups to increase their engagement with public agencies and promote good race relations.
Our impact on the community
We've offered support to over 3,000 people from over 50 nationalities speaking many different languages. We've supported the establishment of 8 independent BME groups which are affiliated to the Network; provided health, social care, housing & employment advice to hundreds of people; reduced social isolation & built confidence; enabled people to move to employment; significantly increased awareness in key local organisations and supported them to meet statutory obligations under the Equalities Act
BME Network for all Ethnic Minorities in North Somerset, promoting multi-cultural appreciation
The Network was set up to "represent the views and wishes of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in North Somerset, be a focal point for the BME voluntary sector, provide mutual support in the face of difficulties and prejudice, contribute to the planning and development of local services and enable BME groups and individuals to fully participate in the economic and social life of the area". We now have a Centre to welcome new arrivals and provide a meeting place for BME groups
Why the community needs usHistorically there has been a lack of support and understanding of the needs of the BME population & the benefits that a rich & diverse population can bring to the area. We offer support & promote cross-cultural awareness by providing a focal point for BME voluntary groups; reducing isolation by offering a drop-in and social opportunities; improving confidence and independence by links to health, social care, housing & employment; encouraging participation & contribution to the wider community
Volunteers needed to help staff our new office premises, publicise the Network, seek out and support isolated BME individuals and encourage their participation in our activities. Listening and networking skills required. Also fundraising and administrative help is needed. All volunteers will receive a warm welcome and support to help them in their task.