BME Voice & Influence

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 Bristol Commission for Race Equality

A recent statement from Bristol’s Commission for Race Equality can be found here

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The core aims of Bristol BME Voice is to deliver and support activities that will increase opportunities for black and minority ethnic people (BME) and communities in Bristol to play an integral role in influencing decisions made about their lives and the city, this includes issues related to health, education, employment and criminal justice.

The project is managed by Voscur but primarily works with a range of people from BME communities so that together we can influence decisions, ensure the needs of BME communities are included and represented in policy-making as a priority to eliminating race inequality and disadvantage.

We take a positive action approach to:

  • Support the participation of BME communities and groups in local and citywide community and social action.
  • Create opportunities to increase the representation and collective voice of BME communities and groups so they are seen, heard and influencing change.
  • Drive communication with BME communities, groups and Bristol’s key agencies to encourage co-design processes that will transform provision and services to become inclusive.

A key area of work is the delivery of the Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality. Bristol BME Voice leads on managing the Manifesto launched in March 2015 in memory of Batook Pandya, the founder of SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

We work with the Manifesto for Race Equality steering group to deliver its aims. Steering group members are active in mobilising the city to prioritise the challenges for addressing race inequality and create a city that is equal for all. Our work in achieving this has included campaigns, briefings, conferences, round table events, skills development, hustings and feeding into policy. We work directly with the Bristol Mayor and other strategic leaders on the city’s priorities so we can directly effect change.

Bristol BME Voice provides regular communications including via email, twitter and our website to keep communities and groups updated about policy development, consultations, campaigns and events. We aim to encourage and mobilise the involvement of people in activity that will eliminate discrimination and inequality and foster good relationships.

Bristol BME Voice is always seeking to work with partners who want to achieve similar aims. For example recent work include: Rethink, CASS, SARI and Ujima radio on issues of inequality for BME people in mental health services (2016); SARI, Avon and Somerset Black Police Association and Babbasa youth service to recognise achievements of BME young people (2015/16), Black South West Network on a roundtable influencing workshop focused on Runnymede Trust race equality data (2016); Bristol City Council and Job Centre plus to deliver a careers fair (2015); Hope Not Hate and Lakota on a voter registration campaign (2016).

Bristol BME Voice works with Voscur’s Support Hub to signpost and offer one to one support to groups in order to support their organisational development needs.

Bristol BME Voice is a member of the BEING equalities forum in Bristol, we meet bi-monthly to collaborate on a collective and strategic approach to amplifying the voice influence on issues of equalities in the city.