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The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community sector (VCS) is hugely diverse and this section aims to bring together resources and information for the BME VCS. There is no one definition of a black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisation (BME VCO). The BME voluntary and community sector is hugely diverse and whilst some organisations are quite clearly a part of the BME voluntary and community sector (like those delivering services to a targeted community), others sit more on the margin.

For some leadership and self determination is a defining factor, for others it is the drive to work with parts of the BME community suffering deprivation, exclusion and poverty. Some add it is not only who they work with but how they work with them.

Gypsy traveller cultural awareness training

The Romany Gypsy Educational Resources, who are members of the Romany gypsy community, are offering a half day workplace based training session for up to 10 members of staff for a one off fee of £300.


Sport provider engagement with BME communities

Sporting Equals, which aims to promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged, especially the BME population, in sport and physical activity, has stated that it is essential that the strategies and plans of sport organisations and regional bodies targeted with engaging BME groups in sport and improving health outcomes adapt to the changing face of the population.


Drama training for newly arrived migrants

Two of the challenges which affect many newly arrived migrants are a lack of language skills and a lack of basic knowledge of financial matters. INTEGRA has developed an Integration Kit, which includes the outlines of six workshops that use drama to develop language skills for dealing with financial matters.


Housing and migration pack

The Metropolitan Migration Foundation have produced a Housing and Migration Network practice pack, highlighting how housing associations and charities can provide short-term housing and support for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK.


Housing and Migration Network destitution pack

The Housing and Migration Network has launched a destitution pack highlighting how housing associations and charities can work together to provide short-term housing, as well as the support needed, for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK.


Asylum seekers and volunteering

Following Volunteering England’s recent letter to the Home Office, in conjunction with Refugee Action, seeking clarification of the policy regarding permission to volunteer for asylum seekers who have had their appeal rights exhausted, the head of asylum policy at UKBA has asked for a meeting with them.


Tell it like it is

Published by the Refugee Council, Tell it like it is outlines the basic facts about asylum seekers and refugees, which are often at odds to stories reported in the press and online.


Bursary scheme for BME charities

Charities that are based outside London, including those working in the fields of BME, refugee and asylum, who meet the eligibility criteria of the Charities Evaluation Service (CSE) could receive a bursary to attend a CES training course at their training venue in London.


A journey through equalities – Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire

Links CVS are developing a project to share and understand the life histories and experiences of BME and disabled people living in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.


Metropolitan Migration Foundation

Launched on 4 October, the Metropolitan Migration Foundation’s small grants programme offers grants of up to £5,000 to VCS organisations working with migrants, their households and the communities they live in.



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