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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.

EMBridge locally based partner programme

The Mighty Creatives EMBridge organisation has launched the second phase of the Locally based partner programme, an opportunity for partnerships of organisations who use arts and culture to support children and young people from culturally diverse communities to tender for investment up to £30,000.


Voice4Change England / Voluntary Arts BME event – 6 June

Voice4Change England and Voluntary Arts are running a free event looking at the state of the BME voluntary arts sector on Thursday 6 June from 6pm to 9pm at Resource for London Conference Hall, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.


Lobbying Politicians and Policy Makers

Voice4Change England has launched their new guide to lobbying and influencing politicians, which has been adapted from a briefing provided by Voluntary Arts UK.


Action Deafness HearNow Forward project

One East Midlands member Action Deafness’ HearNow project, which was funded for three years by Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, has received new funding from the Big Lottery Fund to establish a continuation project.

Trustee vacancies at Voice4Change England

Voice4Change England is recruiting for a new treasurer and co-opted trustees to join their Board of Trustees, helping to diversify the skills of the board and thereby strengthen their ability to achieve their mission.


Ethnic Politics website

Ethnic Politics, a website that looks into voting patterns in BME communities, is now live.


Community-based English Language competition: stage 2

The Department for Communities and Local Government are running a competition to discover innovative ways of delivering community-based English language programmes that will help to integrate participants into their local communities.


End Racism This Generation

End Racism This Generation is a three-year public awareness and advocacy campaign led by the Runnymede Trust.


Religious Diversity Workshops

The Multi Faith Centre are running two Religious Diversity Workshops on Tuesday 14 May in Nottingham and Tuesday 21 May in Derby, both from 9.30am to 4.30pm, exploring the art and challenge of living with diversity.


BME Volunteers needed in East Midlands

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) are recruiting for BME volunteers in the East Midlands to join their team of volunteers who can support families from a BME background.



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