08/11/17 West of England Economic Growth Conference

08/11/17 West of England Economic Growth Conference

The West of England Economic Growth Conference is fully supported by the West of England Combined Authority and the West of England LEP and is the region’s biggest business event of 2017 and brings together public and private sector leaders to discuss and debate the key business themes and opportunities for growth. Director Sado Jirde represented BSWN as a key note speaker. 

Bristol Somali Festival 2017

Bristol Somali Festival 2017

The Bristol Somali Festival is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London that is curated by Ayan Mahamoud. This is year’s festival focused on the concept on Identity, Belonging and role of culture within the diaspora community. Thanks to the success of the last year’s Bristol Somali Festival, BSWN in partnership with M Shed and other partners were able to bring Somali Festival to Bristol once again for two days of discussion and activities aimed to celebrate the Somali community in Bristol.  

21/10/17 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion

21/10/17 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion

Due to the incredible demand, and to also bring the documentary back to the community where it was filmed, BSWN hosted a second documentary viewing at the Docklands following the launch event. First, the documentary was screened before the BME community was engaged on their views of the documentary and where Bristol as a city is headed in terms of racial politics, heritage, and belonging. Speakers for the evening included Dr. Edson Burton, Sado Jirde, Kunle Olulode, Delano Gourmet  Moore, Michael Jenkins, Desmond Brown, and Councillor Estella Tincknell.

20/10/17 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate

20/10/17 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate

 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack  a film and history project by BSWN looks at the relationships between heritage, race, identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol.  Charting the changing nature of BME identity in the city through conversations with BME Bristolians across generations and genders (with the help of trained BME volunteers from the community), the documentary features interviews with members of the community, activists and political leaders.  This documentary screening was  followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, Afua Hirsch, Maya Goodfellow, Omar Khan, and David Olusoga. 

20/09/17 ‘A discussion with the Muslim community - developing community led approach to issues facing the community’

20/09/17 ‘A discussion with the Muslim community - developing community led approach to issues facing the community’

 This workshop led by Dr Therese O’Toole (University of Bristol) who has researched and written extensively on radicalisation was an outcome of our ongoing effort to improve relations between the police and local Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Dr. O’Toole shared key findings from her most recent research before the attendees broke into groups for a discussion that focuses on identifying the three greatest challenges the muslim community is currently facing, and what possible community-led approaches could be successful in tackling them. This event was attended by approximately 20 members of the local muslim community, teachers, parents and public sector workers.

02/06/17 Community Round Table Meeting with the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens

02/06/17 Community Round Table Meeting with the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens

The meeting was hosted by BSWN to offer an informal platform to discuss any issues the muslim community might have post - Manchester terrorist attack with the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mounstevens. The meeting also explored wider issues in relation to community policing, and a mechanism for engagement to ensure there is open, transparent and effective way of collaborative working between the OPCC, police and the community to address the imminent threat of extremism in our society.

03/03/17 Addressing BAME Economic Inequality – the role of social investment in harnessing economic growth

03/03/17 Addressing BAME Economic Inequality  – the role of social investment in harnessing economic growth

On the 3rd March 2017, Black South West Network (BSWN) together with Voice 4 Change England (V4CE), Social Investment Business (SIB) and the legal firm Burgess Salmon hosted a half day event to look at exploring the role of social investment across the BAME sector in Bristol, to address BAME economic inequality and the viability of this route for our communities.

07/02/17 VCSE Review: Health and Social care support for the voluntary sector

07/02/17 VCSE Review: Health and Social care support for the voluntary sector

The aim of this event was to provide information about the big developments in health and social care, and in regard to the VCSE Review of how health and social care should be supporting the voluntary sector (https://vcsereview.org.uk/). Furthermore, the event aimed to inform attendees about local developments in Bristol and the South West and to share examples of key developments in social prescribing, health and justice, and new models of healthcare.

19/01/16 'Intercultural City’ Conversation

19/01/16 'Intercultural City’ Conversation

Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and the Bristol Cultural Steering Group has appointed Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) to lead on Bristol’s Cultural Future a plan for culture in the city. In partnership with Black South West Network, we were able to consult 20 residents and VCS organisation representatives around the challenges to the creative industry to Bristol. 

04/01/17 Bristol City Council Corporate Strategy consultation

04/01/17 Bristol City Council Corporate Strategy consultation

Following the launch of Bristol City Council’s draft Corporate Strategy consultation seeking people’s views on a draft five-year plan for the city, Black South West Network working with Cllr Asher Craig & Bristol City Council (BCC) Policy Team, decided to host a Race Equality focused consultation meeting to explore challenges and opportunities for the BAME community that can be fed into the strategy.