20/11/2018 'Reimagining the BAME VCSE: Connected, resilient, engaged’- Annual review & AGM

BSWN held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the heart of the community in the Malcolm X Centre on 20th November this year. We were pleased to welcome three new trustees this year:
Dr. Foluke Adebisi, Amanda Chappell and Ololade Adesanya. BSWN looks forward to working with the board and benefiting from their guidance and wisdom in the coming year. The AGM was fairly short before the audience heard from our speakers on their vision for the future of the BAME voluntary and community sector in Bristol.

Deputy Mayor Asher Craig highlighted the need for economic growth benefitting all communities in Bristol, in a direction that has been consulted with the needs fo the community by saying "Inclusive economic can only be successful if it's done by the people to the people”.

The audience also heard from Kunle Olulode, the Director of Voice 4 Change England, who discussed their recent partnership with Runnymede Trust, focusing on making a case for Race equality.

BSWN also shared the findings and recommendations from a recent research into the state of the BAME voluntary and community sector, commissioned by Power to Change earlier this year. The discussion was chaired by Dr. Marie-Annick Gournet and focused on identifying ways the sector can better respond and adopt to these changes in a connected, engaged and resilient way to develop effective solutions to complex challenges facing the community.