On Monday 29th April, Black South West Network held its third Voluntary and Community Sector Network meeting to explore the themes of the One City Plan and opportunities for the community to engage with its delivery. With approximately 50 people in the room, attendance vastly increased from the previous encounter, proving that the initiative has sparked big interest and met the desires of numerous VCS representatives in the city.
On the 27th March BSWN hosted a roundtable meeting at Bristol City Hall with key BAME business leaders and community representatives, to discuss the opportunity for locating one of Avon Mutual new branches in East Bristol or potentially within the Enterprise Hub that BSWN is in the process of developing for BAME communities and entrepreneur
On the 20th of March, Black South West Network has successfully engaged more than 60 BAME entrepreneurs during the second Bristol Urban, Enterprise & Innovation Network event, proving that the initiative has met the desire of the diverse business communities in the city and that it has great potential to grow.
Informed by the BAME Voluntary and Community Sector Summer Research findings commissioned by Power to Change, BSWN has been preparing a framework for how to take strategic action to build a better connected, sustainable and resilient BAME VCS Sector in Bristol. On the 14th of January, during the bi-monthly Black VCS network meeting, BSWN presented to a room of 25 people representing major African/Caribbean and Asian heritage organisations in the city a proposal for an 18-month programme to improve connectivity, sustainability and resilience.