Black South West Network was delighted to host the first BAME Voluntary Sector Network Meeting for African/Caribbean & Asian heritage organisations on Monday 14th January 2019 at the City Hall. This meeting provided an opportunity for local BAME-led voluntary sector organisations to meet and discuss the challenges they face and the opportunities within the city.
The core priorities identified at the last meeting are listed and will be taken into account in planning the agenda for future bi-monthly meetings:
1. Increasing knowledge accessibility by sharing expertise, support and information, e.g. Council updates or funding information.
2. Reducing competition by increasing collaboration and partnerships.
3. A clarity of purpose for the sector to allow a collective narrative to be shaped.
4. Understanding of power-base and planning on how to tackle issues, e.g. Afrophobia.
5. True inclusivity and ability to affect change, e.g. a strong voice for BAME groups.
6. Ensuring that the language and the platforms used are accessible to everybody.
To see the full event summary, please see the BSWN website here.
In this respect, we have themed the next meeting: 'Barriers faced by BAME Voluntary Sector organisations in applying to funding' and have invited Bristol City Council and Quartet Community Foundation to do a presentation on their contribution to this theme. Next network meeting has been scheduled as follows:
6.00 Welcome and Introduction
6.10 Update from Bristol City Council by Deputy Mayor Asher Craig
6.15 Guest Speaker: Keith Houghton, Community Resources Manager at Neighbourhoods & Communities Service, on Community Infrastucture Levy (CIL)
6.35 Guest Speaker: Deb Joffe, Philanthropy Officer at Quartet Community Foundation
6.50 Panel and discussion: Barriers faced by BAME Voluntary Sector organisations in applying to funding
7.45 Closing remarks and networking
8.00 Close of event
To book your ticket for this meeting, please see our Eventbrite page here.