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    • Advice

      Dorset Race Equality Council provides members of all Dorset ethnic minority communities with a range of advice for those who experience discrimination and racism.

      If you require help and support please contact us by phone, email, or arrange an appointment for a meeting in our office.


      Click here to find ways of contacting us.


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    • About us
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    • Jobs & Volunteering

      On this site we promote our own vacancies and opportunities as well as various jobs and volunteering opportunites for our communites.

      Speaking other languages, understanding cultures and religions can be an added value when you look for volunteering opportunities or jobs.

      Here are some opportunities in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset which might be of interest:


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  • Communities


    ‘Self-empowered ethnic minority communities contribute to make the whole of our society thrive’

    Dorset Race Equality Council exists to support all ethnic (BME) communities in the Dorset Bournemouth and Poole area.  The assistance we provide not only includes strong and effective representation where ethnicity, culture or religion issues are involved, but a range of other support and guidance to the many thriving BME and multicultural learning groups and societies in the county.  

    This includes participating in our consultation and engagement groups (giving our communities a strong and direct voice); guidance on funding areas and applications, signposting, publicity and promotion of your group or organisations events and activities, networking events, and ‘health checks’ to help you strengthen your group or society; we have a range of valuable publications and practical information sheets in a variety of languages to help you and your group.
    We believe that empowered BME groups and associations contribute greatly to general society, as well as to the effectiveness of local authorities and public service organisations the broader community.  Dorset’s ethnic minority communities contribute strongly to the distinct and welcoming character of our county. 

    Bournemouth for example, is commonly regarded as the place to live in the UK with highest quality of life: its multicultural and multiracial composition, that includes the largest international students’ community outside of London, plays a key part in this reputation.   
    To learn more about how we can help your group or organisation through our community development services, please call, email or make as appointment to see us in person.

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    • Health & Wellbeing

      Dorset Race Equality Council works with the National Health Service [NHS] in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to provide health information of value to black and minority ethnic [BME] people living and working in the area and to provide them with an effective ‘voice’ concerning their experience of NHS services .

      Current campaigns and topical information is published on the Home page and recent ones can be accessed from this Health & Wellbeing section on our website.

      We provide two consultation groups - a BME NHS service users’ engagement network, and a BME carers group – to support BME residents using NHS services in our area. Please contact us for more information if you would like to get involved with the Engagement Network or Carers Groups.

      For information on how to access local health service provision (doctors, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies) visit the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx) for more information.

      Our Mission Statement concerning fairness and inclusion in Healthcare and Social Care

      Dorset Race Equality Council believes that all people should have equal access to medical, health and social care services, and that individuals from ethnic minority communities in Dorset must receive fair and effective treatment from providers.

      We believe that the National Health Service (NHS) is there to serve all members of society in an equitable way: irrespective of their ethnic origin or culture.

      Dorset Race Equality Council wants to hear from you about any gaps in service provision that you or the people you know may be experiencing. People often find it difficult to navigate the NHS system: especially those with complex needs, and as a result their confidence in the NHS is diminished. We want to help restore this confidence, by making sure that everyone receives a comprehensive and joined-up service.

      Working in partnership with the Dorset area NHS and social services, we obtain feedback about the reasons why ethnic minority service users report lower levels of satisfaction than those from the majority population. We are passionate about addressing this challenge and through our work with and on behalf of the communities we serve, we seek to bring about positive change.

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    • Diversity Forum
      The Equality and Diversity Forum is run by Dorset Race Equality Council to offer a platform to discuss topical issues relating to protected characteristic groups and facilitate partnership working to advance equality and diversity in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.
      The protected characteristics that are covered by the Equalities Act 2010 are:
      • age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
      Objectives of our forums:
      • To promote human rights and equality and in particular work towards the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any combination thereof;
      • To build the capability of diverse individuals, groups and organisations within the voluntary and community sector;
      • To promote their effective involvement in the development of policy and the planning and delivery of services
      • The forum is a channel for communication between diverse individuals, and statutory and non-statutory organisations.


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    • Events

      We're promoting and supporting community events across Dorset. In this section you can find information about current and past events, workshops, cultural events, gatherings etc.

      If your event is not on here, get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do.

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    • Consultation Groups


      BME Police Consultation Group

      The Dorset Race Equality Council organises quarterly meetings between the Dorset Police and representatives of Black and Minority Ethnic communities in order to address key issues such as how to tackle racist hate crime and prevent BME people being disproportionality targeted during police Stop and Search activities.


      Muslim Contact Group

      The Dorset Race Equality Council organises quarterly meeting between the Dorset Police and representatives of the Muslim community in order to facilitate communication and understanding. Discussions focus on good news and events in the Muslim community, as well as tensions and matters of concern, such as the impact of events happening in the Muslim world upon local communities.


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  • Projects

    Dorset Race Equality Council is involved in various projects to promote equality and diversity in Dorset.

    We have been successful in obtaining funding to carry out projects in line with our organisation's aim to achieve equality and diversity. Working in partnership and cooperation with other organisations has been crucial to achieve this. 

    Current projects that commenced in 2013 include our involvement in the delivery of Healthwatch Dorset and the Big Lottery-funded Connecting Advice in Dorset Project.  

    Past projects have included the Community Advocacy Project (2010-12) and the Migrant Support Project (2010-12).

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    • Connecting Advice in Dorset

      Working together is key to better advice services in Dorset

      Since December 2013 advice organisations in Dorset  have been working together to make it easier for people to get the advice they need. Funded by the BIG Lottery, the Connecting Advice in Dorset project provides two new advisers, one in urban Bournemouth and one for young people in rural areas across the county, as well as supporting advice organisations to share diminishing resources and find ways of working more efficiently and effectively together.

      Citizens Advice in Dorset, a consortium of all the Citizens Advice bureaux in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, works with Shelter, Dorset Race Equality Council and Ansbury (part of Continuum 0-19) to map all the organisations providing advice in the county, large and small, and to develop a single point of contact alongside rural access points in community facilities, making it easier for people in Dorset to find the advice they need or to get in touch with the organisation who can best help them.

      The partnership also delivers training to staff and volunteers on the front-line in order to boost their knowledge and skills, particularly around the changes to welfare benefits and dealing with discrimination issues, ensuring that organisations are better able to respond to the rising number of people seeking help.

      For more information about the project, contact the Connecting Advice in Dorset Project Manager at info@caidorset.org.uk

      See website: www.caidorset.org.uklottery funded

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    • Healthwatch Dorset

      Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. It exists in two distinct forms – local Healthwatch (for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole it is Healthwatch Dorset) and Healthwatch England, at a national level. The aim of local Healthwatch is to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality

      Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch works to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Whether this is by improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of their services: not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to do so in future as well.

      Healthwatch Dorset is a Community Interest Company established by a partnership of three well-established local organisations - Help & Care, Citizens' Advice in Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council.

      To find out more information about Healthwatch Dorset visit: www.healthwatchdorset.co.uk

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    • Past Projects

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  • Resources

    Welcome to our new website!
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    • Reports

      In this section you will find publications by Dorset Race Equality Council.

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    • Newsletter

      You can find out about various community news, read interesting interviews, reports, race equality discussions and issues locally, mulitcultural events across Dorset and much more from our quaterly newsletter.


      If you have any community news, projects, services or events and you would like us to include it in this publication, please get in touch with our office.

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    • Publications
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  • Archive
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  • Hate Crime

    Race Hate Crime

    "A hate crime is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice against a persons' race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, asylum seeker status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability".

    A hate incident is defined as:

    "Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate".

    Have you been a victim of Race Hate Crime in Dorset?

    If you have, Dorset REC is here to help you, contact us by phone, email, or arrange an appointment.

    In reporting race hate crime you also help protect others who may be suffering in silence and distress from this unacceptable crime.

    Many people are unsure of whether or not they have been victims of race hate incidents. The following may be of assistance in better understanding this unacceptable, anti-social form of behaviour:

    • Physical assault and violence
    • Verbal abuse and harassment
    • Threats and intimidation, humiliation of various kinds
    • Psychological and/or emotional violence
    • Malicious communications, letters, emails & texts
    • Property damage
    • Offensive graffiti
    • Offensive leaflets, posters, abusive gestures                                                                       • Criticising someone because of their visible difference or their accent or their clothing
    • Stereotyping the victim
    • Displaying pictures or images which degrade people from other cultures

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    • Report it

      Why should you report Hate Crime?

      By reporting hate crime when it happens to you, this may help prevent it happening to someone else. It also helps to understand the extent and impact of discrimination or prejudice.

      You can report it as a victim, a witness or on behalf of someone else.

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