‘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.
Kushti Bok issued this press release today:
Thirty years on from the Battle of the Beanfield, Gypsies and Travellers still face huge levels of hostility and prejudice according to Kushti Bok, the Dorset charity that aims to provide a voice for Gypsies and Travellers. On Tuesday, 2nd June, Kushti Bok hosted an inter-agency meeting that pledged to address negative stereotypes and to work for improved community relationships.
“As a group of agencies working together, we can be much more effective,” explained Councillor Andrew Kerby of North Dorset District Council whose portfolio includes Gypsy and Traveller Liaison.
“All of us need to be reminded of our duties under the Equalities Act, 2010,” said Kelly Haggett, Dorset County Council’s Officer for Equality and Diversity.“Not only do we have a legal duty to protect our Gypsy and Traveller communities, more importantly we have a moral duty, not only to protect but to celebrate the contribution of Gypsy and Traveller communities in Dorset.”
Those present and agreeing to a multi-agency approach to tackling prejudice and negative stereotypes included (left to right)
Daniel Biggs, of Borough of Poole
Nathalie Sherring of Dorset Race Equality Council
Councillor Andrew Kerby of North Dorset District Council
Kelly Haggett of Dorset County Council and the Dorset Forum for Equality and Diversity
Revd Roger Redding of the Diocesan Support Group for the Gypsy and Traveller Chaplain
Betty Smith-Billington of GTR Media
Emma Scott of West Dorset District Council and the South West Multi-Cultural Network
Councillor Pauline Batstone of Dorset County Council and North Dorset District Council, also a member of the Chaplain’s Support Group
Kim Creswell of Kushti Bok
The photographer was Jenny Galuschka of Kushti Bok.
Your local Dorset library will be able to order a book in almost any language for you.
The ‘All Different All Dorset’ video which shows people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds talking about their experiences of living within Dorset is now ready to watch on You Tube, simply click here to see it.
The movie was a project lead by Bournemouth University which has been developed in partnership with the local community and has received support from Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, West Dorset Council Local Authorities as well as the Dorset Race Equality Council.
Please also visit a link to the All Different All Dorset survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L5R2867) which aims to establish whether watching the videos has raised your awareness of how people from different cultural backgrounds experience life in Dorset.