‘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.
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.
Call to BME Enterpreneurs: Could you be your own boss? Now there's an idea.
Have you ever dreamed of starting a business but were unsure of who to ask for advice? Outset Bournemouth offers hands-on, vocational support and guidance, tailored for you. Outset's programme helps people living in Bournemouth to start their own business. Thanks to being fully funded by Bournemouth Borough Council, The European Regional Development Fund and JP Morgan, Outset is completely free to use.
The Outset programme
Outset is a really flexible, tailor-made support programme designed to suit your needs – they never take a generic, one-size-fits-all approach!