The Greenwich BME Forum is open to all BME-led organisations or organisations that have services that specifically target BME groups. It enables BME Voluntary and Community Organisations in the borough to share information and collaborate with each other, and represents BME groups’ views to public bodies and funders. The BME Forum has identified five priority areas on which to focus its work:
- adults at risk (including older people)
- children, youth and education
Our vibrant quarterly Forum meetings are attended by around 35-40 BME organisations; representing groups working with the Asian, African, Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern communities. Meetings include presentations by BME organisations on their work, discussions on the BME Forum’s priority areas, opportunities to network and identify collaboration, and information on BME funding, policies and events. Please visit Forum Meetings page for full details.
BME Workshops and training
We hold several themed workshops to provide training, information sharing and collaborative work with service providers on the key areas. Previous workshops have included:
- Supporting BME adults at risk
- Supporting BME Parents
- BME Health
Advocacy and work with service providers
We hold regular meetings with statutory and other service providers, including the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, Greenwich NHS and Oxleas, and Job Centre Plus. These meetings provide opportunities to address gaps and inequalities in services. For example, working with the NHS on improving the interpretation services at GP surgeries, and with the Council’s Children’s Service to ensure that BME parents are aware of activities and support for their children.
The BME e-bulletin is issued six times a year and keeps you up to the minute with funding opportunities, guidance and news relevant to the BME sector. Contact GAVS to sign up.
For more information about any of the above activities, please contact GAVS.