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The Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum was established in 2008, to better engage with groups supporting BME Youth and to enable them to work together and to share good practice. This has now been broadened to include women, mental health, elderly, new and emerging communities, Gypsy Roman Travellers, etc.
It has also established links with a range of service providers such as the Police, Young Peoples Service, Health, Housing etc to engage with and understand the needs, challenges and issues facing the BME community and mainstream service providers.
The Forum now has a membership of around 80 groups within Preston and has appointed a community chair.
1. To consult and co-ordinate on the barriers / issues facing BME Communities to achieve social inclusion and Community Cohesion.
2. To implement change to achieve Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion by acting as a task and finish group.
3. To give BME communities a focus group to voice opinions and concerns to help steer and guide the forum’s action plan.
4. To celebrate and recognize the successes and achievements of BME communities by sharing best practice.
5. The Inclusion Reference Group to acknowledge and support the BME forum.
6. To take the lead on behalf of the Inclusion Reference Group on all matters relating to BME inclusion.
7. To provide advice and make recommendations to all the groups within the Preston Partnership Working on all appropriate matters as may be necessary from time to time.
8. To map current activities of partners active in this area with a view to identifying any gaps in provision, areas for the improvement of co-ordination and the resolution of duplication.
9. To develop and operate effective methods for sharing of information, between members, and other partners, as necessary.
Some of its achievements to date include:
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