Work Programme

1. Development of the BME Sector

Community engagement

  • Infrastructure support, development of BME fora and improved participation in local partnerships
  • Projects to benefit particular needs e.g. refugees, migrant workers, Gypsies and Travellers
  • Development of the BME evidence base
  • Promotion of the COMPACT
  • Consultation to collect views e.g. on regional policy documents

Education / employment / enterprise

  • Work with partners round ESOL and basic skills provision
  • Workforce development within the sector
  • Work with employers to promote in work opportunities for BME employees
  • Development of work in education; support for the provision of complementary and supplementary schools
  • Partnership work to ensure effective inclusion of BME communities in regeneration projects
  • Partnership work with higher and further education providers to remove barriers that cause inequalities in achievements
  • Development of advocacy programme to help employees who need this, e.g. those who are unable to find suitable employment that matches good qualifications and skills or those facing discrimination in employment
  • Work with partners to improve opportunities for BME communities in volunteering, work placements, shadowing
  • Development of good practice case studies and guidance for service providers e.g. effective personalisation of services
  • Work with Business Links to ensure effective advice for BME entrepreneurs
  • Development to aid BME access to contracts, social enterprise opportunities and income diversification

Health, housing, social care

  • Work to address health inequalities particularly with regard to older and vulnerable BME people
  • Partnership work to improve BME access to affordable and decent housing

Leisure, culture, arts, sports

  • Partnership work to improve BME access to sports and fitness opportunities
  • Information provision on culture and the development of sustainable communities

2. Promotion of Equalities and Advocacy for the BME Sector

  • Work with the Regional Race Equality Councils Partnership to coordinate work on race equality in the region
  • Work to develop a VCS network for all the equality strands
  • Work to develop a cross sectoral equalities forum to coordinate equalities work in the region and form links with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

3. Building a Strong, Informed and Effective Regional Network

  • Formalisation of MENTER communication and consultation strategy
  • Promotion of leadership opportunities
  • Programme to ensure voice of under represented groups e.g. young people
  • Link with the national BME partnership to ensure local and regional BME concerns are heard in national policy development
  • Information, advice and partnership work to ensure that the wider sector is informed of BME needs, contribution and potential

Ultimately MENTER success will be founded on tackling John Adam’s problem: “The poor man’s conscience is clear; yet he is ashamed...He is not disapproved, censured, or reproached; he is only not seen…To be wholly overlooked, and to know it, are intolerable”.

MENTER will do all it can to ensure that BME communities never experience the intolerability of being overlooked but instead, are valued as the essential contributors they are to this society.

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