BAME Listening Event Key Points

BAME Listening Event Key Points

Presenters at the BAME Listening Event described some incredible work happening across our communities!

For example

  • Practical mentoring schemes for positive parenting, promoting wellbeing, dignity and cultural appreciation / awareness.
  • Positive pathway projects for young people and inclusive support programmes for those who do not have English as a first language.
  • Creative approaches with intergenerational projects to help tackle issues such as loneliness, isolation, mental health and well-being
  • Projects that bring people together to celebrate diversity through art
  • Supporting homeless and vulnerable people with no recourse to public funds with (at times culturally sensitive) food provision, shelter, mental health and well-being support.
  • Helping to address digital poverty with the supply of laptops to needing families
  • Feeding NHS staff and care givers during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Supplying vital PPE to care establishments during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Providing education and schools to ensure that heritage is preserved for future generations
  • An increase in partnership working – not just with community groups but local authority departments and health and support services


However, there is still a lot of work to do. Those who attended the Listening Event described future improvements to include

  • For any consultations, future service decisions / policy considerations to be done so ensuring fair representation from the group that it most affects!
  • Active efforts made for decision makers and service leaders to create relationships and a much greater understanding of the diverse cultures of Southend
  • Training on cultural awareness
  • More work that focuses on young people – influence on the next generation of community members
  • More non-judgemental mentoring programmes concerning domestic violence, mental health and Covid-19 health support information
  • Young people- this future society – to be informed and encouraged to celebrate their culture and history in order to feel empowered.
  • Action that reflects the urgency of the developing situation – our young people are not waiting.
  • A true representation of the diversity across Southend reflected in future projects / policy changes
  • An open minded and creative approach to future funding allocations.
  • New & creative ways of engaging with communities who are not often heard from.
  • An awareness of hate crime – particularly on social media
  • Better representation of BAME members in local authorities