BMECP, set up in 2000, is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. BMECP, a BME infrastructure and umbrella organisation works with diverse BME community groups and organisations, individuals and their families in Brighton andHoveincluding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Communities. BMECP is governed by a Board of 18 Trustees representing the diverse communities that it works with.
Our Vision is to be the Champions of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Community in Brighton & Hove.
Our Mission is to ‘Facilitate the development of a strong and sustainable BME voluntary and community sector by creating an effective and unified voice, addressing the causes of social exclusion, and promoting a cohesive community.’
BMECP has been reflecting on the past and has identified agreed goals and strategic aims with a new focus, ’’ A sustainable BMECP Centre’’ is our guiding principle, under which we can all rally to achieve the following 6 goals.
- Formalise BMECP Centre as a SocialEnterprise
- Achieve financial independence
- Develop a volunteer programme
- Develop the research and consultation framework
- Develop training, development and consultancy framework
- Review BMECP Engagement & Marketing strategy in its role as a BME Infrastructure and BME engagement organization.
BMECP currently provides the following services/projects
BMECP has a link with diverse BME community groups and organisations locally. There are about 45 groups and organisations on BMECP database. This work includes the following:
- Developing and Managing the BMECP Centre a welcoming space for the community with affordable meeting rooms and office space including hot desking facility.
- Developing and supporting BME community groups and organisations and working with other organisations to ensure appropriate delivery of support.
- Acting as a link between services and BME communities, ensuring that information on services is made available and that they participate in decision making processes that affect their lives. This is undertaken in partnership with the BMECP Community Champions.
- Ensuring that BME issues are represented at various forums and partnerships undertaken in partnership with the BMECP Community Champions
- Undertaking research and needs assessment and supporting such processing and ensuring that BME communities participate.
- Delivering on and signposting people to relevant volunteering and employment related support and where appropriate providing training and one to one support in partnership with other organisations
- Delivering on and signposting people to relevant business start up support and where appropriate providing training and one to one support in partnership with other organisations.
One Stop Shop Service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This drop in service is available on Fridays at the Centre from 11.00am to 2.00pm in partnership with Money Advice Community Support Services (MACSS) who provide welfare benefits information and advice as well as minimum immigration related information and advice. We laso have community safety and hate crime officers in attendance to deal with any hate crime related issues. Refreshments are provided. This also provides space to meet other people thus reducing isolation and also gives an opportunity to access information on other things displayed at the Centre.
BMECP Elders, Chinese Elders Group, Hindu Elders Group and Arabic Speaking Elders Group
The BMECP 50+ Group meet every Thursday at the Centre from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. About 30 members attend the group although there are 75 members are registered. This provides them with space to meet others and share a hot lunch. The activities include gentle exercise, boccia game, wii games, films, talks from other service providers and outings in the summer to gardens with space for the elders to exercise. The group is made up of diverse members some of whom represent other local BME elders groups. The Chinese Group meets at the Centre on Fridays and they also have exercises and share some lunch. They also have other services coming to speak to them. The Arabic Speaking Elders Group meet in Hangleton.