We would like to build on this track record and improve the support that we provide to BAMER groups in Hackney. We are working through VCS representatives to promote to the statutory sector (Council and NHS) the roles that BAMER and small organisations can play in supporting health and social care. We see these as including:
Co-producing a collective BAMER forum to strengthen local influencing
We are looking for ways to strengthen BAMER groups to come together to influence local policy and decision making affecting BAMER communities, ensuring their voices are represented to the Council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other bodies.
There are already several Hackney forums that serve different parts of this community, including the Hackney Refugee & Migrants Forum and the African Carribean Think Tank.
We would like to work with these groups to explore whether they could come together, either as a new forum or as a linked coalition. We would then support this new body to have a stronger collective voice, have the capacity to do more effective influencing and be able to support BAMER communities through local grant making.
Hackney CVS has been invited to submit a proposal to the CCG by September for this and we and invite any BAMER groups and existing forums to co-produce a proposal with us. Initial thoughts about priorities for the proposal are:
Under this umbrella, we will support specific projects that can add value to BAMER community groups and contribute to improving service delivery and influencing. Similar to the Migrant Support Network, these projects will have a specific focus, whether that is providing support to specific sections of the BAMER community, tackling a particular issue or theme that the group has identified as a priority, or building the capacity of the BAMER network as a whole.
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