Somerset Diverse Communities

Somerset Diverse Communities has supported over 40 black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities across Somerset over the past 2 years with funding and advice.

If you are part of a community group, would like to start one, or need help expanding the work you’re already doing – or for anything else – feel free to contact our Community Engagement Workers, Michal and Jusna. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact our team

Jusna Mustafa

jusna@somersetrcc.org.uk

Michał Pużyński

07377 363165

michal@somersetrcc.org.uk

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Meraz Aziz, British Bangladeshi Association (BBA) Somerset
Somerset Diverse Communities (SDC) has been helping us since the very beginning, they are always there for us, giving us advice and support whenever we need it.

We believe SDC support has made a major contribution in bringing all the diverse communities in Somerset together through multicultural events and activities and BBA Somerset would like to continue to work with SDC in the years ahead.

Meraz Aziz, British Bangladeshi Association (BBA) Somerset
SDC helped us apply for our first community grant for creating two online workshops about; activist mental health and an introduction to BLM. They have attended our events, always been on the other end of the phone for support and have been a constant source of knowledge and resources. BAME communities truly benefit from their projects from language connect, organisation formalising workshops (which we have completed) podcasts (we did one) and the Somerset Women of Colour Network monthly meetings (which give us a chance to talk about issues that affects women of colour.

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Small Grant Fund 2021 – is NOW CLOSED

A grant of up to £500 is available for any community groups, charities, organisations and agencies that support or directly work with BAME communities in Somerset.

The Small Grant Fund application deadline date 31st October 2021

Download the Small Grant Fund information HERE

NEW Points-based immigration system

From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system.

The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work.

The campaign, which has been translated across 26 EU languages, kicked off on 11 November across most countries and channels and will continue into December, with a second phase planned for January to March 2021.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the translations link

Know your rights guide & resources

A guide to help migrants understand their rights and how to assert them covering topics:

  • Banking
  • Digital rights
  • Driving
  • Employment
  • Exploitation
  • Hate crime
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Social Services
  • Glossary
  • Translations
Click here

Hate Crime support & information

Stand against racism and inequality (SARI) provides free and confidential support for anyone who is a victim of hate crime.

SARI have created a series of recourses to support anyone who witnessed or been a victim’s of a hate crime.

If you need to get in touch with other local councils, charities, organisations, police or government bodies SARI have them all on there website.

Visit: www.sariweb.org.uk

Download SARI’s Somerset’s Hate Crime leaflet here
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Home Learning Support Grant Report

This grant funded four learning assistants in Somerset supporting homeschooled children in their native language. Read the full impact report HERE.

BAME Labour Market Event

Thank you to all who attended our free webinar where we discussed the opportunities and challenges for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in the labour market.

If you missed the event, or would like to watch it again, see our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/gsMW4fwOJ0w

Could you support someone to help them improve their English language skills?

Read about the experiences of three of our Language Connect Learning Partners HERE.

Somerset Diverse Communities’ Films

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