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!

Michal Puzynski

Call: 07377 363165

Jusna Hussain

Call: 07946 461544

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

Small Grant Fund

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.

Communities can apply for the Small Grant Fund until 16th October 2020.

Call Michal Puzynski, SDC Community Engagement Worker, on 07377 363165, for more information and to apply.

Download the Small Grant Fund information HERE

Download the request for funding form HERE

Somerset Language Connect

Somerset Language Connect is a new project aimed at bringing together learners from minority ethnic communities across Somerset, who would like to improve their conversational English, with learning partners who aim to support them. The scheme is completely free of charge and is supported by the Somerset Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.

When learning a language, meeting up with a fluent speaker is the ideal opportunity to practise language skills, learn new vocabulary and become more confident. The Language Connect project does just that, pairing English learners with volunteers, with learning sessions taking place online via a video conferencing platform.

To find out more call our Community Engagement Worker Jusna on 07946 461544 Email: or Michal on 07377 363165 Email:

Download the Language Connect flyer HERE

Download the Language Connect guidance HERE

Download the Language Connect guidance in Arabic, Bulgarian, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Spanish and Turkish HERE

Request an application form

ESOL Muslim Women-Only English Classes

Somerset Diverse Communities is partnering with Somerset Skills and Learning to offer a series of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for Muslim women.

This is an opportunity to learn English in a Muslim women-only group via the video conferencing platform Zoom.

For more information and to apply contact Community Engagement Officer Jusna on 07946 461544 or email

FREE Employment Rights Webinar

Are you being treated fairly in your workplace?

Join us on Wednesday 21st October for a FREE webinar. British Trade Union GMB and the Citizens Advice Bureau will be on hand to give you lots of important information and advice about your rights at work.

Join the Zoom meeting at 6pm:

Meeting ID: 889 7333 3542
Passcode: 331360

If you have any questions please email:

Racism Stops With Me – watch again

Our fantastic digital event, Racism Stops With Me, is now on YouTube. Listen to personal experiences of racism and prejudice, and conversations about what we can all do to help bring about an equal and fair society.

Click HERE to watch!

NEW! Somerset Diverse Communities’ Translations

Find useful advice and information translated into a wide range of languages HERE

  • COVID-19 advice translated into 60 languages
  • Somerset Learning Connect guidance, translated
  • Domestic Abuse help and support, translated
  • Stop Loan Sharks advice, translated

We will update the page on a regular basis, keep checking back for new information.

Latest News

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.

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:

Watch Somerset Together – our online event celebrating the rich, diverse cultures on Somerset – on YouTube:

Somerset Language Connect Supports Learners of English

Somerset Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund – applications sought from BAME communities

Multicultural Event Keeps Somerset Communities Connected

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