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
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.
Vienna BLM Taunton Co-Founder
Small Grant Fund 2021 – is NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
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
Download the request for funding form HERE
Contact Michał Pużyński, BAME Community Engagement Officer, on 07377 363 165, for more information and to apply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Digital rights
- Hate crime
- Social Services
Language for learners
Free Webinar Channel
Advice and information translated into a wide range of languages
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.
Watch Somerset Together
Our online event celebrating the rich, diverse cultures on Somerset – on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QNdsQQtz0tU
Somerset Language Connect
Supports Learners of English