BAME Voices was established primarily to help local communities access health and wellbeing services. It was not long before we realised that the service providers were also finding it difficult to reach minority communities effectively.
It became obvious, by helping service providers to deliver, we would also be helping communities access available support.
Our motivation comes from our staff, who are predominantly second generation migrants. Their life experiences are invaluable form a prospective of understanding the needs with empathy.
We are currently working with Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs), Carers, BAME Community Groups, Local Authorities, Health Care Trusts and Mental Health providers throughout Yorkshire.
Raising awareness and creating understanding of Cultural Competence within organisations, to help develop delivery strategies that are fit for purpose, to benefit both provider and the community.
BAME Voices are also currently on the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) grading panel, in support of the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) report. Making sure a policy of inclusion is adopted and all aspects of the community are taken into consideration. Representation on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance and the Yorkshire Cancer Patients Forum also provide a platform to voice any concerns.
BAME Voices has laid out a series of aims and objectives. These predominately include the following:
To work with all types of health and wellbeing organisations to promote improvements in:
Mental & Physical Health
Inclusion, diversity and equality
Care for All
Diabetes, Heart Disease and Obesity