Welcome to BME opportunities
Black and minority ethnic communities as well as the Minority Ethnic Voluntary Sector (MEVS) are at a disadvantage from a dearth of resources. This is not simply in terms of money but also in the involvement of ethnic minority people (as trustees, volunteers, staff and donors) and an inclusion and participation within the policy and decision making process.
Our organisational goal is to reassess this by developing resources for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the UK. In order to do this the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO) and the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF) have been set up.
It is now over three years since we started a major consultation exercise with the ethnic voluntary sector and people across the United Kingdom. This still goes on. To date we have held over three hundred consultations and have got in touch with some 10,000 voluntary sector organisations.
The goal of the consultation has been twofold, one to seek the opinions of BME people and discover the important issues of concern to them and then whether they would support the creation of two charities - Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF) and its arm Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO).
The consultation procedure has enabled us to more fully understand the requirements and aspirations of our communities. It has shown that interest in the two charities was certainly forthcoming. As a result both EMF and CEMVO are now registered charities. The principal goal of both is the social renovation of Britain's black and minority ethnic communities and Voluntary Sector.