Aims:

  • To be a collective voice, increasing the influence, representation and active engagement of Southwark’s Black and minority ethnic  communities in the decisions and policies that affect them, and improve how services are commissioned and delivered.  

  • To advocate on behalf of Southwark’s Black and minority ethnic communities in their dealings with public sector agencies and other statutory and non-statutory organisations. 

  • To provide peer support, helping organisations to develop their thinking, skills and infrastructure to maximise their impact.  

  • Skills/capacity to deliver learning sessions to the sector.


Objectives

  • Identify areas of practical support to build the strength of VCS Black and minority ethnic organisations. 

  • To explore and work collaboratively with external partners to improve the work of the network. 

  • Monitoring the impact of policies as it affects Black and minority ethnic communities/individuals 

  • Give Black and minority ethnic organisations the opportunity to analyse issues, agree priorities with others and more crucially, have the power to instruct representatives to take the key issues forward to the relevant bodies. 

  • Increase partnership work with statutory and non-statutory organisations to advance equality of opportunity, promote inclusivity and act as a reliable resource to public agencies. 

  • To improve communications, raise the profile of Black and minority ethnic groups in Southwark and be a key vehicle to significantly increase community inclusion in the borough. 

  • Promote community cohesion by:

    • Celebrating diversity
    • Encouraging and supporting solidarity
    • Improving individual’s sense of belonging
    • Promoting togetherness
    • Sharing common values

  • Improving the visibility of the REACH Alliance within the sector and increasing activity on relevant statutory / sector platforms