Creating user forums and opportunities to connect with health and social care providers to raise the profile of common issues affecting BME communities.

Six key areas were split between the three partners: EYST covered substance misuse and children and young people; African Community Centre covered mental health and refugee and asylum seekers; and SBREC worked with social care and 50+. SBREC also had a specialist health development officer who worked alongside people who had concerns regarding health and social care, supporting them to access the appropriate mechanisms to raise their concerns.

The project offered quarterly forums for community members; information sessions for service providers; training and workshops; and the opportunity to participate in service orientation, to learn more about how the services which affect the community are delivered.

One service provider which the project has worked extensively with is the Welsh Ambulance Service
An event was arranged with beneficiaries from the BME Voice project after receiving feedback from them about concerns they had about using the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS). The interactive event allowed the WAS to deliver information on their services and answer questions from attendees, who went away with a better understanding of how the service works, when it's appropriate to call 999 and who else can help in the community if the healthcare need isn't a life threatening emergency. 
Following the event, further training opportunities were offered to beneficiaries. In addition to this, WAS has recently delivered CPR workshops to young people in EYST.

To find out more, please contact the Projects below.


 Telephone: 01792 457035.


 Telephone: 01792 466980.

African Community Centre

Telephone: 01792 470298

BME Voice was delivered in partnership by Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC), Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) and the African Community Centre (ACC) and is funded until October 2016.

Please click on the following links to visit each of the partner organisations' websites:

Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC)

African Community Centre

Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST)

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