Black History Month 2017- “Celebrating Communities: A Tribute to Black Institutions”
We launched the 2017 Black History Month theme in February, earlier than in previous years, to give organisations and individuals ample time to to plan event and activities in line with the theme.
The theme of this year’s Black History Month is “Celebrating Communities a Tribute to Black Institutions”. The parameters set for the theme is to celebrate the many BME voluntary and community sector organisations in Croydon who have been in operation for 10 years or more. This will include organisations such as the Croydon Caribbean Credit Union which is celebration 50 years in Croydon this year.
We will be be using this opportunity to showcase the work of these organisations to the wider communities of Croydon.
Profiling your events
If you would like your event/s to be promoted by Croydon council please, for example through our website (which will go live nearer the time) and in other literature, you will need to email the details by Friday 14th July 2017 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Some really good events have already been submitted so far. Please do keep them coming in so that your event can be publicise.
In addition, if you have any photographs from previous events or that are associated with your event that you have permission to share please send them over as they may be able to feature some in the programme.
Support from Croydon BME Forum
Croydon BME Forum will be supporting organisations to plan, promote and deliver events. We are also offering free venue for Black History events from October to December 2017.
We also offer support and advice for fundraising and securing key guests (speakers and performers) for activities.
For local funding opportunities please visit:
We look forward to all the excellent celebrations this year.
Croydon BME Forum Launches Black History Month 2016
Croydon BME Forum, in partnership with Croydon Council, will today launch Black History Month 2016. The theme selected by the Black History Month committee for 2016 is “Our Young Achievers”; this is to recognise the contribution of young people to the civil rights movement and to inspire young people today to stand up for equality and justice. It is also an opportunity to celebrate our young achievers of today, recognising the numerous young people who are achieving across different sectors, promoting a more positive image of black and minority young people.
The event, which will hold at the Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House at 6pm, marks the start of a month long series of events across the borough, focussing on different aspects of black history. Croydon BME Forum has offered free space and support for organisations who want to put up activities for the month.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the event.
REPORT: Improving Access to Mental Health Services for London’s Young and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Population
The Greater London Authority’s Health Committee has launched its report: ‘Healthy minds, healthy Londoners: Improving access to mental health services for London’s young and Black, Asian and minority ethnic population’.
Croydon BME Forum is delighted to have contributed to this report and welcome its recommendations.
The Health Committee is tasked with reviewing health and wellbeing across London, including progress against the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy, and work to tackle public health issues such as obesity and alcohol misuse. The Committee will consider the Mayor’s role as Chair of the new pan-London Health Board and the impact that recent health reforms are having on the capital, notably NHS reconfiguration and the decision to devolve public health responsibilities to local authorities. The following terms of reference were agreed by the Committee at its meeting on 3 September 2014:
- To examine the challenges facing people in accessing mental health services in London; with a specific focus on young people and BAME individuals; and
- To explore and make recommendations on how the Mayor might support improved access to mental health services, particularly for young people and BAME in London.
A key finding of the Committes review:
Many people in London suffer from problems with their mental health. These problems affect individuals’ quality of life, their ability to play an active part in their communities and to contribute to local and wider economies. Mental health is a particular issue for London’s young people and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) communities. Yet the lack of reliable data on mental health makes it virtually impossible for providers to assess the scale of demand for services in London and direct resources appropriately.
Risq Animasaum, BME Community Development Worker for the Croydon BME Forum contributed to the review and highlighted the role of the voluntary sector in achieving better outcomes. The report remarks that ‘The voluntary sector has an invaluable role to play in the delivery of mental health services’.
The reports concludes that:
Mental health must be a priority for government and the health sector. Stakeholders told us that many young and BME people in London are not receiving good quality mental health care. The Mayor has a role to play in promoting good mental health in London, and in reducing the inequalities that exist for young and BME service users. The London Health Board – which the Mayor chairs – needs to explicitly prioritise mental health and wellbeing.
Croydon BME Forum looks forward to joining partners to implement relevant recommendations of the report at the local level.