Help needed to save North Somerset’s BME Network from closure

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 January 2017

Can you help the BME Network? (Picture: Digital Vision).

Can you help the BME Network? (Picture: Digital Vision).

(c) Digital Vision.

A Weston-super-Mare-based organisation which helps people in minority ethnic groups is under threat of closure unless it can find financial support.

North Somerset’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network, which is based in Weston, has been running for 10 years. It supports people from all backgrounds who feel isolated, provides English language courses and offers advice.

However, its funding from North Somerset Council has not been renewed, and it needs £5,000-8,000 to stay afloat.

Acting chairman Miriam Robertson said: “The financial situation is very serious at the moment. We are trying to do things to help us continue.

“For the past 10 years it has been the voice of the community, so it is very important.”

The BME Network’s office, in Orchard Place, received around 2,000 visits last year. It has also recently helped two people who suffered from racial harassment.

Patty Taylor came to Weston from Guatemala and got help from the BME Network with getting her driving licence. She also made many friends through the group.

She said: “It would be a shame to close our doors, because we have helped so many people.

“The important thing is we help people in minorities and help them access services and get into work.”

The BME Network is also in need of volunteers. Email office@ns-bmenetwork.org for more details.

The Big Love Bash Fundraising Party will be held in aid of the BME Network. It will take place at Club Tabu, in the Boulevard, on February 18 at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 in advance, or £10 on the door. 
Visit the Big Love Bash Facebook page for more details.

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