BME Mental Health Service Users Launch Manifesto


National Survivor User Network | BME mental health service users launch manifesto

The Kindred Minds BME service user led manifesto 'A Call for Social Justice' has been finalised. The Manifesto has concrete demands for change and builds upon two decades of studies on BME mental health and involved consulting with over 200 BME service users in south London.

The manifesto is a unique resource, has been written by BME mental health service users and has a comprehensive vision for the policy and practice changes needed to improve the mental well-being of BME mental health service users.  That vision calls for wider political action to end racial injustice:

“Racism is a political issue. Inequality is a political issue. Mental health is a political issue. We should hold politicians to account.”

Read more here

Enterprising BME Women into Employment


Project Description: The project will focus on engaging with the BME women who are vulnerable and facing multiple deprivations due to their ethnic background, gender, economic situation, cultural and language barriers. The project will deliver a range of skills development programmes to improve the confidence and employability of the vulnerable BME women.

Please visit the link below to vote for the North Hertfordshire Minority Ethnic Forum's project via the AVIVA Community Fund. Your kind vote will make a difference to the vulnerable people we support.  

Find out more about the North Hertfordshire Minority Ethnic Forum here

World War 1: Forgotten Heroes

Walter Tull, the first Black officer in the British Army

Walter Tull, the first Black officer in the British Army

100 years ago the Great War, as it became known, broke out. It was a conflict like no other and its impact was felt the World, including the African and Caribbean community. These were testing times and on this remembrance weekend, we recognise the contribution and sacrifice of all those who gave their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today - heroes like Walter Tull, the first Black officer in the British Army.

Read Walter Tull's story here - courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Below are some personal accounts, courtesy of RAF Museum, Hendon

“While we were fighting we never thought about defending the Empire or anything along those lines. We just knew deep down inside that we were all in this together and that what was taking place around our world had to be stopped…Few people think about what would have happened to them in Jamaica if Germany had defeated Britain, but we certainly could have returned to slavery.” Flight Lieutenant John J. Blair

“Father [served] in the First World War, his three children [served] in the Second World War. I married a coloured man who was in the Second World War… as was his brother who was decorated for bravery in Burma … and their father [also served] in the First World War. Our son was a helicopter pilot … he served in Northern Ireland. So all in all … I think we’ve given back more to this country than we’ve received.” Leading Aircraftwoman Lilian Bader, born in Liverpool on 18th February 1917. Her father was a Barbadian who had served in the Royal Navy and her mother was English

“I was doing some photographs a few miles the other side when about five Hun scouts came down upon me, and before I could get away, I got a bullet through the spine. I managed to pilot the machine nearly back to the aerodrome, but had to put her down as I was too weak to fly any more … My observer escaped without any injury.” William Robinson Clarke, born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 4th October 1895 

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