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The Greater Manchester BAME Network project has been hosted at GMCVO since 2013, having originally started as part of a BASIS Big Lottery Funded project that ran from 2009-2012.
Its aim is to provide networking opportunities and better access to knowledge, information and support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME*) and refugee VCSE sector organisations across Greater Manchester.
The Network holds regular meetings, working in partnership with Manchester BME Network. Details of upcoming meetings and presentations and papers from previous meetings can be found below.
Attendance at network events is free for the following:
1. BAME-led voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations operating in GM. By BAME-led we mean:
An organisation that exists primarily to serve the BAME community, or a section of that community, with decision making led by members of that community.
2. BAME Individuals who live in GM and attend in their individual capacity.
If either of the above applies to you or your organisation, please click on the green button to apply for a free place:
Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, we are unable to offer free places to all network attendees. Organisations and individuals that do not meet the criteria above are still very welcome to attend, but to ensure costs are covered will need to pay an annual fee. The current annual fee is £100 for one person to attend all network meetings each year (January to December), calculated on a pro-rata basis e.g. £100 (Jan - Dec), £75 (April - Dec), £50 (July - Dec), £25 (Oct - Dec).
Why are we hosting it?
There is a clear continuing correlation between ethnic minority communities and our most deprived neighbourhoods, and this inequality is reflected in our own sector. The Greater Manchester BAME Network aims to redress some of the current inequalities in the VCSE sector by improving access to support services and providing networking opportunities for organisations who support BAME communities, refugees and asylum seekers.
*GMCVO uses the BAME abbreviation as we believe it is widely understood, but we acknowledge many feel this term is inadequate and limiting. We are therefore currently reviewing of our use of the term. Our principle is to refer to individuals, organisations or networks by the terminology they themselves prefer.