Improving Reach is a programme that aims to improve access to Capacity-Building and Infastructure support for frontline Black and Minority Ethnic Groups. It is a continuation of the Change Up Project which was successfully conducted by Medway Ethnic minority Forum.
The aim of Improving Reach was to help build the capacity of BME groups and develop stronger management structures to work more effectively around their own identified needs for the benefit of their members.
MEMF has achieved these aims by engaging with BME Voluntary community groups to:
Examine how individual groups are organised
Clarify the aims and objectives of the groups
Explore needs/requirements and funding opportunities
Find out what support is currently available and consider what support may be required for the future
Some of the Milestones that have been achieved to date are as follows:
Promoted and supported community leadership amongst women, BAME professionals and young people endorsed.
Supported more than 20 funding applications which has lead to increased resources for BAME community organisations.
Communication strategy drafted and consulted on through establishment of website. 10 community groups websites examined, set up, and linked to MEMF website.
Resource plan drafted to diagnose and meet organisational development needs of BAME membership groups.
Held 3 events in 2009 and 2 in 2010; to engage, consult and briefed community organisations & reported progress to BAME residents & report progress.