Author Archives: Black Southwest Network (BSWN)

About Black Southwest Network (BSWN)

BSWN is a regional infrastructure organisation that supports BME and other marginal community organisations in the South West. Its vision and mission are to promote and advocate on behalf of the BME and other marginal Voluntary and Community Sector organisation (BVCS). To strengthen the BVCS in the region by increasing its influence in policy arenas, developing the capacity of the BVCS, providing support, and facilitating skills and knowledge sharing across the sector. The work we do involves a strategic action and delivery-based approach to overcoming discrimination, exclusion, and under representation among the BME, and other marginal communities, in the South West. Moreover, our approach also aims to empower these communities by tackling socio-economic deprivation by working in partnership with other agencies and organisations. As a whole, BSWN is a one-stop-shop for capacity building and community empowerment where with our members we work to create a better informed, skilled and represented third sector

West of England Metro Mayor Roundtable on Race Equality Events

Black South West Network (BSWN) in partnership with Business West, supported by Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality Steering Group, is holding two West of England Mayoral Election 2017 BAME Roundtable Events which are scheduled to take place on Thursday the 13th … Continue reading

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Volunteers Needed!

BSWN – ThereISBlackIsTheUnionJack volunteer flyer

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Project Launch for #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Project

Register here! You are cordially invited to the #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project launch and discussion event, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by BSWN in partnership with Festival of Ideas and M Shed. The project is focused on the relationships … Continue reading

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#ThereISBlackinTheUnionJack Project

Our project #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack is focused on the relationships between heritage of race, identity, and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. Recent local and national events have thrust into the spotlight the complicated nature of race … Continue reading

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Race Through The Generations Documentary

Since late 2013 BSWN, with funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund, has set about to understand what the term/idea/concept of race means to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.  The end result has been the creation of a number of … Continue reading

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Digital Stories For RTTG Up!

For the past year we have been hard at work training 6 young BME people to interview members of the BME community in Bristol and Gloucester on their understanding(s) of race/ethnicity and then turning those interviews into digital stories.  Michael … Continue reading

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Free Digital Storytelling Course – Sign Up Now

Are you between the ages of 18 and 25 and want to learn how to collect and edit digital stories?  Are you interested in learning more about race within BME communities?  Can you commit to a 4-8 week course?  Would … Continue reading

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Race Through The Generations

After the successful completion of our first HLF funded project “Back to the Future”, BSWN has been awarded another HLF grant to conduct a second project entitled “Race Through the Generations.”  This project takes us further into the discussion of … Continue reading

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Thank you for visiting our Heritage Lottery Funded project blog – Back to the Future. Back to the Future is an oral history project that focuses on the impact and contribution BME organisations have had on the cultural landscape of … Continue reading

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