Interviewer: Chaz Singh
CHAZ: Sunder, talking to you about your personal experiences and the history within the BME voluntary and community sector. This interview will focus a little on your background and then go into your initial interest and involvement within BME organisations. Finally, I will then end by asking you some questions about your opinions as the future of the BME voluntary and community sector in your area. This interview should last to around 30 to 45 minutes and at anytime you want to stop, please feel free to do so. If there are any questions you need me to explain more or you do not want to answer then please let me know and I will skip over that question, but are there any questions before we begin?
SUNDER: Ok, if I don’t want to answer I will say no comment.
SUNDER: Is that ok?
CHAZ: Yep that’s fine or just that I’ll prefer not to answer that.
CHAZ: That a do.
SUNDER: I’ll prefer not to answer, yeah.
CHAZ: Ok. Where were you born?
SUNDER: I born in India.
CHAZ: Oh, do you just want one liners or do you want him to be a bit more specific?
BILL: Um, be more specific because he, there’s an elaborated conscious in talk.
CHAZ: So if you say India and then…
CHAZ: And say try to be a little bit more interesting?
SUNDER: Yeah, ok.
CHAZ: Where were you born?
SUNDER: I was born err, Hyderabad, India in the state of under British.
CHAZ: Ok. And when did you come to England and why?
SUNDER: Err, I moved to England in the year 2004 and in the month of February and err, we come here on a highly, highly skilled migrant programme which was introduced by the UK government.
CHAZ: Ok. And where do you live now?
SUNDER: I live in Plymouth.
CHAZ: Ok. Err, how many languages do you speak, what are they and what was or is the primary language that you speak at home?
SUNDER: Our primary language err, we speak at home is the Telugu language which is err, from the Southern part of India, which is widely spoken in the state of under British, and err, I can speak Urdu, English, err, Hindi and I can understand Tamil.
CHAZ: Ok. And what was it like growing up in the neighbourhoods you lived in?
SUNDER: I grew up in a, err, a village atmosphere and a, it was beautiful and, and, and green because it was surrounded by fields and rivers.
CHAZ: Ok. And did you feel like you belonged or fitted into those areas?
SUNDER: Yes, I did, um, it was a great feeling err, to grow up in the village.
CHAZ: Ok. And where you’re living now, the area that you’re living now…
CHAZ: Um, how, how did you find out if there were local BME voluntary community organisations?
SUNDER: Since we, when we moved here ion the year 2004 err, there not many BME organisations ah, if they exist we didn’t come across them.
CHAZ: Ok. So what organisation do you currently work for or volunteer for?
SUNDER: I’m currently volunteering for a Fata He a BME development organisation as a community coordinator and, and also I volunteer for other organisations in Plymouth, like err, Plymouth parent partnership and err, and it was a project um, which is to do, engage BME communities in, into the national parks.
CHAZ: And how long have you’ve been volunteering for those organisations?
SUNDER: Err, since the last 5 years.
CHAZ: Ok, and how long is err, Fata He been around for?
SUNDER: I think Fata He has been err, has been here in Plymouth for the last 10 years.
CHAZ: And what is the purpose or function of err, Fata He?
SUNDER: Fata he is err, an organisation err, which looks into 5 aspects of err, the society err, like crime, health, housing, education and employment.
CHAZ: Ok. And what other different communities or groups does it service; does it service or work with to help?
SUNDER: Well, Fata He does work with err, lots of organisations in partnership with the, especially err, the statutory organisations and including err, other voluntary sectors, ah.
CHAZ: And what needs do you see this organisation filling for the community?
SUNDER: I think err, Fata He does a, play a great role a, in um, helping the BME communities and err, by working in partnerships with various, with various other voluntary sectors err, who are like minded.
CHAZ: And what types of events does your organisation put on for the community?
SUNDER: Well, Fata He does err, in the past, have organised various events err, including um, err, the car, what is that, um…
CHAZ: Isn’t there the Chariot Festival?
SUNDER: Yeah, the Chariot festival and…
CHAZ: Some things…
SUNDER: Some, yeah.
CHAZ: So what types of events does the organisation put on for the community?
SUNDER: Well, ah, Fata He does organise ah, has organised err, various events in the past and are, and are currently organising err, the events which are coming up like in the past they’ve organised the err, the Chariot festival and cultural festivals and err, currently there err, are planning to organise a, a, a huge BME conference for the South West.
CHAZ: Ok. And what type of involvement do you have in any of these events?
SUNDER: Well as a volunteer working in Fata He, I doing all in a, these events and err, and working with the, the staff of Fata He.
CHAZ: What, what do you think of BME voluntary and community organisations in general, are they useful?
SUNDER: Well, there’s not many BME voluntary organisations err, err, run by the BME people but they are err, a lot of other organisations who say that they are working with BME communities in Plymouth area.
CHAZ: Ok. And what sort of impact do you think these organisations have had on the area where you live?
SUNDER: Well it’s a, it’s a hard question because err, currently we see err, not much err, impact it had on BME communities because err, I’m being honest, to be honest it’s um, more like a tick box organisations.
CHAZ: Ok. And how would you actually define heritage if you had to?
SUNDER: Heritage is ah, my personal definition of heritage is to ah, is not only the buildings but it is to do with the culture of the people who living in that area.
CHAZ: Ok. And what impact do you think your personal culture heritage has had in the area you live in?
SUNDER: (Pause) Um, I’ve no comment on that.
CHAZ: Ok. What do you see as the future of the BME voluntary and community sector?
SUNDER: There is a dire need err, for err, the Plymouth err, City Council to identify such organisations and then work with them. There is a great um; there is a need ah, for the communities who are existing in Plymouth. Err, they would err, need organisations who understand them and work with them.
CHAZ: Um, Ok. Err; I want to thank you for your time. Do you have anything else you want to say or would like to add? The final report will be made available by the summer of 2012, and I hope your be able to use it, to your and yours communities benefit. Would you know of anyone else who may be interested in doing an interview?
SUNDER: Err, thank you.
CHAZ: Thank you. Was that alright Bill?