‘Self-empowered ethnic minority communities contribute to make the whole of our society thrive’

Dorset Race Equality Council exists to support all ethnic (BME) communities in the Dorset Bournemouth and Poole area.  The assistance we provide not only includes strong and effective representation where ethnicity, culture or religion issues are involved, but a range of other support and guidance to the many thriving BME and multicultural learning groups and societies in the county.  

This includes participating in our consultation and engagement groups (giving our communities a strong and direct voice); guidance on funding areas and applications, signposting, publicity and promotion of your group or organisations events and activities, networking events, and ‘health checks’ to help you strengthen your group or society; we have a range of valuable publications and practical information sheets in a variety of languages to help you and your group.
We believe that empowered BME groups and associations contribute greatly to general society, as well as to the effectiveness of local authorities and public service organisations the broader community.  Dorset’s ethnic minority communities contribute strongly to the distinct and welcoming character of our county. 

Bournemouth for example, is commonly regarded as the place to live in the UK with highest quality of life: its multicultural and multiracial composition, that includes the largest international students’ community outside of London, plays a key part in this reputation.   
To learn more about how we can help your group or organisation through our community development services, please call, email or make as appointment to see us in person.

Memories of Shire Hall wanted for relaunch event in Dorchester

2017-09-20 - Shire Hall Press releasePlease see the attached press release from the Anne Brown at the Shire Hall Project who want to collect people’s memories and stories of the Shire Hall Project, this information will then be used as part of the launch of the Shire Hall project next year. For further information, please contact Anne on 01305 252405 /


Draft transport accessibility action plan

gov ukThe Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities. The action plan covers a range of transport modes including:
• aviation
• rail
• buses
• taxis
The document also considers ways that we can improve public space to make it more accessible for people with disabilities.
Find out more and have your say here:

Prejudice Free Dorset - 2nd Hate Crime Conference

2016 10 07 PrejusticeFreeDorset logoPrejudice Free Dorset are holding their 2nd Hate Crime Conference during Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016.
Prejudice Free Dorset would like to invite individuals, communities, third sector representatives and statutory partners to attend and join in the continuing good work to tackle hate crime and prejudice across Dorset. More details HERE

There will be an update on activity since the last Conference and an opportunity to help shape the future activity of Prejudice Free Dorset. The Conference will feature presentations and workshops followed by a networking lunch and an opportunity to visit information stalls.

Anyone who has been a victim of hate crime or knows someone who has been a victim of hate crime should attend. Anyone who has the passion and commitment to tackling hate crime and prejudice and a commitment to community cohesion in Dorset should attend.



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