Consultation Groups


BME Police Consultation Group

The Dorset Race Equality Council organises quarterly meetings between the Dorset Police and representatives of Black and Minority Ethnic communities in order to address key issues such as how to tackle racist hate crime and prevent BME people being disproportionality targeted during police Stop and Search activities.


Muslim Contact Group

The Dorset Race Equality Council organises quarterly meeting between the Dorset Police and representatives of the Muslim community in order to facilitate communication and understanding. Discussions focus on good news and events in the Muslim community, as well as tensions and matters of concern, such as the impact of events happening in the Muslim world upon local communities.


TellMAMA are coming to Dorset 24th January 2017

2017-01-17 TellMAMATell MAMA are coming to Dorset to deliver an informative awareness session in relation to anti-Muslim incidents and will provide case studies and key learning for organisations and communities in making the commitment to tackle anti-Muslim prejudice and hate. Free tickets are now available to book here.

Dorset combined authority consultation is opened now, please take part


Have your say: a combined authority for Dorset

Alongside talk of unitary and devolution, you may have heard the phrase ‘combined authority’ coming up a lot recently. But what does it actually mean and how would you be affected?

The nine councils across Dorset have been working together on proposals for a combined authority. A combined authority would see them working as one democratically-accountable body around the areas of economic development, regeneration and transport. We’ve now got to the point where we want to hear from local people and businesses about those proposals. The consultation is open now and runs until 17 June 2016.

Why is a combined authority a good idea for Dorset?

•    As we are already aware councils need to transform the way they work in order to be fit for the future – this is the first step in that direction
•    A combined authority would provide Dorset with the certainty of structure and accountability to be successful in any devolution deal with Government
•    A combined authority would give Dorset one strong voice when bidding for funding or inward investment
•    A combined authority would provide speedier decision-making on issues related to strategic economic growth and strategic transport for the area

Six combined authorities have already been established nationally with many other areas also working towards this arrangement. This is an exciting opportunity for Dorset to be part of national change.

Please take a look at our combined authority pages at and use the short online form to tell us what you think about the proposals. It’s a chance for each of us to have a say about an important change to the local government landscape in Dorset.

Once the consultation has closed results will be collected, shared with the Secretary of State and then go onto inform Government’s decision on establishing a combined authority in Dorset.

Please note this consultation is about Dorset’s proposal for a combined authority and is not about unitary options. If you have any questions, please contact Steph Lyons at or on 01305 224271


Calling all Poole residents

The Borough of Poole is reviewing its Equality & Diversity policy: "Fairness for All" and is inviting every resident to attend an event on the 20th Oct 2015 from 9.30 to 12.30 at The Factory 14 Alder Hills Poole BH12 4AS.

They are extremelly keen to hear the voice of all those who use their services and want to ensure they can offer equal access to their services, to information and to ways the public can influence decisions.   They also want to improve peoples trust that they will tackle discrimination and support communities to become strong, cohesive and inclusive.

The service users and the community themselves are the best people to tell them how they can do this better (within the limits of our resources).


The event will:

-    Acknowledge the Council’s equality and diversity achievements over the last few years
-    Review the existing Borough’s Fairness for All outcomes and see if they are still relevant commitments
-    Share good practice and challenge us to do better

They welcome your support to be a critical friend.  

They are trying out a new venue/social enterprise run by BCHA up at The Factory on Alder Hills. There is parking there and it is on bus routes U2, 14 and 15 or look at for travel planning.  It is a short walk from Alder Hills Sainsburys. They are also offering lifts so please get in touch if you will struggle to get there or if you are willing to offer a lift let us know.

Please let us know if you can come and if you have:

- any specific requirements
- questions
- or suggestions of who else we should invite.

If you are unable to make it and can’t send a substitute we are happy to take feedback in other ways too – by email, by phone or by coming to a meeting you are holding.  Please just get in touch on 01202 633067



Urgent - calling all Dorset residents!


Dorset and the Jurassic Coast's Environmental Economy: your help needed

7 October 2015

We are currently working with our partners at the Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) Team and Dorset County Council to find out the Economic Impact of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site designation, and the wider value of the environment to Dorset’s economy. 

Results are looking good so far, but now we need your help,

If you are a Dorset resident, or live very close to the county border, we would be grateful if you can spend 5 minutes to answer our residents survey:

If you have a business along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and East Devon, we would be grateful if you can spend 5 minutes to answer our business survey:

(Please bear in mind that if you are in East Devon, you may need to skip the questions in the business survey about the Dorset AONB).

If you are both a Dorset resident and business owner, please could you answer both, which would double your chance of winning a £50 Mark Hix Restaurant Voucher prize, one of which is available for each survey.

We will be publishing the outcomes of the study in November, so watch this space.

Many thanks

Sam Rose

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Manager
01305 228656


NHS Clinical Service Review Public Event

Helping local NHS organisations set equality objectives and update on the Clinical Services Review (CSR)

NHS England has developed a Framework called The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) to help local NHS organisations set priorities for making improvements in Equality and Diversity issues for Patients, the Public and Staff.In this regard, the NHS Organisations in Dorset are asking for views on how it makes services accessible to people across the county. The feedback will help inform and focus the ongoing equality and diversity work of local NHS partners during the upcoming year.

Please join us in a public event on Thursday 8th October 2015 to share your views on setting our equality objectives and to receive an update on the CSR at either 12-2pm or at 6-8pm at the Bournespring Centre at St. Mary’s road, Bournemouth, BH1 4QP.

There is still a public survey on the EDS2 open till the 23rd October for you to feed into as well.The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will also provide an update on the latest developments around the clinical services review (CSR).
To find out more, please contact Ebi Sosseh on or phone 01202 541946.


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