FATAHE BME DEVELOPMENT
Black and Minority Ethnic infrastructure lead for Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay
Fata He are the recognised BME specialist infrastructure lead hub within the Black South West Network (BSWN) Regional capacity building (changeup) structure. Our role is to facilitate and support the growth and sustainability of BME led groups and organisations across Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay. Fata He currently support Unity Cornwall, Unity Plymouth, Imagine group (Torbay) and the Devon BME Network.
HM Prison Community Engagement
We are contracted by HMP (Ministry of Justice) to develop BME community engagement with 3 prisons within the far south west cluster ( Exeter, Dartmoor and Channings wood). Our main role is to support Race Equality Action Teams and, primarily to support BME prisoners particularly those who may have problems with substance misuse, alcohol and mental health this also includes ex-offenders on their release to local communities. FATA HE deliver cultural awareness training to all HMP staff in order they can better understand the cultural needs and issues affecting BME prisoners.
FATA He work with a wide range of organisations and agencies in order to improve access to services for BME people. We are committed to community cohesion and have developed a number of themed events including 'world in the park' which enables people from different communities to work together using music and the arts as an effective tool.
Plymouth 2020- changeup consortiums.
FATA HE will be continuing to work other groups and organisations to improve cohesion through a number of events, some of which will involve statutory agencies engaging with BME people to improve services as recruiting, promotion etc.
Crime, health, education, housing and employment
ESOL, Families and Children
Fata He are commissioned through keyham community partnership to support BME families and children to engage with local sure start centres. Using a qualified teacher and accredited ESOL practitioner. Fata He are able to provide ESOL to BME parents for who English may not be their first language. We also play an active role in engaging BME dads and their children into kids and dads club. The benefit of this project enables BME fathers to take an active role in their children's social and playtime activity.
Research, consultancy and training
Fata He are able to crry out community research particularly relating to BME comunities, regeneration and substance nuisance. Using a number of methodological techniques we are able to arrange and facilitate focus groups and other participative methods to a fully finished publication. Our cultural awareness training package has been fully recognized and valued by a number of organisation including working links, city college Plymouth and HM Prison service. The training is fully participative and enables attendees to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of cultural awareness to aid them in their job role.
Mentoring and Role Model
Fata He are able to offer mentoring to various organisations and agencies . We have been successful in working with HM prison service effectively integrating BME ex-offenders back into local communities on a 12 week support programme that involves working with other agencies within the national offenders management service and with other organisations such as the Broad Reach Quay Project for ex-offenders with substance and alcohol problems.
In the near future we are hoping to engage young people especially BME males, where there may not be a father within their family environment. Fata He intends to support young people by matching them with a suitable role model in order to improve their life chances particularly in education and career progression. This project will complement on-going work, we continue to developed this service with young people from BME background and wider community.