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VIP Community Fund making a difference for Bristol’s BME communities

We recently awarded six micro-grants of £500 each to Bristol-based community groups and organisations through round two of our VIP BME Community Fund.

The funding was available for work that supports one or more of Bristol’s diverse Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

Many of the projects are already underway making a difference for the communities we work with.

The round two awards went to:

Black2Nature – BME Tree Planting Days

Two tree planting days for BME adults are planned. For each event they will bring BME adults from inner-city Bristol to the Chew Valley, giving them the opportunity to connect with nature by planting tree saplings, providing transport and lunch.

Coexist Community Kitchen – Speak & Eat

In this programme Coexist will work with people who are refugee or asylum seekers teaching cookery and ESOL. The programme is eight weeks long and each week they will support a participant to design and teach food from their culture. The second half of the session is with a qualified ESOL teacher.

Asian Health and Social Care Association Ltd – One Click Away

Due to the lockdown/s service living on their own have become isolated and lonely during this difficult time. The funding will go towards digital devices service to allow their service users to access social media to keep in touch with each other and staff.

Integrate UK – Breaking Barriers

The funding will provide BAME university students (18-24) and activists with paid work experience to deliver 33 remote tutoring lessons (in English, Maths and Science) to younger BAME service users whose educational attainment has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

Humanitarian Bristol – Wellbeing and Food Consultation

This project will carry out a consultation (consisting of questionnaires and 1-1’s) to learn more about the relationship between food and mental health.

RA Cultural Consultancy Services and Tours – Ancient Alkebulan in Four

This free course will run for two hours per week, and will explore subject matters that community members have been requesting – helping them connect with and learn about African History before enslavement. Course attendees will be encourage to then share their learning with their communities.