There is no one definition of a black and minority ethnic voluntary and community organisation (BME VCO). The BME voluntary and community sector is hugely diverse and whilst some organisations are quite clearly a part of the BME voluntary and community sector (like those delivering services to a targeted community), others sit more on the margin.
For some leadership and self determination is a defining factor, for others it is the drive to work with parts of the BME community suffering deprivation, exclusion and poverty. Some add it is not only who they work with but how they work with them.
Voice4Change England defines the BME VCO as organisations that:
Research has shown that overall BME VCOs deliver the following services:
“Since inequalities still exist in our society there is a need for a sector that challenges that and seeks to address it through the services, the campaigning, the voice it puts forward. And I think that if the sector wasn’t there…that the voice would not be heard anywhere and it may be absorbed or diluted by other agendas.” – Shared Vision Report Interviewee
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There is limited evidence on the size and make up of the BME voluntary and community sector (VCS). We commissioned research in 2007 to try and uncover some baseline statistics. Quality of data prevented us gaining a comprehensive picture and the external climate means things will have changed. But we did gain a picture of just how large the sector is and how much it has historically relied on government funding.
Voice4Change England wants to see better data on the sector in the future and to have it centrally located so that we can demonstrate the benefits of the sector’s work to policy makers. You can help us achieve this by:
Send any of your data to the Voice4Change England policy team: Contact Us