Race can include, nationality (including citizenship) and ethnic or national origin.
Being of an ethnic origin will depend upon whether a person belongs to an ethnic group. An ethnic group must have 2 essential characteristics - a long shared history and a cultural tradition of its own. Other relevant characteristics may be a common language, a common literature, religion or a common geographical origin or a sense of being a minority or an oppressed group. This is quite a wide definition, and has included Sikhs, Jews, Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
National origin means that a person must come from a national group with identifiable elements, both historic and geographic, which at least at some point in time indicates the existence of a nation. National origin is distinct from nationality, but often the two will be the same. For example people of Chinese national origin may be citizens of both China and the UK.
A racial group can be a group of people who share a colour, or ethnic or national origin or a group with the same nationality.
BME community forum
As a member of the forum you will have an opportunity to create and change Bury Council's policies as well as being the first point of contact for consultation on areas and matters which affect BME people in Bury.
Who is membership open to?
Membership is open to all black and minority ethnic organisations in Bury who are committed to the aims of the forum. However, we recognise that there are many people from ethnic minority communities in Britain who do not identify themselves as being black but whom, because of their ethnic origin, language, culture or religious differences share a common experience of discrimination and inequality. These people also qualify to join the BME community forum.
Frequency of forum meetings
The BME Community Forum will meet every 2 months at Bury Town Hall (6 times per year).
To influence and assist in shaping the policies of government, public, voluntary and private sector. Influence other organisations and agencies that impact on BME communities in Bury.
To provide a forum in which to discuss local issues that impact on the lives of BME communities in Bury. Aim to make change happen.
- To work in partnership to bring all communities together.
- To identify and promote examples of good practice and network with other organisations.
- To be the principal consultation group on policies/practices that will impact on BME communities in Bury.
- To empower local BME communities to participate in the Public Sector decision making and planning processes to influence change.
Full membership is open to third sector organisations whose principle aim is to provide services to people from BME communities, who are actively working in Bury and who are committed to the aims of the forum.
Organisations should be constituted. Full member organisations will have voting rights at meetings. Only one person from each organisation will have a vote. These members should represent the views of their organisation where ever possible.
We recognise that there are many people from ethnic minority communities in Britain who do not identify themselves as being black but whom, because their ethnic origin, language, culture or religious differences share a common experience of discrimination and inequality. Organisations that represent these people are actively encouraged to join the BME Forum.
We recognize that many organisations, both public sector and third sector, provide services to BME communities as part of their wider aims. These organisations are welcome to join our mailing list, receive information and attend meetings but not to vote at the BME forum. It is also recognised that individuals and public sector officers can offer a valuable contribution to the BME forum. Individuals and public sector officers are welcome to attend but not to vote at the BME forum.
- Chair - Tan Ahmed
ADAB, 14 Heywood Street, Bury, BL9 7EA. Telephone: 0161 764 6749.
- Vice Chair - Saleem Ahmed
Bury Council, Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury BL9 0SW. Telephone: 0161 253 7878.
- Secretary - Aiesha Choudary
B3SDA, Business Centre, Unit 23, Kay Street, Bury BL9 6BU. Telephone: 0161 797 1968.