There has been a lot of concern from local residents, particularly the African and Caribbean Communities in Teesside on how they have been consistently misrepresented by the social workers and other local partners.
In collaboration with other critical friends of the system, we are hosting an open and honest community conversation, to:
- Bring together key local and national stakeholders
- Provide an opportunity for the community to share their views
- Start to think about how these views contribute to future conversations around Early Help and the need for sytems change to respond to the voices of African and Caribbean communities
This event follows on from the BME Community Engagement Consultation for Inclusion event which took place on the 6 February 2018 at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA.) which was an inspiring night for people of Middlesbrough and neighbouring communities in Teesside!
In a testimony Kath Sainsbury from Justice First said:
"I found the meeting very constructive; and it was particularly helpful to hear from members of the BAME community, as there is always a danger that whilst people like one of my colleague can speak about our own knowledge and empathy on behalf of the client group we serve, it is far better that the views of BAME community are heard directly from those who have personal experience. A very good point about the difficulty of engaging with people who operate in the low wage economy and work extremely long hours, and therefore just aren’t around to consult with."
For more information about this upcoming event please contact: