Bangladeshi Support Centre – What it is and what it does
Set up 20 years ago by a committed group of volunteers it is now a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Operating from an accessible community building (that also houses other VCSE organisations including Citizens Advice, Ipswich) in Suffolk’s most ethnically diverse and vibrant town, the BSC reaches out to advance education and empower individuals and communities.
Its mission remains:
“To support people of Bangladeshi and other BME communities in Suffolk and engage them in social, cultural, educational and recreational activities by:
~ Advancing education and training
~ Empowering individuals and communities
~ Providing information, help and support in a culturally sensitive environment”
The organisation provides a number of capacity building programmes for local communities, a resource and learning centre and key referral advice agency. The project also works closely with statutory and voluntary organisation partners on projects related to health, education, employment, housing, welfare rights and crime.
Increasingly, we also work with individual communities to develop a stronger sense of cultural identity, skills in their heritage language and encourage engagement in education, both adults, children and young people. This work is not about segregating sections of any community from the wider community but about having a greater appreciation of their own self and their place in British society. As an ethnic minority organisation we have recently grown to considerable, and well-deserved, pre-eminence; and there are very few other specialist service providers like us dedicated to primarily serving the needs of BME communities and striving for harmonious inter-relationships and community cohesion.