What We Do?
SMEF offers a unique service in Surrey
• Over a period of 7 years SMEF has engaged with and built trust with BAME communities across the County ascertaining their needs and aspirations. SMEF has carried out consultations with older BAME people, Nepali communities, African communities and BAME parents. This knowledge can be utilised by stake holders to develop services that are evidence based, responsive and cost effective.
• SMEF has successfully delivered bespoke training on cultural diversity and effective engagement with BAME communities to a range of stakeholders in the public and voluntary sectors.
• SMEF is experienced in working in partnership with both statutory and voluntary bodies. Recently it has worked with the Department of Work and Pensions on raising awareness on the changes to the Welfare Reform Bill and helped Macmillan Cancer Support deliver a BAME engagement pilot project.
• SMEF has worked jointly with SCC’s Domestic Abuse strategy group and SCC’s Aging Well strategy group to ensure that the needs of BAME communities are reflected when services are being planned. SMEF has worked with Adult Social care by disseminating information through its networks and has reviewed its communications to ensure that information relayed is easily understood.
• SMEF has created a unique ‘self-reflective’ space which is neutral and brings BAME communities together to consider health and social issues including mental illness, domestic abuse, positive parenting and addictive behaviours.
• SMEF can ensure that BAME communities are better engaged and more empowered, so that their views and issues are taken into account in local, regional and national consultations. Thus enabling positive outcomes for the public, private and voluntary sector stakeholders and BAME communities in Surrey.
• SMEF has provided bespoke training and raising awareness sessions on health and social issues to BAME communities so that they can better integrate and participate in their local communities
• SMEF delivers projects that improve the opportunities and life chances of ethnic minority individuals and families.
• SMEF delivers training and awareness raising sessions on a range of topical subjects dealing with health, social welfare, employment, education and housing.
• SMEF signposts community groups to access services
• SMEF consults with ethnic minority communities and advocates on their behalf on their behalf.
• SMEF facilitates partnerships and consultation exercises between statutory and voluntary bodies and the minority ethnic sector.
• SMEF has created a safe space for communities to come together to address difficult social issues; Domestic Abuse, Addictions, Mental illness