Young black and minority ethnic (BME) people are being invited to take part in focus group sessions to gather their views in relation to policing and crime in Avon and Somerset. The sessions being organised in partnership by Black South West Network (BSWN), Voscur and Black training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) will offer those taking part the chance to share their views on and help identify the key issues affecting BME young people that they would like Sue Mountstevens the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to address. Young people from each focus group will then be invited to present their findings to the PCC at a round table meeting to be held in March.
The focus groups and the meeting with the PCC provide an exciting opportunity for the young people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds to make their voices heard on the how the police and the criminal justice system impact on their lives.
The session will explore:
Key issues affecting BME young people in relation to policing and crime;
Role of the PCC and BME youth and young people generally;
Empowering young people to share their experiences of being involved in the criminal justice system such as Stop & Search;
How to reduce the disproportionate number of BME young men in custody;
Identify ways whereby the PCC could address the above problems
Who should attend?
BME young people aged between 16- 24yrs
BME young people who have views about or experience of crime or involvement with the police.
When: There will be two focus groups (you only have to attend one)
Monday 25h February from 6pm to 9pm, (Bath – venue to be confirmed)
Thursday 28th from 6pm to 9pm, (Bristol – venue to be confirmed)
Food and non alcoholic drinks will be provided for those taking part.
How to take part?
If you are a BME youth led organisation or your organisation’s activities involve contact with young people from a variety of backgrounds please get in touch with BSWN or Voscur with names of young people that might be interested in taking part in this project.
To nominate a young person, please ring Sado at BSWN (0117 939 6648 ) or Matthew at Voscur (0117 909 9949)