The voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead has been at the front of developing support for Black, Asian, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee, faith, and cultural communities.
Many new groups have been established and led by Black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee, faith and cultural communities and individuals themselves; many generic voluntary organisations and community groups have developed specific BAME focused work within their programmes.
Over the years there has been a shift, moving from ‘just bringing people of similar cultures together’; to enabling access to services; and to advocacy, rights, and a social justice approach. The voluntary sector makes a swift response to new and emerging needs.
In January 2018 Dr Hari Shukla, CBE, published a book, The Art of Giving, about Newcastle overcoming race hate, and of his personal journey since arriving in Newcastle in 1974. The book details how difficult race relations were in 1974, when it did not seem possible that diverse communities could be celebrated.
In 2017 Freedom City celebrated the 50 year anniversary since Dr Martin Luther King visited Newcastle in 1967 and was given an honorary degree, not long before his assassination.
During December to March Newcastle CVS carried out a survey and desktop research to find out more about the work of the voluntary and community sector, and has supported new work with HAREF and the BAME Health and Wellbeing project in the last year.
The executive summary and full report can be downloaded from the links below.