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BASE+ is the successor project to our initial BASE project which commenced in 2016. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for three years, the project offers a range of support to participants covering employment, education, immigration, advocacy, translation, befriending and much more. The project is also helping us to grow our business development capabilities.
Women’s Empowerment funding is helping us to provide support to BAME women, especially vulnerable young women, women who have experienced exploitation and abuse, and those seeking to empower themselves through employment, self-employment or starting their own business. Through this programme we have been able to reach out and support women who have experienced domestic violence, human trafficking and modern slavery.
Music and Festive – Together
Our Together project brings BAME and non-BAME communities together to share experiences and to learn from each other through festivals, musical events and outdoors activities. The project helps to promote community cohesion and social integration. The programme was curtailed during 2020 due to Covid, but we hope to re-launch it in 2021.
Funded by Near Neighbours, this programme has been led mainly by our supporters in local communities ably assisted by young graduates volunteering with us. The project brings together different communities to participate in various sessions ranging from arts and crafts, to outdoors activities with children and families, to learning about racism, hate crime, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Funded through the ESIF programme, this programme is delivered in partnership with Futures and aims to help those who are unemployed back into employment. The project is ongoing and we welcome applicants that need support.
Universities & Schools Mentoring & Placement
This project enables us to work with a number of academic institutions including community colleges, further education colleges and senior schools. We offer work experience placements of between six weeks and six months for students who have the chance to build community development skills and to gain a great deal of invaluable real life, professional experience, from working with people from diverse communities and different backgrounds.
Our befriending programme helps isolated individuals to create friendships and networks which improves their ability to settle into a new community and allows them to draw on mutual aid and support.
We retain an ongoing focus on addressing hate crime and related issues. Working with Leicestershire Police, Leicester City Council and other local groups, our aim is to support those who have been affected by hate crimes and to campaign for tougher legislation and more adequate support for those affected. We continue to offer seminars, workshops and training on topics associated with this important subject.
Covid-19 Awareness Support
Along with many other local charities, we have provided information about Covid-19, its impacts and how it can be managed successfully within those communities we support. This forms part of a wider health literacy programme we are developing, but we are also mindful of the increasing level of evidence that suggests BAME communities are disproportionately affected by Covid, and we are keen to work with public bodies and charities to develop strategies to mitigate its harmful effects.