The Basingstoke Multicultural Forum (BMF) is an umbrella organisation for communities of diverse cultures, ethnicity and religion. Our membership includes 27 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, plus many individual members mostly from BAME backgrounds.
The forum was established to promote better understanding between different religions and cultures in the borough. It encourages social contact by organising social, religious, cultural and educational activities. It also aims to establish links with the voluntary sector and local authority networks, to provide a way for culturally diverse communities to raise their issues.
Building cohesion: We promote better understanding between different faiths and cultures in Basingstoke and Deane, enabling dialogues and collaboration, as well as supporting each other to be an integral part of local society and its development.
Events: through our numerous social, religious, cultural and educational activities, we encourage social contact amongst different communities.
Facilitating partnerships and consultations: We work to establish links with and offer consultations to the rest of the voluntary sector alliances and local authority networks, and thus provide a main channel through which culturally diverse communities can raise their issues.
Social Services: We offer hot desk facilities for small community based groups. We also offer guidance for a wide range of issues including housing, employment, health, immigration, consumer, debt, community, benefits, equality, family and transport. This service can also be accessed online.
Training and Education: We work carefully selected partners to ensure various training opportunities are available throughout the year the help members build capability in a diverse range of disciplines.
Advice Surgeries: We organise a range of advice surgeries provided by solicitors, police and others.
To be the catalyst for inclusion, social cohesion and respect for diversity amongst the different communities in Basingstoke
Promote better understanding and cohesion between communities of diverse cultures, ethnicities and religious backgrounds.
Provide a platform for BME communities to connect with their heritage and support their socio-economic development built links with relevant agencies and service providers to ensure that people in hard-to-reach communities get the services they need and participate positively in civic society.
The core mandate of the group is to build bridges that bring communities together for a stronger and more cohesive Basingstoke. With a steady shift in the ethnic composition of Basingstoke population over the last two decade, therefore, the value of an organisation like BMF cannot be over-emphasised.