Bradford BME Partnership
Improving services to BME communities in the Bradford area
Bradford is one of five Integrated Community Strategy Areas, a key initiative owned by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) which aims to reduce BME inequalities by co-designing local integration strategies to take tailored actions to address the challenges specific to their place. The Bradford DWP team led on labour market improvements to increase employment outcomes for BME customers. The team;
•Researched and provided detailed information regarding the barriers facing ethnic minorities in Bradford and gaps in existing services.
•Identified a lack of provision for Asian women furthest from the labour market and Asian female graduates
•Co-delivered workshops for stakeholders and partners with MHCLG to encourage innovative ideas which we could pilot to deliver service improvements and increase outcomes for these groups
•Developed creative solutions, particularly for BME women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin who had the worst employment rates and face the most severe barriers to employment.
•Procured a multi layered provision for these women, delivered in new community settings, exploiting fresh techniques, improving services to individuals who did not engage via traditional services and securing employment for some customers who had never worked.
•Engaged with two other local community groups to share good practice and deliver a similar service in other parts of the district.
•Set up a textile academy, in partnership with employers and the local college, securing employment for BME women.
•Developed a joint intervention strategy with the University to research and test additional support for graduates, funding provision with local partners, securing employment for customers.
•Attended a Ministerial DWP RDA challenge event in London, sharing the good practice from Bradford
•Contributed to the Bradford Stronger Communities Together Partnership aims for improving integration in the Bradford area