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Inspiration 2013



REACH Community Health Project organised: 

Inspiration 2013: A BME Employability & Health Developmental Day

This conference took placen the 20th of September 2013, in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Glasgow.  The event focused on the issues of Employability and Health relating to BME communities and highlighted the work that REACH has undertaken in the area of employability.  The main supporters of the event were Voluntary Action Fund (VAF), Health and Social Care Alliance, Jobs & Business Glasgow and delivered in collaboration with partner organisations.

REACH Community Health Project is an innovative, national, third sector organisation dedicated to bridging the gap in Health & Wellbeing services for the members of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities in Scotland.  REACH provides a range of culturally sensitive preventative Health and Wellbeing services and is fully engaged in a number of capacity building projects including Cultural Diversity Training Programmes.  Concurrently, REACH has helped to build evidence based around ethnicity & health / wellbeing issues in Scotland and provides policy recommendations at local and national level

Why Inspiration 2013

REACH’s “Employability & Health: BME Skills Development Path Training Programme”, funded by the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit via the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF), has proved a success.  From April 2012 – September 2013 the project assisted 95 vulnerable BME community members towards a meaningful employment route.  This means that people were given the support to take action for themselves.  This includes undertaking a course to improve their English language or a course towards a vocational qualification and many others. The project helped REACH to attain a deeper understanding about the needs and challenges for BME communities in relation to employability. It further helped REACH to investigate alternative ways to support those BME individuals who are unable to access mainstream services or find the employability schemes available which are relevant to their nee

The half day event provided an opportunity for BME communities and those involved in the area of employability and health to learn more about each other’s needs. The participants of the event included stakeholders and partners whom REACH have engaged with and included others with an interest in community development and integration. The event provided a platform for BME communities to meet with organisations and to receive direct advice from career advisors, prospective employers, intermitting agencies and specialised healthcare providers.

The Closed Session

This was chaired by Shabir Banday, Director of REACH Community Health Project, with a key note speech from Nicola Sturgeon, Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), representing her constituency.  A number of speakers representing diverse organisations from the third and the public sector shared their best practices and research around BME employability and health issues and challenges. There were a number of workshops facilitated by the partner organisations to help participants gain knowledge around employability and health and to discuss issues around employability.

The Market Place - Open session with Stalls

The market place was an open event where communities could come and go over the course of the day. The feedback and figures from the stall holders show that over a hundred people visited the stall areas.  The stalls were hosted by organisations providing employment and training information.  Other organisations offered tests to identify conditions such as Viral Hepatitis, Diabetes, Eye Conditions and Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as other health conditions.

For more details, or a copy of the full report, please email:

 Karen Stokes:


Event Details

  • Start Date :-2013-08-20
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  • Organized By :- REACH Community Health Project
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