South West Dorset Multicultural Network (SWDMCN)
The South West Dorset Multicultural Network welcomes members from all black and minority ethnic groups.
The network was formed in partnership with West Dorset District Council but operates under its own constitution. It is managed by a voluntary committee. The network is now a registered charity with an agreed set of objectives. (pdf, 117kb) (opens in a new window) .
The network produces a regular newsletter (pdf, 255kb) (opens in a new window) and arranges a number of social events during the year, including a multicultural celebration day each October. Opportunities are also provided throughout the year to discuss more serious issues. The network is represented on various strategic steering groups and committees in the area.
Annual General Meeting 2013
The South West Dorset Multicultural Network would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting (pdf, 562kb) (opens in a new window) which is being held on the 15 May from 6pm to 8pm at the new West Dorset District Council offices in South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ.
The speaker this year is Gabrielle Marks who will be giving a fascinating talk entitled "Go Back to Where You Came From - The Search for my Identity and What I Discovered".
A FREE light Thai buffet will be served from 6pm.
Anyone wishing to join the committee must complete a nomination form (word, 118kb) (opens in a new window) and return it to Emma Scott by Friday the 10 May.
Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2013
This years Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Celebration (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) will be taking place on Friday the 31 May between noon and 4pm in Borough Gardens in Dorchester.
The will be a traditional Gypsy caravan and lots of Gypsy artefacts on show and lots of activities to take part in - including willow weaving and peg making. There will be live traditional music and story telling and also displays depicting traditional life on the road.
Black History Month 2013
This will be taking place at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on Saturday the 12 October 2013 from 6pm. This FREE family oriented event will include music and afro Caribbean food and is guaranteed to bring some some sunshine to the Autumn. For more information please contact Emma Scott at the details below.
This Is Our Home Too
The Dorset Race Equality Council have now launched their report 'This Is Our Home Too'. Commissioned by the SWDMCN, the report explores the problems BME residents living in West Dorset. It covers a range of topics including health, the police service, education, employment and housing and makes a number of recommendations based directly on people's experiences of living in Dorset.
You can download a copy of the This Is Our Home Too report (pdf, 534kb) (opens in a new window) or contact Emma Scott for a printed version.