Norfolk Black History Month
For Norfolk Black Heritage and Culture (NBHC), working in partnership to promote the contributions, achievements and heritage of the growing Black communities in Norfolk is an important strand of our anti-racist work. Our ultimate aim, of course, is not that Black achievement is celebrated for a month each year but that it is integrated appropriately into all aspects of our society throughout the year. NBHC supports and encourages members to explore diverse ways to incorporate this agenda – of countering racism through positive strategies for the inclusion of Black experiences and perspectives – into their work programmes
Every Year BCHN coordinates and organises over 100 events cross the county to celebrate Black History Month (BHM) which serves as an education project as well as an entertaining experience for those who know little of, or are just curious about, African, Asian and Caribbean culture and the British connection. The events are for different ages and tastes from talks and lectures to theatre and music, from family fun to children’s activities. Norfolk Black History Month is supported by communities and voluntary groups, statutory agencies such as local authorities, museums, libraries and criminal justice agencies.
Further information: http://www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org.uk/
NBHC as part of Norfolk Black History Month celebration working in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council offers small grant towards community activities in support of events to celebrate Black History Month in October.
There is £200 grant available for groups or communities to put on an event to celebrate Black History Past, Present & Future in Norfolk, and raise awareness of the person or event they are celebrating. This small grant allows communities celebrate Black History Past, Present and Future acknowledging the role of Black History as a force for change in shaping and developing our present world in social, artistic, cultural, economic aspects and bringing scientific and technological advancements.
Black BEATS is NBHC’s music and art project promoting local black art and talent to communities. As part of this project NBHC organises a monthly fund raising event at various location across the County with the support of local artists.
Norfolk Black Enterprise leaders (NOBEL) aims to support personal, professional and business development of individuals and communities through mentoring and coaching support. As part of this project NBHC trains mentors and coaches, recruits mentees and coaches in partnership with schools, business and voluntary agencies and manages the project.
Youth Mentoring Project
Black Heritage and Culture Norfolk have been working with New Route to support the development of young people through a mentoring shame. Member of the BHCN and committee members of Norfolk Black History Month has been mentoring young people negotiate through adulthood by given mentoring and guidance as volunteer mentors to the New Route Youth Mentoring Scheme. The New Routes Youth Mentoring Project partner’s ethnic minority young people, often asylum seekers and refugees, aged 14 – 22, with local young people to support educational achievement and promote cross-cultural friendship and understanding. The project has been running since October 2007 and currently supports 12 mentor/mentee partnerships as well as a weekly Homework Support Club at Norwich Social Centre.
Further information http://newroutes.org.uk/the-new-routes-youth-mentoring-project
‘Wise up’ is the NBHC schools project. The project aims to raise awareness of Black History and Culture in schools and educational establishments through projects and workshops.