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The BEN Rainbow Project

BEN is working to put into places variations of this ground breaking project to empower ethnic minority communities to direct their own development in the built and natural environment.


A project for network services is also being planned.

The BEN Rainbow Project was funded by the Tackling Race Inequalities Fund, DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government)

BEN has put ethnic minority environmental participation on the agenda of mainstream organisations, but the level of engagement has been constrained by the lack of resources for outreach work. There was a clear role for empowering members of ethnic minority communities to initiate and enable environmental activities.

The Tackling Race Inequalities Fund gave BEN the stability to commit to a strategic programme in England enabling us to:

  • Identify potential Community Environmental Advocates (CEA) from ethnic minority communities for training to represent their wishes and needs using BEN's existing expertise and resources
  • Train Environmental Professionals to work effectively with ethnic minorities
  • Strengthen the BEN Network through focussed development of local networks and partnerships across the regions in areas of ethnic presence

The Community Environmental Advocates were trained to:

  • Know the range of environmental organisations and what they offer
  • Use environmental opportunities to meet the social, cultural and environmental needs of ethnic minority communities
  • Negotiate with environmental professionals and organise activities safely
  • Influence policy and represent issues and the wishes of ethnic minority communities
  • Take action to protect and improve the local environment

In parallel, the training of Environmental Professionals completed the picture. Environmental Professionals were trained to work effectively with ethnic minorities. They acquired insight, knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the context of working with diversity
  • Market the environmental opportunities offered effectively to ethnic minorities
  • Work effectively with ethnic minorities, confidently meeting the social, cultural and environmental needs of ethnic minority communities

The overall additional impact has been increased environmental participation among ethnic minority communities with the capacity, through having Environmental Advocates, to continue to generate new activities on their own terms and stronger local support networks to deliver community initiatives.

Extension to the Rainbow Project

The BEN Rainbow Training Project as detailed above was completed on 31.3.11. A 3 month extension to the project, from 1.4.11 to 30.6.11 has been awarded.

BEN will target 3 regions - North East, East Midlands, and East of England. We ran seminars in each of these regions. The seminars provided Community Environmental Advocates (CEA's) and members of their communities with developmental training and contacts in significant environmental and heritage networks new to them in order to enable them to access expertise and opportunities, thereby creating the basis for increasing the levels of civic participation among people from BAME groups in these areas.

BEN Rainbow Project
Community Environmental Advocates Training Programme

Why did BEN want to do this project?
The opportunities that the environmental sector offers can make a significant difference to the quality of life of ethnic minority communities and enable them to take action to improve their local environment in the way they want.

But, many community groups feel that they need support to get the knowledge, information and skills to represent and develop activities for their communities.

This is what this exciting and important project is about - providing training that results in informed, skilled and confident Community Environmental Advocates who will be able to unlock all the benefits that ethnic minority communities can gain from environmental opportunities.


What kind of training has been provided for Community Environmental Advocates?
Community Environmental Advocates have been trained to:

  • Know the range of environmental organisations and what they offer
  • How to use environmental opportunities to meet the social, cultural and environmental needs of ethnic minority communities
  • How to negotiate with environmental professionals and organise activities safely
  • Influence policy and represent issues and the wishes of ethnic minority communities
  • How to take action to protect and improve the local environment


What does a participant doing the full course need to be committed to do?
Community Environmental Advocates in all regions except South West will be committed to:

  • Attending 2 half-day training sessions in the afternoon, plus a full day visit to an environmental site. These are once a week except for where we have adjusted the dates to avoid half-term. If there is a demand for evening sessions we will offer them.
  • Complete an assignment between the training sessions. It is estimated that this will take around 3 hours.  This will consist of some reading, plus either an activity or a piece of writing showing that you have been thinking through the subject matter.
  • During the course or within one month of finishing, initiate 2 activities with members of your group to demonstrate what you have learnt. You will be supported and mentored to develop these.
  • Participate in evaluation of the project to help us see how well we have served you and to improve on what we do.
  • South West participants are being offered 1 full day training plus 1 full day visit.


BEN Rainbow Project
Environmental Professionals Training Programme

Why did BEN want to do this project?
The opportunities that the environmental sector offers can make a significant difference to the quality of life of ethnic minority communities and enable them to play their part to protect or improve their local environment in the way they want. This is especially important since we are soon expecting, around 2010, the first cities in England to have ethnic minority majorities.

But, many environmental professionals feel that they need support to get the knowledge, information and skills to work effectively with members of ethnic minority communities in order to make full participation a reality

This is what this exciting and important project is about - providing training that results in informed, skilled and confident environmental professionals who will be able to work effectively with ethnic minorities to unlock all the benefits that they can gain from environmental opportunities, and release their vast missing contribution.


What kind of training has been provided for Environmental Professionals?
Environmental Professionals have been trained to:

  • Understand the context of working with diversity
  • Market the environmental opportunities offered effectively to ethnic minorities
  • Work effectively with ethnic minorities, confidently meeting the social, cultural and environmental needs of ethnic minority communities


The Legacy of the BEN Rainbow Project
The infrastructural work of BEN is to achieve a critical mass of skilled environmental personnel and ethnic minority community groups with the capacity to continue the work into the future across England. This is achieved by leaving a dynamic legacy at every stage.

The exit strategy is therefore to deliver our work in ways that ensure the following outcomes:

  1. Support and train environmental personnel
          Legacy:
          •Committed skilled environmental personnel
          • Partnerships for further joint work
  2. Reach out to ethnic minority community groups
          Legacy:
           • Newly interested ethnic minority community groups motivated   to continue to access environmental participation
  3. Identify and train Community Environmental Advocates
          Legacy:
           • A network of skilled Advocates stimulating further engagement   within ethnic minority communities
  4. Produce good practice and guidance
          Legacy:
           • Significant knowledge and skills captured for the future
  5. An annual Community Environmental Advocates workshop at the BEN 
     Networking Conference
          Legacy:
           • Maintain the momentum of Community Environmental    Advocates
           • Standards maintained by attending to identified needs
  6. Strengthen Network services
          Legacy:
           • A stronger and more active network at local, regional and    national level
  7. Contribution to policy
         Legacy:
           • BEN's work on committees and advisory groups will bring    policy, strategy and actions closer to the needs of ethnic    minorities into the future
  8. The public face of BEN
          Legacy:
           • BEN's speaker service and media work will build awareness,
             understanding and commitment to increasing ethnic     environmental participation into the future
  9. Fundraise to further complete the infrastructural work of BEN across England.
          Legacy:
           • The means to continue the work of having full ethnic minority   participation across England

 

 

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