Resources for working with minority groups
Public engagement with minority groups promotes diversity, can bring fresh ideas and approaches, widens participation, and can help to foster a better understanding of the local community, making initiatives more relevant to them. Much of the literature tends to relate to black and ethnic minorities, but the definition of "minority group" also encompasses groups representing people with disabilities and those at risk of social exclusion. The following well-researched resources give valuable guidance on how to engage with and increase accessibility for all.
Community Engagement How To Guide: Engagement and Equalities - How to engage with minority ethnic communities
This section of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration's Community Engagement How To guide (2007) gives practical advice on engaging with minority ethnic communities. Based on the National Standards for Community Engagement, this guidance will help you apply each standard in all stages of engagement with minority groups, from planning through to evaluation.
Engaging with your Local Black and Minority Ethnic Communities: Making it Happen. Good Practice Guidance
This Toolkit incorporates the findings of Hampshire's Black and Minority Ethnic Awareness Project (BMAP) (2006), and offers seven steps to engaging with BME communities. Within each section, comprehensive guidance notes are followed by a set of Action Points for you to work through. The first steps relate to information gathering and developing understanding of the issues affecting BME communities. Guidance on engagement follows, such as identifying points of contact in the local community, to capitalising on opportunities for engagement through existing BME events. The examples are specific to Hampshire, but provide a comprehensive list that you can tailor to your own situation. Short case studies provide valuable insights. The Equality and Diversity Checklist would be a useful exercise to undertake whatever your remit.
This How To guide from Participation Works looks at how children and young people's different faiths and cultures can impact on participation work. There are practical tips on how to ensure that a diverse range of children and young people can be engaged, general definitions of diversity as well as guidance on how to develop meaningful and effective diversity policies and procedures in partnership with children and young people.
This document aims to support HEI staff involved in the planning, organising, publicising and running of events. The guidance highlights how events and their associated documents can be delivered in a manner that is accessible to disabled people. Each section ends with an invaluable checklist that can be incorporated into existing event management systems.