Peach Consultancy

What are the specific needs of BME organisations?

Peach Consultancy has completed an ‘Assessment of the capacity building and development needs of black and minority ethnic organisations in Crawley’.

Peach Consultancy were commissioned by Crawley Borough Council, working in partnership with West Sussex County Council and NHS West Sussex to undertake an evaluation of the capacity building and development needs of black and minority ethnic organisations in Crawley and surrounding areas.

The Report highlights that public agencies and voluntary sector infrastructure agencies should proactively and collaboratively develop a clear and discrete capacity building strategy and model for generic and BME organisations, which should include an overall communication strategy for addressing access barriers, and to identify broader channels to be used for VCS communications allowing greater flexibility to try new ideas.

The assessment was intended to provide an opportunity to gather information about the needs of BME groups as well as to provide a clearer picture which will help to produce a strategic partnership framework for engaging, involving and crucially, supporting local BME groups.

The Report also highlights that both public sector and infrastructure support agencies should redouble their efforts to combat negative perceptions regarding the accessibility and complexity of public grant and tender processes, and promote much greater awareness and usage of national infrastructure resources, for example during new group registration and needs assessment exercises.