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Being Visible in Our Communities

The National Ambulance BME Forum is keen to participate in events that raise awareness of BME communities, their culture and heritage each year. An important part of this is the engagement events at a local level throughout the year, and whist we have had a small presence at events in the past we are keen to increase this going forward. The network is also keen to raise awareness of the lived experiences of our BME communities and hope that in sharing our resources and taking part in events both at a local and national level we can increase our visibility in our communities.

Our Blog

Welcome to the blog section of our National Ambulance BME Forum website. This section will feature some blog posts from members of the forum highlighting our diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests. We are an inclusive and intersectional forum and we hope this section helps you to know us better as professionals and people.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, June 2020

June marks Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) History Month. Members of the GRT communities continue to face significant health inequalities often as a result of prejudice and lack of awareness around their rich culture and heritage. The NABMEF thanks John Lee of East of England Ambulance Service for sharing his story which has been key to the development of this resource.

World Refugee Day, 20 June 2020

The National Ambulance BME Forum recognises the importance of World Refugee Day 20 June this year more than ever. As we see follow the unfolding information regarding COVID19 and Black Lives Matter we understand the impact these events will have on our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. The resource is aimed at highlighting the added difficulties refugees face, as well as the ways in which they contribute to our workplace and county as a whole. We hope you find this informative reading.

NABME Forum letter, May 2020

Please find attached a copy of the letter has written to Trusts encouraging BME staff to participate in any additional risk assessments and seek the necessary help. This work is so important in a bid to protect our BME staff who are at a higher risk of acquiring COVD-19 infection.

 

Lesbian Visibility Week, April 2020

In celebration of the first-ever Lesbian Visibility Week, running from Monday April 20, until Sunday April 26, which is Lesbian Visibility Day our first blog comes from Sharifa Hashem.

Sharifa is a Patient Engagement Manger for South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and has kindly agreed to share her LGBTQ+ journey as a BME female with us.

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