BSC Multicultural Services

‘The Queen’s Award 2022’ for BSC Multicultural Services

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BSC Multicultural Services (BSCMS), working in partnership with Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, is delighted to announce that a new Social Prescribing Service for the Black Ethnic Minority (BME) communities in Ipswich and East Suffolk area has been established. Our three part-time Social Prescribers will be proactively working with other agencies / stakeholders (eg, GP surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies) to provide one-to-one holistic service to clients from diverse backgrounds.

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Queens Award

BSC Multicultural Services (BSCMS) is a multi-award-winning charity and community organisation. It was established in 1998 by a group of dedicated community volunteers. For more than 24 years now it has been playing a significant role in improving the quality of life of local BME people in Ipswich and Suffolk. In recognition of its high quality of services, BSCMS was awarded MATRIX, a national quality standard, and it received an All-Inclusive Finalist Award from the Learning and Skills Council for its GET IT ON! project.

BSCMS has received recognition at local, regional and national level, having won the ‘Best Community Organisation’ award in the UK, and was invited to Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Sandringham Castle in 2012. In 2018, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Community Foundation recognised BSCMS with the ‘Working Together Award’ and, in May 2018, when HRH Prince Edward visited Ipswich he praised BSCMS’s ‘wonderful’ work.

A year later, BSCMS won the ‘Suffolk Voluntary Organisation of the Year’ award from Suffolk Community Foundation. BSCMS work has been promoted locally and showcased at the national level, including in the House of Commons. The High Sheriff of Suffolk recognised BSCMS with ‘The Suffolk Award’ for its outstanding service during the COVID-19 pandemic and now BSCMS has been awarded the prestigious The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2022.

Boshor Ali, Chairman of BSCMS, said, “I am delighted that BSC Multicultural Services has been recognised. Congratulations to our trustees, staff, volunteers, service users, funders and well-wishers! For more than 24 years now, BSCMS has been serving our communities with dedication and commitment and I am very happy to receive this accolade. Well done to all my colleagues and let’s keep up the good work.”

Mahbub Alam ‘Shamim’, Treasurer of BSCMS, said, ‘Over the last two decades, BSCMS’s trustees, staff and volunteers have worked diligently to make Ipswich and Suffolk an inclusive, tolerant and prosperous place for everyone to live and work. Our work has not only had a positive impact on BME communities, but also the wider society as a whole. I am delighted that this has been finally acknowledged by none other than Her Majesty the Queen. This is a fantastic achievement for the whole team at BSCMS!’

BSC Multicultural Services – What it is and what it does

Formerly known as Bangladeshi Support Centre and set up 20 years ago by a committed group of volunteers it is now a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Operating from an accessible community building (that also houses other VCSE organisations including Citizens Advice, Ipswich) in Suffolk’s most ethnically diverse and vibrant town, the BSC reaches out to advance education and empower individuals and communities.

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Its mission remains:
“To support people of BME communities in Suffolk and engage them in social, cultural, educational and recreational activities by:
~ Advancing education and training
~ Empowering individuals and communities
~ Providing information, help and support in a culturally sensitive environment”

The organisation provides a number of capacity building programmes for local communities, a resource and learning centre and key referral advice agency. The project also works closely with statutory and voluntary organisation partners on projects related to health, education, employment, housing, welfare rights and crime.

Increasingly, we also work with individual communities to develop a stronger sense of cultural identity, skills in their heritage language and encourage engagement in education, both adults, children and young people. This work is not about segregating sections of any community from the wider community but about having a greater appreciation of their own self and their place in British society. As an ethnic minority organisation we have recently grown to considerable, and well-deserved, pre-eminence; and there are very few other specialist service providers like us dedicated to primarily serving the needs of BME communities and striving for harmonious inter-relationships and community cohesion.

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winners BSC wins Suffolk Voluntary Organisation of the Year Award – Inspiring Young People at the High Sheriff’s Awards 2019 on 28 March at Wherstead Park, Ipswich. See news item


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