Tom Hunt announced as Ambassador for award-winning Ipswich charity
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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.
Saturday School is postponed.
Today (18/09/20), Tom Hunt, MP for Ipswich, was officially unveiled as a new Ambassador for BSC Multicultural Services (BSCMS), a multi-award-winning charity in Ipswich with more than 20 years of excellent track record.
As an Ambassador Hunt will become more closely involved in the charity’s work in the community and play a key role in promoting it and helping it reach more people. This includes BSC Multicultural Services’ programmes like the Supplementary School run on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for disadvantaged young people and the Befriending Scheme which supports vulnerable elderly people to stay fit, healthy and independent.
Previously known as the Bangladeshi Support Centre, BSC Multicultural Services was established in 1998 by local volunteers. It now supports local people from over 50 different nationalities, and from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. (Some of the charity’s achievements in 2019 can be found at the end of this release.)
Hunt has been in close contact with BSC Multicultural Services since before he was elected and since then has been coordinating with the charity on issues like the community response to Covid-19 and his membership of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, BSC Multicultural Services has been at the forefront, delivering hundreds of food parcels to some of the most vulnerable people in Ipswich in partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation.
Hunt has also raised the excellent work of BSC Multicultural Services in the House of Commons and in his maiden speech he acknowledged the enormous contribution the Bangladeshi Community makes to Ipswich.
Following the announcement, Tom said:
“It’s brilliant to become an Ambassador of BSC Multicultural Services. They have played an invaluable role in our Town for more than 20 years and never has this come to the fore than during the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working closely with the leadership team over the coming years. Not only have they done a fantastic job supporting our wonderful Bangladeshi community here in Ipswich, but also people from over 50 other nationalities.”
“During COVID-19 they have been supporting some of the most vulnerable within our community through their Emergency Food Packs and Hardship Fund, and hundreds of families in desperate need are receiving invaluable support.”
Following the announcement, Chair of BSC Multicultural Services, Boshor Ali said: “Tom Hunt is a very good friend of BSCMS and we are delighted to have him as our Ambassador, proactively supporting our work locally and championing us at the national level. We can now build on this going forward!”
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.
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.
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