Scottish BME Organisations

ABERDEEN

Polish Association www.paaberdeen.co.uk/

The Polish association in Aberdeen helps Polish people to integrate, network with others in a friendly environment, and helps people find new friends and get involved in local community life.

Grampian Racial Equality Council www.grec.co.uk
Casework; Counselling & Mediation, Interpreting & Translation, Information & Advice, Training & Research.

DUMFRIES

MINORITY COMMUNITIES SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT www.dagcas.info

The project aims to raise awareness of the advice and information available to minority communities, working collaboratively with a range of local support agencies to promote the service and increase referrals.

DUNDEE

WELFARE RIGHTS TEAM www.welfarerights@dundeecity.gov.uk

Provision of free, confidential welfare rights and money advice, including information, advocacy, support and representation.

BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC SERVICE www.dundeecarerscentre.org.uk

The BME team aims to make information and services accessible to carers and disabled people from minority ethnic communities through the work of Multilingual Development Workers and a Welfare Rights Officer.

DUNDEE CARERS CENTRE www.dundeecarerscentre.org.uk

The centre aims to support disabled people and carers from Minority Ethnic communities in Dundee.

AMINA MUSLIM WOMENS HELPLINES www.mwrc.org.uk

AMINA, Muslim Women Helpline offers a free and confidential information, advice and listening ear service to Muslim women living in Dundee.

EDINBURGH

PAKISTAN SOCIETY EDINBURGH www.pakistansociety.co.uk

The society offers advocacy services to Pakistani people living in Edinburgh. Staff can also assist people in completing forms, write letters and offer ongoing support throughout cases.

MULTI CULTURAL FAMILY BASE www.mcfb.org.uk

MCFB aims to enhance the wellbeing and life opportunities of vulnerable children, young people and their families in North Edinburgh, and from BME communities in the city of Edinburgh, to enhance standards within the social Services workforce and to contribute to a diverse and just society.

SCORESCOTLAND www.scorescotland.org.uk

Score Scotland serve communities in the West of Edinburgh, providing communities with advice and information, advocacy and representation for people experiencing racial discrimination, abuse or harassment.

SAHELIYA www.saheliya.co.uk
Is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black,  minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area. 

AFRICA CENTRE SCOTLAND www.africacentrescotland.org.uk

Africa centre Scotland work with many organisations in Scotland to help African heritage families and individuals in Scotland with information they need from education to health and housing issues.

EDINBURGH INTER- FAITH ASSOCIATION www.eifa.org.uk

The association promotes and facilitates positive engagement between all the faith communities living in Edinburgh.

EQUAL FUTURES www.equalfutures.org.uk
The association works across Central Scotland with families with a relative with a disability, including BME communities.

SHAKTI WOMENS AID www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk

Shakti’s Aid is an organisation that offers support, advocacy and information to Black and Minority thnic women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

SCORE SCOTLAND www.scorescotland.org.uk

Strenghtening communities for Race Equality Scotland is a voluntary organisation serving the minority ethnic communities in the West of Edinburgh.

POLISH FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE www.pfsc.co.uk 
The Polish Family Support Centre in Edinburgh aims to provide psychological, social, educational and advocacy services to Polish community in Scotland.

FALKIRK

CENTRAL SCOTLAND RACIAL EQUALITY COUNCIL www.centralscotlandrec.org.uk

Supports victims of discrimination and harassment through casework, legal representation and counselling.

FIFE

FIFE ARABIC SOCIETY www.fifearabicsociety.org.uk

The society provides the organisation of recreational activities designed to improve the quality of life in the Arab and host communities in Fife and elsewhere in Scotland with particular emphasis in health, social and integration issues. Languages spoken include Arabic and French.

FIFE LAW CENTRE www.fifelawcentre.co.uk

The centre help assist people who are unable to access legal justice or representation in recognised areas of unmet legal need. Languages spoken: Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi.

GLASGOW

ADVOCACY MATTERS (GREATER GLASGOW) www.advocacymatters.org.uk

Advocacy matters provides independent mental health advocacy for anyone with mental health problems aged 16 and over, who lives, is in the Hospital or full time education in the Greater Glasgow area. The association provides services to people from Minority Ethnic communities and to refugees and asylum seekers.

MONEY MATTERS www.moneymattersweb.co.uk

The association aims to tackle poverty and advance the education of the inhabitants of Glasgow in all matters relating to management of personal finances. Languages spoken include Urdu, Punjabi, polish, Russian, German and various Eastern European languages.

BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITIES INFRASTRUCTURE IN SCOTLAND (BEMIS) www.bemis.org.uk

Bemis is a Scottish organisation whose role it is to support organisations or individuals who are discriminated on grounds of race, culture, colour, faith, language. The core activities of BEMIS include capacity building, co-ordination and strategic influence, identifying and addressing areas for targeted support and development and partnership working.

THE WELL, ASIAN INFORMATION & ADVICE SERVICE www.thewell.org.uk

Free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. The service is open to BME communities.

SAFFRON PROJECT www.southside-ha.org

The Saffron Project provides Housing Support to young BME people who are at risk of homelessness. Support is also offered to older BME women who find themselves having to leave a difficult domestic situation.

ANDALUS www.andalus.co.uk

Andalus is a grassroots community based initiative, conducting a variety of activities to meet the needs and aspirations of Scottish Muslims, mainly comprised of people from the Pakistani ethnic group, but also includes participants from other minority ethnic groups, as well as people from the wider Scottish community.

BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITIES INFRASTRUCTURE IN SCOTLAND www.bemis.org.uk

BEMIS is committed to promoting inclusion, democratic active citizenship, recognition of diversity, human rights education and wider representation. BEMIS promotes social inclusion and inclusive active citizenship roles for the diverse Ethnic Minority communities living in Scotland.

CEMVO www.cemvoscotland.org.uk

The Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO) Scotland is a national intermediary organisation committed to serving the needs of Ethnic Minority communities in Scotland through a programme of social regeneration designed to enable the Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector to become self sufficient and sustainable in the long term.

AFRICAN COMMUNITY INTEGRATION CENTRE (ACIC) www.acic.org.uk

The organisation works to support the African community in Glasgow to achieve their full potential, and to contribute to Scottish society socially, economically and culturally.

RUSSIAN CENTRE IN SCOTLAND (HAVEN) www.rcshaven.org.uk

The purpose of the RCS “Haven” is to provide for the welfare and relieve the needs, both financial and otherwise, of Ethnic Minorities in Scotland, particularly members of the Russian-speaking community.

BRIDGES PROGRAMMES www.bridgesprogrammes.org.uk

BP arranges work shadowing and work experience placements for asylum seekers and refugees across all industry and business sectors. Languages spoken include Arabic, Portuguese, French, Fulfulde, Lingala, Moufou, Kikongo, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

BARNARDO’S APNA PROJECT www.barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s Apna offers a wide range of support to Black Minority Ethnic families who have a child or young person with a learning or physical disability living in any part of Glasgow.

REFUGEES INTO TEACHING IN SCOTLAND www.strath.ac.uk/cps/rites/

The organisation offers specialised, long term guidance and support to asylum seekers and refugees with teaching qualifications and/or experience who seek to enter the profession in Scotland.

NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN’S SOCIETY – SCOTLAND www.ndcs.org.uk

Support to families of Deaf Children from BME communities (Emotional Support through Parent network groups).

REACH COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT www.reachhealth.org.uk

REACH is a national third sector organisation with a key strategic role in improving the health and wellbeing of diverse Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. REACH works with individuals and organisations to address social issues and initiate appropriate service responses.

EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION www.equalityhumanrights.com

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has extensive legal powers and a dedicated directorate of expert lawyers who are specialist in equality law. The commission is therefore well equipped to take legal action on behalf of individuals coming from different Ethnic backgrounds.

COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS  www.crer.org.uk

The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, formerly the Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance (GARA), works to eliminate racial discrimination and promote racial justice across Scotland.


SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to provide advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland.

AMINA www.mwrc.org.uk

To promote the welfare of Muslim women by providing faith and culturally sensitive services and help with accessing services and participating in society by working with mainstream agencies and policy makers.

PERTH

PERTH CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU www.perthcab.org.uk

Information, advice, guidance and representation on a wide range of issues, including immigration, welfare, benefit and tax credits, discrimination, employment, etc. Volunteer speak: Polish, Hindi, Urdu, French.

PERTHSHIRE CHINESE COMMUNITY LUNCH club www.pkc.gov.uk

The aim of the club is to engage with the Chinese community and consult with them on a range of Health and Social Care issues.

SHETLAND

Shetland Islands Council www.shetland.org.uk

Provides English for speakers of other languages; information and signposting; advice and advocacy.