At present the percentage of the population within Wyre Forest from a BME background is 3.1%. Further information and statistics on the current population of the district of Wyre Forest can be found on the district profile pages from Worcestershire County Council.
It is important that everyone in the Wyre Forest district is treated equitably. Recording, by ethnicity, all those who access the services and then comparing the figures with those who can potentially access services will highlight a failure of delivery. It will also help to plan future events and service plans.
BME stands for Black and Other Minority Ethnic (groups, communities etc).
Many different groups experience racism, racism exists everywhere and Wyre Forest is no exception. Sometimes racism can be worse in areas where the BME community is small. Then, the experience can be even more isolating and frightening because of the lack of community support.
The most important way of helping to fight racism is to challenge racist and other inappropriate language when it is safe to do so.
The largest BME community is the Bangladeshi population, followed by the Polish community with a discernable Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community also being established.
It is not possible to list acceptable terms or language, as these change frequently to reflect changes in the political climate and changes in the way a community or group may wish to be identified.
There is a zero tolerance to certain words. Other words which turn out to be inappropriate may be used in all innocence (for example, using the word “coloured” when referring to the Black community).
Do not be afraid to ask if you are not sure and do not be offended by a challenge if you make a mistake.
NW DIAL (North Worcestershire Disability Information and Advice Line)
The Talking Newspaper or contact Mrs Johnson 01299 823811