What We Do

We work collaboratively with our members and other youth facing organisation to provide unique, innovative and life changing opportunities, projects and programmes, bettering the lives of BAME young people in the UK.

Activities & Projects


Arts & Crafts

Themed arts, cards and gifts, graffiti art, face painting, glass painting, hair braiding, mobiles, puppets, printing.

Games & Problem-solving

Team games, non-competitive games, group games, team-building games, puzzles and quizzes.

Cooking lessons & Healthy Eating

Traditional foods, pancakes, cake decorating, non-alcoholic cocktails.

Health Activities

Sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) awareness, chlamydia screening, health and wellbeing, mental health, workshops from CCGs and vaccination.

The Arts

Drama, music, video, dance, painting.

Sports & Physical Activities

Traditional sports, unusual sports, competitions, physical activities.

Issue Based Activities

Drugs and alcohol, rough sleeping and homelessness, sex and sexuality, anti-racism, antibullying, environmental, global citizenship.

Information, Advice & Guidance

Providing information, advice and guidance on benefits, housing, education, CV-writing, job search, interview skills, homelessness, money and debt.

Social Issues

Fighting poverty and promote education

BME Youth fights against poverty in BME children and young people in the United Kingdom. There is a growing number of children living in poverty in the UK and the gap is even wider in the BME children. Reports indicate that in some deprived areas, over 40% of BME children go to school empty stomach and this is affecting their learning and in turn has an impact in their lives. In some areas, the number of BME children leaving school without grades is worrying. Lack of skills affect life opportunities. Unemployment is higher in BME young people who face many challenges.

Sexual Exploitation, FGM & GBV

BME Youth fights child sexual exploitation, FGM and HBV. and forced marriages. We are taking a leading tole in fighting against child sexual exploitation which is affecting our young people. We make awareness of this issue within families. We are also fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM) which is prevalent in some of our communities. We produce literature, arranging workshops, and awareness in families especially during holidays. We also fight against honor based violence together with forced marriages.

Child Protection and Domestic Violence

BME Youth fights against child abuse, domestic violence and for the protection of children. In families experiencing domestic violence, children and young people are affected the most. Young girls who get married younger may be overwhelmed by domestic violence. We support children and young people in difficult relationships. Under this programme, we also support children and young people from child sexual exploitation and abuse usually within the homes or from close relatives. We deliver training and awareness of child abuse and child protection.

Health and Social Care for children and adolescents

BME Youth promotes the health and wellbeing of BME children & young people in the United Kingdom. Generally, young people are more likely to be affected by mental illness. However, young people from BME communities especially young black men are four times more likely to be sanctioned under mental health act and enter through the justice system. We are working with our partners to develop a nationwide project on mental health of BME young people. We are also participating in chlamydia screening, STI/HIV prevention and cancer awareness.

Our Projects

COVID-19 Support Project

COVID-19 Support distributes and delivers parcels of food, mental health support, job support service and support those who have a problem with drugs and alcohol during the coronavirus period to BAME young people across Norfolk and Waveney and London. COVID-19's impact can be felt by us all and we are only just beginning to understand some of the implications it can have on the social, financial, physical and mental wellbeing. At BME Youth we know that talking to others is essential to address concerns felt by people.

Inspire 2022 Project

Led by young people, for their community. This year people across the UK will come together in their communities to organise, attend and participate in events of all shapes and sizes, from the Platinum Jubilee, Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Women’s Euros and Coventry City of Culture to community festivals and the fifth annual Great Get Together. Inspire 2022 is using this year’s packed events calendar as a springboard for young people to design activities for their own communities. The inspiration behind Inspire 2022 is the tenth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where a promise was made to ‘Inspire a Generation’. It is designed to be a flexible programme of youth-led social action and community events across the UK, putting young people in the driving seat, but with laser-sharp focus on the needs of the whole community.

EmpowHER Project

EmpowHER Project was launched to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, EmpowHER encourages young women and girls (YW&G) to use their voices for positive change. Led by UK Youth, in partnership with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust, EmpowHER was a three-and-a-half-year programme addressing the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst YW&G in the UK, supporting them to give back to their local communities with inclusive, meaningful social action. Participants progressed through a powerful journey of social engagement, social learning, social action, and youth leadership, breaking down personal barriers and used their voice to lead change in communities.

Together Fund Project

The Together Fund is a Sport England initiative which supports voluntary community organisations to recover and emerge from the long-term impacts of COVID-19. It was previously known as the ‘Tackling Inequalities Fund’. Whilst it was previously focused on providing an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund has now evolved. It now exists to help reduce the negative impacts of COVID-19 and help community groups to grow. It concentrates mainly on supporting these groups to reach and engage their audiences in movement and physical activity.

Strangers Dress and Dance Project

Stranger's Dress and Dance: Norwich Congolese Cultural Tradition Heritage Project is a pilot heritage project about cultural traditions of Congolese refugees in Norwich. The project concentrates on the dress and dance of Congolese refugees in Norwich in the East of England. The project is needed to preserve and protect the cultural dress and dance of the Congolese to be passed on from the elders to young people. The cultural tradition of dress and dance are at risk of disappearing when the elders pass away as young people are adopting modern western dress and hip-hop dance forgetting Congolese dress and dance. The project will enable Congolese living in Norwich to learn about their cultural traditional costumes and dance, their significance, where they are worn especially traditional events, what kind of costumes are worn by traditional leaders and their differences from those worn by the subjects such as chiefs and subjects in an area, why certain traditional costumes are forbidden from being worn by people who are not part of the cult like the Nyau or Gure culture, bridal dresses, traditional healers dresses and so on. Congolese will perform research to get facts and information about their traditional costumes and dance. The research will involve talking to traditional elders and contacting traditional people back home in Africa.
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  • Practical knowledge & resources
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  • Accreditation for Young People
  • Access to programmes

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