BEMIS is the national umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland. BEMIS was established in 2001 to promote the interest of minority ethnic voluntary organisations, develop capacity and support inclusion and integration of ethnic minorities communities. It is a member-led and managed organisation with an elected board of directors.
The major aims and objectives of BEMIS are to represent and support the development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector across Scotland, and to support the diverse communities and individuals that this sector represents, especially those who are under- represented and disadvantaged. BEMIS aims to address inequalities by empowering communities, working towards an inclusive society by establishing structures, which recognise diversity and empowers ethnic minorities, and ensuring that they are fully recognised and supported as a valued part of the Scottish multicultural civic society.
Initial Key aims and objectives:
To strengthen the capacity of the ethnic minorities voluntary sector.
Raise the profile of the ethnic minorities’ voluntary sector and its needs at strategic, local and national levels.
Have a coordinating role for the voice of the ethnic minorities’ voluntary sector, ensuring pertinent issues are raised with the relevant bodies.
To take a lead on policy issues and debate which are of concern to minority ethnic communities at both local and national levels.
Work in partnership with all stakeholders and the diverse Ethnic Minorities communities in support of equality and a multicultural Scotland.