The West London BMER Advice Network was formed in June 2013 to assist minority ethnic and refugee residents living or working in the six boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hammersmith & Fulham.
Its major role is to see that local BMER people can call on good quality advice services that are appropriate to their particular cultural background. There is a special emphasis on providing legal advice, developing strong partnerships between West London’s BMER organisations and across the advice sector ensuring that policy makers, local authorities, the providers of statutory services and funding bodies have a clear view of the diverse communities in the six boroughs.
Six refugee and migrant organisations were founding members of the Network: they are:
The Centre for Armenian Information and Advice (Ealing),
The Bosnia and Herzegovina Community Advice Centre (Brent),
The Iraqi Association (Hammersmith & Fulham),
The East European Advice Centre (Hammersmith & Fulham),
The Iranian Association (Hammersmith/Ealing),
Havelock Family Centre (Ealing)
The Network is based at The Centre for Armenian Information and Advice (CAIA) and chaired by the CAIA’s chief executive officer Misak Ohanian.
We also collaborate with a range of other local, regional or national organisations including Hammersmith and Fulham Refugee Forum, The Evelyn Oldfield Unit, the Migrant Rights Network and The Refugee Council.
The Network’s mission statement, setting out in its terms of reference, states that its aims are:
To promote access to good quality culturally appropriate advice services to all Residents of West London;
To promote, foster, develop and encourage closer working relationships amongst partner organisations;
To provide a voice for the BMER-led advice sector in West London and assist and influence policy and decision-making where it affects the work of the sector
There are three tiers of membership:
Full membership of the Network is open to BMER-led advice providing organisations with the Advice Quality Standard (AQS) based in West London.
Associate membership is open to capacity building organisations and such other organisations that support the Network’s aims and objectives.
Provisional membership shall be open to BMER-led advice providers who are actively working towards obtaining the Advice Quality Standard
The Network’s full Terms of Reference can be viewed here (add link)