Lodi, C. & Vidal, V, Black South West Network (BSWN) April 2023
The Community-Led Momentum in Gloucestershire To Tackle Healthcare Inequalities Through The Strategic Rebuilding of The Black And Minoritised Voluntary Sector
This project began in early 2021, when the Gloucestershire Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Alliance identified a gap in the VCS representation for Black and Minoritised people in the county. The Black South West Network (BSWN) was therefore commissioned by the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS GCCG) to undertake a piece of scoping work on the capacity and capability of the Black and Minoritised VCS voice within ICSs, also in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC).
This report aims to capture both the challenges and opportunities given by the current Gloucestershire community-led momentum to tackle racial healthcare inequalities.
The research piece was overseen by a strategic Steering group including representation from its funder, the county council, the VCS Alliance and the Black and Minoritised VCS in
Gloucestershire. This mapping research provided a route for dialogue, and its preliminary findings supported and accompanied the development of meaningful Black and Minoritised community-led action in the county.