DEMRP was established in 2000 as a social and economic regeneration partnership, the Partnership is a formation of Black & Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups, voluntary & community organisations.
The Partnership established supports the coordination and collaboration action to foster social and economic regeneration and the promotion of education, employment, training and learning opportunities to BAME individuals, especially woman, the elderly and young people.
The DEMRP Partnership was established based on ‘consultation work’ conducted with local BAME communities & voluntary sector organisations and is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, managed by a diverse base of trustees / directors derived from local communities who supports DEMRP’s ethos of ensuring that the organisation works to the needs of people and organisations it serves.
The key findings of the consultations were:
There was a lack of engagement, consultation and participation of the BAME sector at regional, sub-regional and local level in relation to social and economic regeneration activities and services.
There were higher levels of unemployment and disadvantage faced by BAME Communities in deprived areas than in the mainstream community in those same areas.