New ASEC group holds first meeting

Some members of the Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities (ASEC) group, including representatives from NIHE; NHSCT Equality Unit; St Vincent de Paul; Ballymena Clergy Group; Bahai Community; MEABC
Good Relations & PSCP; PSNI; High Kirk Presbyterian Church; Womens Aid; Education Authority Youth Service; Ballymena Church Members Forum and the Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA). (submitted pic).
Some members of the Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities (ASEC) group, including representatives from NIHE; NHSCT Equality Unit; St Vincent de Paul; Ballymena Clergy Group; Bahai Community; MEABC Good Relations & PSCP; PSNI; High Kirk Presbyterian Church; Womens Aid; Education Authority Youth Service; Ballymena Church Members Forum and the Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA). (submitted pic).

A group to support ethnic communities throughout Mid & East Antrim has held its inaugural meeting in the borough.

Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities (ASEC) formerly known as the Ballymena Inter Agency Support Group (BIAESG) met for the first time in Larne recently.

The group now cover the geographical area of Larne, Carrickfergus and Ballymena and brings together individuals from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors to explore ways of sharing best practice and identifying new approaches to support ethnic minority communities within the Mid and East Antrim area. It will also work in partnership with the Inter-Ethnic Forum (Mid and East Antrim).

ASEC’s vision is: ‘There is a strong network of agencies across Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne, working together to ensure that all people from ethnic minorities in Mid & East Antrim are welcomed and integrated into the Community.’

At the first meeting, new members were welcomed to the group and priorities discussed for the year 2016/17 with the view to making life better for people from minority ethnic communities.

The group would welcome new members to support and continue the ongoing work withminority ethnic communities.

If you or your organisation would like to offer support to members of the minority ethnic community in Mid and East Antrim and become a member of this group, contact Natasha Taylor, Inter Ethnic Forum (Mid and East Antrim) on (028) 2564 3605 or by email to natasha.taylor@interethnicforum.org.uk

You can also follow the group on twitter at @ASEC_MEA.