The Leeds BME Hub is a partnership between Leeds City Council and all local BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities. The aim of the Hub is to offer a way for the voice of minority communities to be heard by the decision makers in Leeds City Council. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in BME issues in Leeds

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How the Hub is run

The work of the Hub is shaped by Representatives from BME communities. They help to decide priorities for action and set out the work that the Hub will undertake. The Representatives meet monthly to decide what should happen next. The Hub can have up to 10 representatives at any time. The current representatives are:

  • Jocelyn Bass
  • David Hamilton
  • Bridget Robinson
  • Lara Rose

The Hub is supported by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) who help to take the direction the Representatives have set out and make it happen.

If you would like to become a Hub rep please contact

What the Hub does

Thematic meetings

The Hub organises up to 4 ‘thematic meetings’ every year. These meetings choose a particular  topic (e.g. employment or health) and anyone can attend them. The Hub invites local experts and leaders to explain how they services are delivered and how they are targeted at BME communities. After this attendees discuss ways that things could be improved. After the meeting a report is prepared and the Hub reps decide how to take things forward

Health and Wellbeing subgroup

The Hub felt that Health and Wellbeing was so important that it set up a subgroup to look specifically at how to improve things for BME communities. This group meets every 2 months.

Black History Month

Every year the Hub take a major role in promoting and celebrating Black History Month. It organises events during the month (and at other times) to promote the contribution that BME communities make in Leeds and further afield.


From time to time the BME Hub helps Leeds City Council and other public sector organisations to find out what BME people think, before big decisions are made.

Regular e-bulletin

The BME Hub provides a monthly newsletter full of information and advice about BME issues. It includes links to services in the public and third sector, links to training and events and updates on policy changes.

BME Hub Workplan

The BME Hub is committed to being clear about what it is trying to achieve in the interests of BME people across Leeds. To help you to understand our aims and objectives we’ve decided to publish our workplan for the year. The workplan sets our what events we’re planning and when they are likely to be. It also shows what kind of work we’re doing and the progress we’re making. This is a ‘live’ document and we plan to update it regularly. You’ll find the most recent version of our workplan attached below.

Contact the BME Hub

To get in touch with a VAL team member supporting the BME Hub please see the details below:

Engagement Worker, Annette Morris –  - 0113 297 7920

Forum Worker, Ann Crossland –

Development Worker, Richard.Warrington –


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BME Hub Workplan

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