Barnet Black, Refugee and Minority Ethnic Network came together in response to racial inequalities. It lends its inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, which gathered momentum following the murder of George Floyd on 25th May 2020.
In Barnet, concern was raised that strategic decision-makers and influencers were not hearing the voices of Black communities. During the pandemic, organisations were delivering frontline services to Black communities. Many of these organisations struggled to access emergency funding to sustain themselves.
Emerging research has confirmed the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The Barnet BREM Network acts as an umbrella organisation. It attracts funding to support our communities, and we share tools and resources in a generous spirit of strengthening and empowering to facilitate race equality, encourage inclusion and acknowledge diversity.
CB Plus acts as the host organisation and is ambitious for it to be a stand-alone agency.