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and prison action groups.  

So why is PRENO doing this?  There is a taboo/stigma about BME’s taking jobs within the prison service.  Prison work is important to build the skills, look at nutritional, pastoral and everyday needs of the BME detainees.  With BME’s going into prisons as volunteers this will inevitably increase the take-up of BME prison staff.  

Improving Reach – This project is going well.  PRENO is doing work with the Portsmouth Multicultural Group.  Through PRENO, Trish Edwin-Kentebe, Treasurer of the Multicultural Group, and Alexis Mukwa, Chair of the Grace Association, have been able to undertake a Portsmouth University course on writing a Business Plan for their organisations.

Community Organisation Development Worker Post – Taki Jaffer has settled-in well to his new post and is capacity-building well.  This is increasing our BME links and numbers of people involved in PRENO.  

The Big Lottery BASIS Bid – JP said that PRENO is through successfully to Stage Two of this bid and we have been the only group in Portsmouth to get this far.  However, we will not know if our application is successful until late December ‘07.  TBD then presented the following slides:-  

Slide 1 - Current & Future PRENO Events – Monday 15th October 2007

Slide 2 - Mental Health Project

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Targeting elders from 3 BME local Communities – Chinese, Vietnamese & Sikh

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Service Providers

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Improve uptake of mental health services and provision by..

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Consulting BME on their perceptions, knowledge of provision & suggestions for improvement

Slide 3 - Race Equality Prison Community Liaison

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Working with 5 local prisons

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Race Equality Action Groups

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BME Offenders & Immigration detainees

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Prison staff

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Local BME Communities

Slide 4 – Improving Reach

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Capacity building

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Constitutions

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Governance

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Aims

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Funding

Minutes by Soraya Ciccarone 15/10/07

PRENO, Unit 2, Victory Business Centre, Somers Road North, Portsmouth PO1 1PJ

Tel:  023 92 877189    Email:  info@preno.org.uk

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