Welcome to our Green server

Sunderland Black and Minority Ethnic Network has moved its website hosting, domain and email addresses to a green webserver (in other words an environmentally friendly one). This move is part of our ethical policy which seeks to reduce Sunderland BME Network’s environmental impact. We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures throughout our organisation to find ways in which we can help the planet by reducing our impact on it through pollution, carbon emissions etc. As long as it is practical to do so we will continue to pursue those policies as part of our work to help our communities.

Celebrate World Health Day 2018 with our Healthy Steps Team

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the World Health Organisation yet, despite the selfless work of Health Professionals throughout the UK, BME people of all ages continue to suffer from Health Inequalities.

Our Healthy Steps Team are committed to ensuring that the BME community of Sunderland receive the best health support, advice and guidance possible. We know that the BME people face barriers to accessing Health Care – language, religion, cultural issues – each plays a part. But, in a fast-changing world simply knowing where to go and who to ask for help is often the biggest barrier of all.

On the 7th April 2018 we are holding a Health Awareness Event. The event will be open to both the BME and wider community in the City.

The event will start at 12.30pm on the 7th April 2018 and close at around 3.00pm at Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre, 30 Tatham Street, Sunderland.

There will be Tea, Coffee and snacks available throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you then!

About our Project Healthy Steps

Working in conjunction with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Steps is an 18-month project that will inform, encourage and support the BME Community of East Sunderland through four main outcomes:


o   Increase access to information and services – Understand and correctly access public and statutory resources and facilities.

o   Reduce Health Inequalities – Improve health, personal wellbeing and mental health in BME women in the East Area of Sunderland.

o   Encourage participation in non BME community hubs – Create and deliver opportunities to integrate people in the East Area of Sunderland by signposting BME people into community life.

o   Raise awareness of different cultures –  Support non-ethnic communities and organisations to better understand, the BME East Area Community.


The Healthy Steps Team

Our team of outreach workers are available to deal with any enquiries about health and wellbeing that are particularly important to BME people in the Sunderland area. If you or anyone in your family or your friends, colleagues etc. would like to find out anything in strict confidence then get in touch with us.

About Sunderland BME Network

Sunderland Black and Minority Ethnic Network Limited (SBMEN) was set up in 2005 to provide infrastructure support for Members, Associate Members and the wider community in the Sunderland area. As well as running projects we offer help and information.



Sustainable Sunderlandlotterylogo

Sustainable Sunderland was a four year project led by Sunderland BME Network Limited. The Big Lottery Fund awarded funding  to the Sustainable Sunderland Partnership led by Sunderland BME Network Limited.

The Partnership was made up of organisations who can provide advice and information specifically tailored to people and businesses in the local area.

Sustainable Sunderland has it’s own dedicated website – please click here to visit the Sustainable Sunderland website (opens in a new window).