Welcome to our GREEN server

Sunderland BME Network has moved its website hosting, domain and email addresses to a green webserver. This move is part of an ethical policy which seeks to reduce our environmental impact. We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures throughout our organisation to find ways in which we can help the planet. 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.

Sunderland BME Network One Voice Awards 2017

The Sunderland BME Network One Voice Awards are now into their third year. If you would like to find out more all the details of past years are available via the menu above.

Our section for the 2017 awards has now been updated to list many of the recipients, including lots of pictures of the winners and the event. To go straight to the One Voice Awards 2017 please click on this link.



Announcing our Brand New Project – Healthy Steps!

Health 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.


Celebrate! Your Local Community Event 27-06-17

We held a community event at Bede Tower, Sunderland on the 27th June 2017. Funded by The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate! fund and supported by a number of organisations in our area this hugely popular and well attended event brought together many members of the community to share their cultures, beliefs and ideas under one roof to get to know each other.

You can read about this fantastic event and see pictures of the venue and the people who attended by clicking on this link to visit its own section on our website.

Mini Mela in Support of Sunderland 2021 Bid

Sunderland BME Network held a Mini Mela in conjunction with the Sunderland City of Culture 2021 Bid team on Friday 17th March 2021. This free event between 6 & 9 p.m. in Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre showed our support as a community for this fantastic initiative to bring a wealth of cultural influences into Sunderland in 2021.

21 performers took to the stage on the night displaying the tremendous breadth of talent that remains untapped in our communities. Prior to the Mini Mela 21 tweets were sent out announcing the run-up and 21 tweets were sent out live on the night celebrating the performers.

We have created a special section celebrating this event, including videos from our YouTube channel, which you can see by following this link.

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.

New Members and Associate Members are always very welcome – you can find out about our existing Members by clicking here, there are also documents which you can download and complete straight away if you would like to join us. Membership is free.


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).