Phoenix Support – Information and advice for BME Women
‘Our aim must be a society in which those born into families of a particular background are not automatically condemned as second-class citizens. We need to create a fair society in which our origins do not determine our destinies. This is regrettably still a long way from our grasp. If you are Black in England you are more than three times more likely to be a victim of murder and four times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police. Fear of crime is also much higher for many ethnic minorities, as is the likelihood of living in poverty...’
Equality and human Rights Commission
Unfortunately due to societal and individual pressures and choices, many families have broken down and need help, advice and support to rebuild and heal.
What is Phoenix Support
Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Women who experience relationship breakdown, poverty, hardship and single parenthood, have expressed that there is a lack of understanding from conventional agencies when they seek support and advice, due to failure to also take into consideration the negative impact that racism, prejudice and social inequality has on their lives. Phoenix support believes that BME women need specific targeted help, advice and information to help them to overcome various obstacles and struggles in life.
Phoenix supportcan provide information and help for women who are concerned about:
· Loved ones in prison– by exploring the impact on women and families in support groups or through telephone support.
· Youth in gangs– by sharing information on how to keep children safe, why children join gangs, and by signposting parents to possible mentoring organisations for ongoing support.