SMEF set up in 2009 to represent the needs and aspirations of a growing ethnic minority population in Surrey and became a charity in 2013.
Our vision is of a unified and diverse community with an active focus on improved wellbeing for all in Surrey.
Our mission is to engage and empower minoritized communities to work together to actively find solutions to the social and economic challenges they face.
We are an umbrella organisation, bringing together over 50 grassroots community groups and voicing the diverse views of black and minority ethnic people in Surrey, to strategic partners such as Surrey County Council, local and district councils, Surrey Police and the NHS.
We work in the community too, running a number of varied projects across the county to tackle social and economic inequality, to reduce isolation and stigma and to improve mental and physical health.
SMEF’s model is of a neutral space – where people of diverse cultures, faiths and ethnicities come together to find solutions to the inequities they face living in Britain today. A space where communities have the confidence to shape their destinies by a shared understanding of their values, rights and responsibilities.
Our ambition is to be the front line advocacy organisation for Black and Minoritised Ethnic communities in Surrey.
Our membership groups are representive of Surrey’s 23.4% ethnic minority population. Togther we can reach over 112,000 households and 280,000 individuals across Surrey.
young people empowered to take action against hate crime
people attended awareness raising and training sessions
member groups supported
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