We help community groups to work more effectively and build capacity by providing advice, information and facilities. We offer Full Membership with exclusive benefits for BAME community groups and Associate Membership for organisations such as charities and public sector bodies who want to support BAME groups and individuals.
Providing a Voice
Joining SMEF as a Member enables us to better represent the diverse views of ethnic minority communities and organisations to agencies such as Surrey County Council, district and borough councils, Surrey Police and other public bodies. With over 50 members, we can support and promote the needs of ethnic minority communities and protect their interests, pressing for changes through negotiation and publicity on behalf of BAME individuals in Surrey.
Together we can help to identify gaps in services for ethnic minority communities, aiding the development of new services to address unmet needs and supporting existing groups to tailor their services to the changing needs of the community.
New Community Hub
Surrey Minority Action now has a new community hub to share with its members.
Located in Export House, Woking in Victoria Place, the Hub has easy access to Woking train station and town centre car parks.
The Hub is a large open plan space complete with kitchen facilities, laptops and wifi. It is suitable for hot desking, meetings and training sessions.
The SMEF Community Hub is available for use by our member groups. To enquire about making a booking, email email@example.com.
We offer Full Membership to community groups and collectives of Black and Minoritised Ethnic residents of Surrey. Membership is free.
We offer training, information and advice to help you to:
- Set up and run a voluntary organisation
- Produce promotional material
- Set up monitoring and evaluation systems
- Develop new projects
- Set up partnership projects
- Take a strategic overview of your service
- Influence change by contributing to discussions and decision making at a local level
- Keep up to date on the policies that affect you and your work
- Access resources for your community or voluntary group
We can also make referrals to other agencies and provide references as well as provide opportunities to interact with other members to help develop good practice, information sharing and partnership working.
Associate Membership is available to charities, businesses, statutory or government bodies who deliver services to minority ethnic communities or are committed to enhancing equality and diversity in Surrey.
Membership is free and enables you to:
- Participate in SMEF’s activities and events
- Increase your public profile through our newsletter and social media
- Participate in new initiatives and projects that SMEF is developing
- Celebrate cultural diversity
- Promote your services to BAME communities
- Receive our monthly newsletter
Is there a cost to joining SMEF as a member?
Joining as a member or associate member is free.
What are the benefits of joining SMEF as a member?
We offer support and advice to help your organisation thrive and grow. We can provide help with funding and help to promote the work of your group. We represent the collective voices of our membership and work with statutory partners to help make Surrey a fairer, more equal place to live and work.
Are there opportunities to meet other members?
We run training sessions for our members and also invite our membership body to our AGM.
Can I share news and events about our work?
Yes. Upload your news or events in our Memberhip Area
How do I access the Membership Area?
When you join us a member, you’ll be provided with login information.
Member of the Month
Meet our Member of the Month: The Chinese Association of Woking
The Chinese Association of Woking (CAW) was formed in 1987 as a non-profit-making voluntary organisation. It is the cultural, educational and social heart of the Chinese communities in Woking, Guildford and the surrounding areas in Surrey. Members and their families are based in and around the Woking area. Most come from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia; others from Britain and other nations.
The CAW’s objectives are: To advance the education of the public in all aspects of Chinese culture, arts, tradition, history and language and in particular but not exclusively to persons of Chinese origin or descent, without distinction of sex, political or other opinions, resident or working within (but not limited to ) the borough of Woking and the surrounding area, the promotion of racial harmony within the area and to provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of education, health, social welfare and rebeation and other leisure time occupation to improve the social, educational, cultural and physical development of the inhabitants of the community.