Engage Communities is a not for profit organisation registered as a Community Interest Company (registration no. 07382290). We are committed to empowering and developing socially excluded and disadvantaged members of communities. Engage Communities provides a specialist Black, Asian & minority ethnic (BAME) service. We work with marginalised and disadvantaged people in order to address some of the most problematic and stigmatised issues facing policy makers, practitioners and communities themselves.
Engage works in partnership with voluntary and statutory services, signposting clients and providing employment, education and training support. We also deliver outreach, mentoring, sports activities and emotional, practical and social support. A theoretical model of community engagement underpins all our work – the principle that communities are at the centre of design, development and delivery of all our projects and services. Our priorities are to tackle health inequalities, promote safer communities and improve social cohesion in the West Midlands area.
Engage Communities was founded by Yaser Mir in 2010, after communities identified a breakdown in social cohesion and the growing problems of drugs, mental health, gangs and youth violence across the West Midlands area. The founder of the organisation, Yaser Mir’s professional experience of similar work across the country also highlighted the same problems and issues. The solutions identified lay in local communities themselves taking a leading role in addressing these problems with the support of key local partners. Hence the organisation was established based on this evidence base to ensure local seldom heard voices were are at the heart of the decision making, development and delivery of all projects and services. The community engagement model developed by our Patron, Lord Patel and used successfully across England and Wales underpins all our work.