The guide is based on ten case studies across South Wales by the Black Ethnic Support Team (BEST), including a Bangladeshi Women's Group in Newport, a Somali Youth Centre in Cardiff, and a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Youth Group in Swansea. The BEST Good Practice Guide also includes advice on effective work with BME community groups and race equality consultation.
'It is important for all citizens and communities to feel valued. The integration of minority ethnic communities into mainstream society is an essential task in creating a vibrant, strong cosmopolitan Wales which is why the Assembly Government has done so much to promote race equality.
Mrs Hart added: 'BEST helped bring about this integration and opportunities for all through a variety of projects. This work develops confidence and gives our BME communities a voice, enabling everyone to have a say in local issues.'
BEST, the organiser of today's conference, provides and delivers services to BME in Communities First areas - Wales' most disadvantaged communities.