PDREC staff provide a safe and respectful environment for BME clients to enable them to feel that they are listened to and believed, so that they can have a voice and to say what they want about their experiences.
PDREC provides advocacy, advice, information and support services for BME people and others who have been victims/witnesses of racial/religious hate crime incidents, abuse, discrimination or prejudice.
PDREC also deals with a huge variety of issues that affect the lives of BME people in our locality. Issues that we address include domestic violence, safeguarding, housing, health, isolation, unemployment, poverty and destitution, identity and education.
We represent BME clients, and support them, in order that they can communicate their wishes, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need.
PDREC currently sit on the Devon Advocacy Consortium and receives funding for provision of advocacy services to BME individuals in Devon.
BME clients presenting initially with issues of racism and discrimination often have suffered with problems of low self-esteem, low confidence, isolation and/or poor mental health. As well as our advocacy services and one-to-one support, we aim to provide a range of groups and activities that will alleviate some of these issues, presenting opportunities to participate in activities which will increase support networks and improve skills and confidence.
We also aim to empower and enable individual families and communities affected by racism and discrimination to influence and shape local policy, practice and service delivery improvements within the wider public sector.