About Us.

Working with Ethnic Minority Communities in Canterbury and surrounding areas.

Vision

Our vision is to make Canterbury and district a place where BAME communities can live healthily, be actively engaged and have equal opportunities.

Mission

Support and enable minority ethnic groups in Canterbury .

Equality & diversity

We value our diverse community and individual differences and create a supportive environment which everyone’s contributions are fully recognized.

Who We Are

• The Ethnic Minority Independent Council (EMIC) was set up in 1998 to address issues affecting people from minority ethnic backgrounds in Canterbury and District.
• It is an umbrella organisation that works as a conduit for the different ethnic and minority groups to give them a collective voice.
• EMIC is led by a committee of individuals from representative communities in Canterbury and has become an established organisation.
• It works to build strong networks of partners across both statutory and non-statutory sectors.
• EMIC is the only organisation in Canterbury and district which aims to represent all ethnic minority communities.

What we Do

• We build community cohesion and celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity.
• We help people from minority ethnic backgrounds to understand the host community and develop skills to flourish in society.
• We promote health and wellbeing through raising awareness and prevention programmes.
• We support people who experience racial disadvantage or discrimination and/or find it difficult to access mainstream services.

Our Partners

Citizen’s Advice, EKCHFT and KMPT, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service

Our mission

• To empower BAME communities in Canterbury and district.
• To enhance wellbeing and challenge inequalities.
• To be a voice for BAME communities and break down social & cultural barriers.
• To facilitate a better understanding of BAME cultures and promote community cohesion.
• To enable BAME to actively participate in civil society and decision making processes

Our Aims

To give a voice to minority ethnic communities
To promote health and wellbeing
To promote community cohesion
To preserve culture and heritage of our members

Our Values

What we stand for as EMIC

Service User Focused

We place our service users at the centre of what we do and strive to make a real difference to our communities.

Collaboration

Main collaborations include Citizen’s Advice, Canterbury City Council, Kent Police and East Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

Respect

We listen, value and respect the views of others.

Equity & Diversity

We value our diverse community & strive to create a environment in which everyone’s contributions and talents are fully recognized

Accountability

We take responsibility for our performance and demand the highest standards of ourselves to meet our commitments to our communities and stakeholders.

EMIC Family

To date EMIC has members from the following communities: Polish, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Chinese, South African, Syrian, Iraqi, Zimbabwean, Ghanaian, Ugandan, Turkish, Sudanese, Vietnamese, Romanian, Nigerian, Latvian and Ukrainian and from all Faiths.

Romanian

Nepalese

Polish

Indian

Africans

Faith Communities

Chinese

Other Communities

EMIC Trustees

EMIC is run by a committed team of Trustees who come from a wide variety of ethnic groups. The members of the management committee and volunteers have varied skills, experience and passion to promote the aims and objectives of the organisation.

• Rev. Mike Walling – Chair
• Radu Stancu – Vice Chair
• Marta Gocek – Treasurer
• Bakul Chandola – Secretary
• Aga Gordon – Member
• Dorothy Namata - Member
• Kala Gurung – Member
• Merih Roberts – Member
• Paul Babra – Member
• Vashu Pamnani – Member
• Lillian Ndawula – Development worker (Volunteer)

Our Patron

Rose was born and raised in Jamaica. She was educated at Montego Bay High School for Girls and later at Birmingham University. She trained with the Church Army and was commissioned in 1982 as an Evangelist; she later trained for ordination at Queens Theological College on their part-time course, ordained deacon in 1991, priested in 1994 and served her title at St Matthewʼs Church, Willenhall Road in the Diocese of Lichfield.For sixteen and a half years she served as a priest in Hackney (Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston and All Saints, Haggerston). In 2007 she was appointed as a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and in 2010, she became the first female appointed to the position of the 79th Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. In November 2014, she took on the additional responsibility as Priest in Charge of city Church, St Mary-at-Hill near Monument.
She was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission and has wide experience of media engagement including some religious broadcasting.

The Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, MBE