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Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham

About the CSGB
The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham, an umbrella organization of all the Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham, established now for the last 14 years. Since its inception in 1989 The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras has been successful in developing a collective voice, and in establishing the need for the community to be an integral part of the system to ensure equitable service delivery.

To meet this objective The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras provides a channel for two way communication, communication which is increasingly becoming sophisticated as understanding of needs and empowerment of the community increases. The Council has always looked at the city's Gurdwaras for inspiration, ideas and agenda in its day to day work, and appreciates the support it receives from Birmingham City Council to keep the process moving.

A Role for Gurdwaras
Gurdwaras are the main centres for social and cultural activity as well as religious services within the Sikh community. Most Gurdwaras administer the following services: Supplementary schools Basic skills training Arts provision Welfare services: advice and support Day centres Community kitchens Libraries CSGB sees the inclusion of Gurdwaras in service led partnerships as an integral aspect of equitable service, complementary to the mainstream sector. Speedy developments are taking place in day care, access to training and employment, childcare provision and health promotion within Gurdwaras through the development of linkage with the health authority, Colleges, private business, advice and welfare agencies and city departments.

Community Consultation
The Council consults with the local mainstream statutory and voluntary agencies on policy and strategies which affect the local Sikh community, ranging from economic influences to socio-cultural perspectives. It would be impossible to discuss the extent of consultation which the CSGB has given in its short history, however, some examples largely from the past year are given below and serve as an illustration of consultation work carried out. Consultation has been far reaching and has included strategic and corporate strategies for city-wide plans, as well as community specific issue based needs.

Punjabi Language Broadcasts
The CSGB has run a Radio Station Annually. CSGB has shared success with other regional community groups with the inclusion of Panjabi news on the BBC Radio's Asian Network.

Guidelines for Schools
Guidelines for Sikh Children in Birmingham's Schools
The completion of Guidelines for Sikh Children, another first for the Sikh community. Copies of the guidelines are available from the office.

Sikhs into the Millenium
The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham (CSGB) was successful in organising a Sikh needs analysis conferences in 2000, from which emerged a report that is available from our office.

Sikhs in to the Millennium conference drawn up action plans for the Sikh Community for the coming 5-10 years. Several issues, which emerged, have successfully been included in policy reviews and planning criterion. If you would like a copy of this report, please contact us.

Identifying Community Needs
The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras (CSG) was successful in organising one of the first community Sikh needs conferences in 1993, from which emerged the report 'Identifying Community Needs and Developing Strategies'.

Community strategies were drawn from the report and have been sent to city departments for discussion. Some of these strategies have further been presented to city departments as opportunities for partnership. Several issues, which emerged, have successfully been included in policy reviews and planning criterion. If you would like a copy of this report, please contact us.

One of the fundamental priorities, which resulted from community consultation, was the need to monitor the Sikh ethnicity category and use of community infrastructure. A review of the city's categories for ethnicity monitoring purposes has led to the inclusion of the Sikh category as an optional category. It is hoped that this will discontinue the perception of the Sikh community as an otherwise invisible community in relation to policy.

Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham
3 Grove Lane
B21 3ES

Tel: 0121 523 4144
Fax: 0121 554 6781



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