Reaching out in Bedford

Date: 22 August 2016

Time: 10:00

On Tuesday (16th August) the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) supported an Equality Challenge event at Queens Park Community Centre, Bedford as part of its drive to reach out further into local communities. The event was organised by the Equality Challenge Unit, supported by the MK Equality Council and sponsored by Health Education England.

The Equality Challenge Unit is conducting research in Bedford to understand the reasons why Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are not signing up to courses in paramedic science and the under representation of these communities in the paramedic workforce.  The research will explore entry routes into paramedic science, potential barriers to participation for BAME students as well as ways of improving participation.

One of the aims is to reach out to the diverse communities of Bedfordshire and appoint local Ambassadors from these communities who can champion the career opportunities of working for the ambulance service and in the paramedic profession.

Cllr Charan Sekhon and Cllr Mohammed said “This is a great opportunity for local people to make a difference around how services are delivered to the diverse wards within the Borough.   I commend the work done by the MK Equality Council and the Equality Challenge Unit and would encourage all communities to get involved and find out about the different paramedic and non-clinical roles and careers within the ambulance service.”

Navrita Atwal, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager for EEAST, said, “We are currently recruiting for ambulance staff and have a whole range of career opportunities for people.   Working for the ambulance service is a tremendously worthwhile career and we want to encourage people from all our communities to join.  This work with the equality challenge unit will help us break down barriers to communities we have not been able to engage with successfully before.”

A further event is planned for ambassadors on the Thursday the 1st September at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Queens Park Bedford. Anyone interested in becoming an ambassador should contact: Navrita Atwal on or Bulraj on or call on 07711 205 835. 


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  • Summary:

    The region's ambulance service took part in an event to reach out to black and minority ethnic communities in Bedfordshire