Sign up for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) focus groups in November

(Last Updated On: November 17, 2020)

Have your say in the “How do we make BAME lives matter” review and a review into experiences of BAME communities in health and social care.

We are looking for individuals for BAME communities to take part in a 90 minute virtual focus group in November, to talk about their experiences to inform the “How do we make BAME lives matter review” run by Torbay Council and to inform a review into BAME experiences of health and care in Devon. To get sign up, please email Amatey Doku ( by Sunday 22nd November.

What is it for?

Torbay Council has launched a review “How do we make BAME lives matter” to understand better the experiences of BAME communities in Torbay. Separately, the Chair of Devon’s Integrated Care system, has asked an external organisation (Nous) to carry out a short project, exploring the experiences of BAME communities when accessing health and care in Devon. This session will combine the two projects to ensure that BAME communities have an opportunity to contribute to both reviews in one session. Torbay Council’s review will form part of a wider series of engagements over coming months, and the health and social care project will inform improvements in health and social care across the whole of Devon.

When are the sessions?

We will be running three sessions which will run for roughly 90 minutes on:

• Tuesday 24th Nov at 16:30
• Wednesday 25th Nov at 12:30
• Saturday 28th Nov at 11:00

Please email to sign up for a focus group, indicating which dates from the above you are available for.

Who can get involved?

Anyone over the age of 18 in welcome to take part. You have to be from a Black Asian and Minority ethnic community. The focus group will be virtual so you will need access to a computer. If you have any challenges taking part, please get in touch with Amatey (email above)

Why should I get involved?

This is a very important piece of work which could lead to changes to experience of BAME communities in Torbay and BAME communities accessing health and care across Devon.. It’s very important that we get to speak to a wide range of people from BAME communities

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email Amatey (

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Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.