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
‘Serving Needs Through Community
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.
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.
Panjabi Language Broadcasts
CSGB has shared success with other regional
community groups with the inclusion of Panjabi news on the
BBC Radio's Asian Network.
Guidelines for Sikh Children in Birmingham's
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 Millennium Conference
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
and Developing Strategies
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