BVSC wants to support the Birmingham Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector to celebrate and raise awareness of South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) which runs from 18 July to 17 August.

  • The 2024 theme is ‘Free to Be Me’ and we are looking for local VCFSE sector organisations to  tell their stories about their community and share what they are doing to celebrate.

                                    

What is South Asian Heritage Month?

  • South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) takes place 18 July to 17 August each year
  • SAHM seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories and communities
  • It seeks to understand the diverse heritage and cultures that continue to link the UK with South Asia
  • Countries in South Asia are: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Maldives; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka. A map is available here
  • More information is available about SAHM here: https://southasianheritage.org.uk/ 


2024 Theme

  • The 2024 theme is ‘Free to Be Me’
  • This is about celebrating the beauty of simply being yourself. 
  • Themes to explore around this can include: identity, community, gender, faith, family, life choices, positive impacts.


Tell the Story About Your Organisation

  • BVSC want to support the Birmingham Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector to celebrate and raise awareness of South Asian Heritage Month
  • Raising awareness of diverse communities across Birmingham is part of our action plan on VCFSE Race Equality: www.bvsc.org/vcfse-mris 
  • This year we are looking for local Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise sector organisations with connections to South Asia to tell the story about their community, including photos, around aspects of the 2024 theme.
  • Throughout the month we will share these stories through our website, blog and e-bulletin.
  • We will also be promoting SAHM events across Birmingham – so if your organisation is running a SAHM event please let us know!
  • To share your community’s event or story please contact [email protected] 

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