The Sunflower Collective

We are Sunflower Collective C.I.C, a Black-owned and led community-focused organisation based in Bristol. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse expertise and experience across a wide range of industries, all with a shared passion for supporting and empowering the Black African and Caribbean communities in Bristol.

We are committed to addressing the lack of culturally appropriate and accessible childcare for the Black African and Caribbean communities in Bristol. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to learn, grow and develop in a nurturing and culturally sensitive environment, and that it is our responsibility to create these opportunities. Our team has substantial experience working in childcare, including with children who have special needs, and we are passionate about creating holistically informed strategies to meet the requirements of the young people who attend our setting. We also prioritise the empowerment of the Black African and Caribbean communities in Bristol, and the development of sustainable community-led initiatives that promote self-sufficiency, independence, and long-term resilience. We collaborate closely with other community organisations and networks, accessing training, resources, and mentorship opportunities to support our growth and development.

According to a study conducted by Natural England, only 26% of children from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have access to green spaces compared to 43% of white children. This disparity in access to green spaces has significant implications for the health and well-being of children from BAME communities, who are more likely to experience social and economic deprivation, and face multiple barriers to accessing the natural environment.

Similarly, research by the Arts Council England found that only 11% of children from BAME backgrounds in England participate in the arts, compared to 17% of white children. This lack of access to arts and culture is a significant barrier to the development and well-being of children from BAME communities, who may miss out on the many benefits that come with participation in creative activities.

At Sunflower Collective C.I.C, we believe that every child deserves access to high-quality childcare, green spaces, and the arts, regardless of their background. Our free holiday club sessions are designed to address the barriers faced by Black African and Caribbean families in accessing these opportunities, and to promote the health, well-being, and development of children in our community. We are committed to continuing to build partnerships and collaborations with other organisations in Bristol to address these disparities and promote access and equity for all.

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