Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation




Membership Structure

PRENO is a two tier organisation with a general membership and an elected Committee.

There are three categories of general membership as follows:-

Category 1)

Black and Minority Ethnic Organisations (whose main objectives are to represent and organise mutual support for people who are members of a particular minority ethnic group or groups). This category includes organisations which could claim to be both BME and service provider organisations.

Category 2)

Service Provider Organisations (whose main purpose is to provide services to the local community or to particular groups of people in need in the local community).  Member organisations who are large statutory agencies such as local authorities may choose if they wish to have separate departments within that authority as member organisations in their own right.

Category 3)

Individual associate members. Any person living or working in PRENO's area of benefit may be an individual member of PRENO provided that she/he makes a commitment to PRENO's objects.

Current Membership

Following the initial launch, PRENO has been steadily canvassing formal membership. There are currently  (September 2006) the following members of PRENO: -

1)   Black and Minority Ethnic – 34 groups

2)   BME Individuals - 27

3)   Service Provider/Statutory Agencies - 25 (In addition, Portsmouth City Council 17 departments as sub-members, other service providers overall 20 departments as sub-members)

4)    Interested Parties - 70 (Non - members)



1)      The Hampshire African Association (HAFRIA)

2)       Iraqi Welfare Association

3)       Chinese Women and Youth Society

4)       ‘Colours’

5)       African Women's Forum

6)       Zanzibar Organisation

7)       Portsmouth Filipino Association

8)       Southern African Union Organisation

9)       Ma Afrique Unity

10)     Bangladeshi Welfare Association Portsmouth

11)     Baha’l Faith Group

12)     Portsmouth Vietnamese Association

13)     Kurdish Community Association in Portsmouth

14)     Portsmouth Chinese Association

15)     Portsmouth Bangladeshi Cultural Association

16)     Race for Justice

17)     Sylhet District Association

18)     Portsmouth Francophone Space

19)     Anglo Arab Society

20)     Anglo-Hellenic Society

21)     PASCO (Portsmouth Asian Social & Cultural Organisation)

22)     South Hants Jewish Reform Community

23)     Portsmouth Chinese Christian Church

24)     Caribbean Islands Association

25)     Portsmouth Sikh Community

26)     Moulvi Bazaar Association

27)     Rock of Ages Interdenominational Ministries

28)     Latin American Cultural Association

29)     Portsmouth Sikh Community

30)     Wessex Jamaat

31)     OGROSHOR (Moving Forward) Bengali Womens' Group

32)     Thai Solent Society

33)     African Cultural Organisation for Integration

34)     The GRACE Association 


Please email PRENO for information about our members, black, minority ethnic groups & service providers.


To obtain a membership form please contact the PRENO Office (Tel: 023 92 877189 or email: info@preno.org.uk )


The Committee is elected each year by PRENO members at the Annual General Meeting. The Articles of Association provide that upto 12 of the 16 Committee members will be from BME organisations and the remaining 4 places are for representatives of service provider organisations.  There are also 3 seats available for co-opted members.

Committee Operation

The Committee has met at least bi-monthly since July 2002.

Committee Skills and Experience

Committee members have a wide range of experience as follows:-

• Private sector business (i.e. Nursing home management, retail, tourism, training, accountancy & legal)

• Public sector (Local Government, Education and the Police)

• Voluntary sector (Housing)

Within their respective organisations, a number of Committee members have responsibilities for financial management; recruiting and managing staff, project planning and fundraising.


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