The British Mountaineering Council is soon to host a symposium encouraging the participation of black and ethnic minorities in climbing and walking activities.
Held at YHA Haworth, near Keighley in West Yorkshire, the weekend-long BMC Equity Symposium 2014: Breaking Down the Barriers event will take place from 28 – 30 March against the backdrop of the West York Moors. The symposium aims to provide ideas, skills and inspiration for black and minority ethnic people who are looking to get more involved with the outdoors, through both indoor and outdoor practical sessions, workshops, discussions and outdoor speakers.
Topics will cover everything from funding and families to spirituality and heritage, with a keynote speech from ex-BMC Vice President Rehan Siddiqui and talks from Jeremy Henzell-Thomas, founder of UK Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR) and volunteer Chamu Kuppuswamy scheduled to take place. Mountain Training qualified instructors will also be on hand to take visitors on practical workshops in the surrounding moors and crags, focusing on navigation, group leading, first aid and rock climbing.
Prices start from £40 for non BMC members including two nights accommodation, all meals and timetabled activities.