About Us

Respect, Equality, Open and inclusive​

Stevenage World Forum (SWF) for Ethnic Communities was officially constituted at a Public meeting held on 10 October 2000. 

We are based in the Sherma Batson Centre in Bedwell, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  The building was converted from garages into a purpose built centre with a grant from the Active Communities Unit and in partnership with Volunteer Centre Stevenage (VCS).  The Centre is now managed by SWF since April 2006.

Why was the forum established?

  • To give the ethnic communities a voice and act as a representative body in communicating with other organisations and consultative groups (statutory and voluntary) and ensure they are not left out of decision-making processes.
  • To raise issues of concern and develop proposals and practical initiatives to make services more accessible in partnership with statutory and voluntary bodies.
  • To encourage networking, amongst ethnic groups and share and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • To develop projects to meet the needs of ethnic communities and mixed heritage families of Stevenage.
  • To enable people to share knowledge and good practices.
  • To break down barriers caused by ignorance and encourage mutual respect.
  • To work towards establishing a multi-cultural centre for educational purposes, social activities, meetings or worship or fair access to existing community space.

    Our charitable objects are:

  • Exists to address the needs and aspirations of the minority ethnic communities of Stevenage, and surrounding areas and to support these communities to achieve their goals
  • Aims to improve the quality of life, fulfil potential and enhance participation in the education, social, economic and cultural life of the Borough

Endeavours to achieve this by fostering understanding across all communities and by working in partnership with statutory providers and the voluntary sector

SWF shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.

What we do

We support ethnic community groups by building their capacity through provision of resources and assistance within the boundaries of our funding.


We do this by offering the following services:

  • Administrative assistance (including photocopying)
  • Contact/Mailing address (including fax, phone, email, website space)
  • Meeting spaces
  • Internet Access
  • Assist other organisations to make their activities more accessible to members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities
  • Manage accounts for member groups
  • Provide training