Ethnic minority communities

The information below will help you find out more about Basingstoke and Deane and where you can get help and advice in the borough.

Diversity and inclusion - Islam Jalaita

Islam’s role involves making contact with individuals, groups, and organisations from
diverse communities in the borough, providing support and understanding in relation
to the challenges different communities face. He also support Basingstoke Multiagency Diversity Forum and support a range of community groups and representatives forums such as Basingstoke Black and Minority Ethnic, Disability, Over 55s, Interfaith, LGBT Forums and Basingstoke Access 4 All Working Group to respond to accessible requirements and the needs of diverse communities.

For more information please contact:
Islam Jalaita, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 7AH
Telephone: 01256 845325

Living and working in Basingstoke and Deane

Together with organisations which provide local services, the council has produced a Guide to Living and Working in the borough. The guide includes information on:

  • Entering, staying and working in the UK
  • Important paperwork
  • Money and banking
  • Setting up home
  • Driving
  • Schools and learning
  • Travelling in Basingstoke
  • Health services
  • Staying safe and Emergencies
  • Business development and enterprise agencies
  • Getting involved
  • Ethnic minority community groups
  • Faith groups
  • Ethnic food stores
  • Useful numbers in Basingstoke and Deane

A printed copy of the guide is available on request by emailing or phoning 01256 844844.

Equality Advisor and Support Service

The Equality Advisory and Support Service is a free helpline able to advise individuals who may have faced an incident of discrimination. Advisors and support people to find an informal resolution to their complaint of discrimination. The helpline also provides general advice and guidance on human rights issues. The service can be contacted free on 0808 800 0082 or textphone 0808 800 0084. Visit the Equality Advisory and Support Service website for further information on the service.

Training and development opportunities

If you would like to update your existing skills, there is a course to suit you. For more information on training for community groups please visit our Learning Opportunities page.

Interpretation services

Lingland has interpreters and translators with a range of languages most commonly spoken by the ethnic minorities. Lingland can be contacted by phoning 01489 576657 or by fax 01489 584571.

Funding opportunities

Visit our community grants page to view the grants offered by the council.

Other External Funding Sources

Complaint procedure for racial attack or harassment

Racist crime/harassment is any incident where the victim or any other person believes that the perpetrator had a racial motive. It can take many forms:

  • Racist Abuse (threat or insults), which can be verbal or written.
  • Racially abusive behaviour.
  • Causing damage to property.
  • Circulating or displaying racist material.
  • Offensive graffiti.
  • Any physical violence.

If any of the above is in progress, please dial 999. Otherwise, contact:

  • Basingstoke Police - 101
  • Safer North Hampshire
  • Basingstoke Citizens Advice - 08082 787829 (Advice line only)
  • Tadley Citizens Advice - 08082 787987 (Advice line only)
  • Victim Support - 0808 178 1641
  • Crime Stoppers - 0800 555111

Ethnic minority groups in Basingstoke and Deane

Many of these groups provide activities and services culturally specific to the community they represent.

Basingstoke Multicultural Forum

Chute House Church Street, Basingstoke RG21 7QT
01256 322751

Basingstoke Inter Faith

Cultural Diversity Consortium

Basingstoke Unites Against Racism

Basingstoke Tamil Community

Basingstoke Caribbean Society

Basingstoke Malayalee Cultural Association


Basingstoke Hindu Society

Carnival Hall, Council Road,
Basingstoke, RG21 3DH
Tel: 01256464031

Visit Basingstoke Hindu Society on Facebook

Basingstoke Nepalese Community

The Gurkha Grocery, 9 Winton Square,
Basingstoke RG212 8EW

Web: Basingstoke Nepalese Community website

Basingstoke Sikh Gurdwara

207 Lower Brook Street
RG21 7RR

Basingstoke Filipino Community


Basingstoke Sikh Society

Web: Basingstoke Sikh Society website

Basingstoke Albirr Mosque (Muslim Community)

35-37 Sarum Hill, Basingstoke, RG21 8SS

Web: Basingstoke Albirr Mosque website

Basingstoke Ladies Hamara Club

Carnival Hall, Council Road,
Basingstoke, RG21 3DH

Tel: 01256 464031

Fellowship Dialogue Society (Turkish Community)

Web: Fellowship Dialogue Society website

New Testament Church of God

(A local church attended by a mix of people including a number from Africa, the Caribbean, India, Europe and Britain)

Popley Fields Community Centre,
Carpenters Down, Basingstoke
RG24 9AE

Web: New Testament Church of God website

Bambui UK Development Association (BUKDA)

Web: Bambui UK Development Association website

Hungarian Community Association Basingstoke & Surrounding areas


Telugu Association of Basingstoke

Web: Telugu Association of Basingstoke website

Lighthouse Chapel International

Charismatic/Pentecostal Church that believes in living by the word of God/Gospel of Jesus Christ our lord - attended by a mix of people of all backgrounds.

Web: Lighthouse Chapel International website

Roman Catholic

A number of Polish, African, Caribbean, Asian and European residents attend this church.

St Bedes and Holy Ghost Churches


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