North Devon Sunrise is a community support organisation, primarily focusing on the needs of people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and diverse communities. The organisation supports some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Northern Devon (and surrounding areas) including: victims of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as elderly BME communities and LGBT communities. North Devon Sunrise also helps as a research centre for front-line service providers.
BME and diverse communities often suffer from disadvantages due to social, cultural, religious and social barriers. This is why we strive to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around and help tackle common issues such as social isolation, domestic violence, welfare issues, health and mental health.
North Devon Sunrise was first established in October 2009 as a social group for refugees, migrant workers and asylum seekers; however it soon became apparent that users were facing a range of issues and difficulties which were not being addressed by local service providers. In response, North Devon Sunrise started supporting users and runs a range of services and activities to cater for the needs of BME and diverse people. We developed our services from community needs.
Sunrise Community Centre is part of the Castle Centre complex in Barnstaple.