The Community Engagement Team (CET) consists of a number of health and wellbeing services that are working proactively towards facilitating effective and beneficial recovery pathways for individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities with an experience of mental health, supporting them on their journey to health and wellbeing, tackling stigma and discrimination, and reducing the barriers to getting the right help at the right time.  CET works in partnership with a range of local community groups, voluntary and statutory organisations to: 

 Provide culturally sensitive services that are better able to meet the needs of diverse local BAME communities in Rochdale.
 Improve access to services for hard to engage with communities.
 Support and sustain recovery of current and former service users.
 Tackle the stigma and discrimination that is still associated with mental health.

Our work includes

  BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) Community Development: Supporting South Asian, Eastern European, African & Caribbean communities, and refugees & asylum seekers living in the Borough of Rochdale through:
 Information drop-in and outreach sessions in the community.
 Weekly Men and women’s Wellbeing support groups.
 Tackling stigma, building capacity and reducing the barriers that prevent people getting the right help at the right time.

Shifa Dementia Family Link Project: Supporting individuals with memory changes or a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers, to enhance their ability to live well and independently.
Get Set to Go: Improving the lives of people with mental health issues through access to physical activities in their local communities. We work in partnership with local sport providers to deliver a range of physical activities to suit particular interests
The Qur’an & Emotional Health Project: Raising awareness and enabling better engagement with Muslim communities, in order to meet their emotional and mental health needs.
BAME Health and Wellbeing Forum: A multi-agency partnership Forum, including representatives from service users and carers, that meets quarterly and aims to tackle stigma, improve health and mental wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities for BAME communities in the Borough of Rochdale.

Other areas of work include:
• Engage Project: seek to engage with new and emerging communities, challenge the barriers and stigma often associated with poor access and take up of services, and support people with knowledge and understanding of available services and how to access them.
• Bespoke training in equality and diversity.
• MindLinks (Connecting Communities, Health & Wellbeing): A joint partnership with Rochdale Borough Housing (RBH), which aims to connect communities with a range of initiatives and support services to help improve health and wellbeing, and reduce social isolation.

For further information, please contact the Community Engagement Team on:
Telephone: 01706 752339