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The Wellbeing Services supports in improving mental health and emotional wellbeing working proactively to enable appropriate support for individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities who experience mental health, supporting them on their journey to emotional health and wellbeing.

  • Providing culturally sensitive services that are better able to meet the needs of diverse local BAME communities in Rochdale.
  • Improving access to services for marginalised communities.
  • Tackling the stigma, cultural taboos and discrimination that is still associated with mental health.


Our work includes:

  • Wellbeing Support Services
  • Supporting South Asian, Eastern European, African & Caribbean communities, and refugees & asylum seekers living in the Borough of Rochdale through: 
  • Outreach sessions in the community.
  • Weekly Wellbeing support groups.
  • One to one intervention

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Dementia Wellbeing Support Services

Supporting individuals who experience memory changes and/or those living with dementia, their families and carers in improving mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Support on offer is culturally appropriate and where required in the community languages. Intervention is face to face and telephone both one to one and in groups with the aim to empower and enhance the ability to live well.

The staff team currently speak the following languages: Urdu. Punjabi and Swahili.

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New and Emerging Communities

The Wellbeing Co-ordinator for New and Emerging Communities supports a range of different communities and population groups, including:

  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Eastern European Communities
  • African and African & Caribbean Communities

Members of the New and Emerging Communities (specifically; Asylum Seekers and Refugees) are provided with advice and guidance to access a range of legal, housing, health and wellbeing services.

A major focus of this project is to develop robust and sustainable partnerships with local and regional organisations. Individuals are then signposted to partner agencies when needed.


For further information, please contact:

Ruksana Ghoas

Wellbeing co-ordinator
(New and Emerging Communities) 
Telephone: 01706 752339 
Email: [email protected]


BAME Emotional Health and Wellbeing Forum

The BAME Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Forum is a collaborative partnership between statutory, voluntary and community groups/ organisations that meets quarterly aiming to:

  • Improve mental health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for people from (BAMER) communities  by developing and promoting best practice across Rochdale Borough
  • Reduce mental health inequalities for people from (BAMER) communities in the Borough of Rochdale.
  • Ensure mental health & emotional wellbeing policies and service development are informed by the views of local (BAMER) communities.
  • Share good practice / information between organisations


Please contact Qulzam [email protected] for more information and how to join the BAME Emotional Health and Wellbeing Forum


Languages on offer

Our staff speak a variety of community languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Swahili offering first-hand emotional and mental health support.

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