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 (BAME) 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, cultural taboos 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 Active 4 Life Project
The Project supports people aged 16+ with an inactive lifestyle and who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and face more extreme disadvantage. The aim is to improve the lives of people (in particular their mental health and wellbeing) by encourage their active participation in a range of sport and physical activities, so that each person can build a programme of regular activity into their lives, with at least 60 minutes to 2 hours per week.
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.
Working with refugees and asylum seekers communities in identifying the barriers to accessing healthcare services. It aims to (1) Engage listening to, and enabling refugees and asylum seekers, (2) Challenge the barriers and stigma often associated with poor access and take up of healthcare services, (3) Support people with knowledge and understanding of available services and how to access them, (4) Empowering enabling people to actively participate in decision-making process regarding their health and wellbeing.
Other areas of work include:
- Rochdale Refugee and Asylum Seekers Multi-Agency Forum
- 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, tackle loneliness and social isolation.
For further information, please contact the Community Engagement Team: 01706 752339
Email: [email protected]