The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Community Development Work (CDW) Project sits within the Equalities Team of Sefton CVS. The project works in partnership with others to tackle discrimination and inequalities in the way health and social care services are delivered.
The main aim of the project, therefore, is to improve access to mainstream health and wellbeing services for Black and Minority Ethnic communities and other under-represented groups within the borough of Sefton and; to tackle stigma associated with mental health by raising mental health literacy among employees and residents. To this end we facilitate, undertake and deliver a number of activities and initiatives in partnership within the local community. These include:
The delivery of training/workshops:
– Mental Health and Debt
– Equality and Diversity
– Disability Awareness
– Hate Crime Training
– Cultural Competency Awareness
– Mental Health First Aid – this is a two day course accredited by Royal Society of Public Health and supported by the Department of Health. This course is suitable for both staff and service users. It improves the mental health literacy of attendees and equips them with the skills to offer first aid support to someone in need of it.
- Engagement and consultation with the BME community via the facilitation of a BME Lead network (Equal Voice) which feeds issues and concerns arising from the BME community into the borough wide strategic decision making partnership groups.
- Engagement and consultation with mental health service user groups/forums.
- The management of a Community Volunteer Bi-lingual Project, which recruits and trains bi-lingual volunteers to provide community translation services to organizations and community groups within Sefton. As well as receiving accredited interpreter training, our volunteers are CRB checked and receive child and vulnerable adult training and offered ongoing support. We currently employ 12 volunteers.
- Representation on Strategic groups and forums with specific focus on addressing issues relating to the BME/Migrant community.