BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC (BME) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICE IN MENTAL HEALTH (HALTON, KNOWSLEY AND ST HELENS)

The service was awarded the Surya Shaffi  Award for Health at this year’s  Annual Black Achievers Awards Ceremony organised by  Merseyside Black History Month Group at the St George’s Hall, Liverpool on Saturday 29th October 2011

The award evening is a prestigious black tie event held in Liverpool each October which celebrates the achievements of members of the black community and also recognises contributions made by individuals or groups to black communities. The awards presented are sponsored by key public and private sectors partners.

Merseyside’s Black History Month celebrations are amongst the largest in the country and attract visitors from all over the UK and Europe, receiving local and national coverage.

The award was received for the continued work of the service to improve access to mainstream mental health and wellbeing services for the Black and Ethnic Minority Communities in Halton, Knowsley and St Helens areas.

With joint funding by the PCT and three Local Authorities, the key focus and priorities of the service are:

  • Tackle discrimination and inequalities in the  way mental health and wellbeing services are delivered to the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities
  • Ensure that  services delivered by the mental health and wellbeing service providers  are appropriate and responsive
  • Facilitate effective communication, engagement and understanding between the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and service providers so that services can be improved.

We are constantly working in partnership with organisations in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector, local agencies and the community to share good practice and learning and  develop better ways of working and delivering services.

For further information about the service please see the Community Development page on the website

Theatre for Democracy

An innovative project with ‘Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ students.

A group of Community Drama students from LIPA are working on a course module called ‘Theatre for Democracy.

This is an opportunity for various communities in Knowsley to engage in a creative project to explore issues that affect them, with the emphasis on issues relating to Knowsley Local Council. Such as…

> Have you got an opinion that needs to be heard?
> Do you think something should change in your local area?
> Or maybe you just have a great idea about how to improve council services?

Shap’s Community Development Worker Joe Farrag, has encouraged a small group of young people to take part in this project. They are based at Shap’s Kingsnorth Office, and meet between 6-8pm on a Wednesday evening. The group who are all from the Lickers Lane Estate feel this is an ideal opportunity for them to have their voices heard by people who can implement change.

Mark and Yussuf the 2 Community Drama students, from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts have researched and are creating a performance/presentation with the young people that will be seen and discussed with a group of key decision makers from Knowsley Borough Council. This will take place the week commencing Monday 5th December. No prior experience was required and not everybody will have to perform