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