In Birmingham the Community Development Worker Service is supporting communities to build their resilience towards mental health and wellbeing. The Community Development Workers work with existing assets, using the strengths and abilities within local communities to help them to manage and address mental distress and deal with social and cultural stresses contributing to mental illness.
Originally, Community Development Workers were commissioned to work along the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care guidelines, working specifically with Black and Minority Communities.
However, since October 2011, the remit has been extended to include other vulnerable communities, and the service now operates a more comprehensive programme, empowering BME and vulnerable communities to engage with a wide range of evidenced-based health and wellbeing activities that are known to support, or have the potential to support, improved mental health.
The Community Development Worker Service is hosted by Birmingham Mind, and managed by Common-Unity.
The Community Cohesion Programme has multiple access points, promoting a range of engagement opportunities and taking a holistic approach to engagement.
“The aim is to make it easier for people to access a range of services that will promote mental wellbeing. Individuals can access the Community Cohesion Programme through any of the strands.
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