Khudeja Amer-Sharif, Shama Women’s Centre, to give a presentation on the delivery of mental health Support Services for bereaved Black Minority Ethnic Women and their families in Leicester through the pioneering ‘Bereavement to Achievement programme that overcomes cultural, social and economic barriersthrough early interventions, which has been delivered by Shama Women’s Centre since 2014.
KhudejaAmer-Sharif, Shama Women’s Centre, gave a presentation on the delivery of mental health Support Services for bereaved Black Minority Ethnic Women and their families in Leicester through the pioneering ‘Bereavement to Achievement programme. This programme overcomes cultural, social and economic barriers through early interventions and had been delivered by the Shama Women’s Centre since 2014.
During the presentation the following comments were noted:-
Ø Overcoming barriers
Ø English as a second language
Ø Providing the only textile training for women in Leicester
Ø Providing creative/Social functions
Ø Help to Find Work
Ø Domestic Abuse
Ø Holistic Therapies
Ø Health Awareness
Ø Gym/Sauna and Nursery facilities
Following the presentation, the Board were shown a short video of service users experiences of using the Bereavement to Achievement programme.
Members of the Board commented on their support for the Centre and the services it provided based upon previous personal visits and experiences, especially their aim to eliminate social isolation and build users’ confidence.
Sue Locke indicated she would be interested to receive the absolute numbers in relation to the uplifts in wellbeing etc in preference to the percentages quoted; with a view to see whether the service could be adapted to fit the IAPT model, which CCGs were encouraged to use.
In response, Khudeja Amer- Sharif commented that one of the Centre’s 3 counsellors had gone to IAPT but as the centre used holistic approaches, including physical contact such as hand holding to great success, this did not meet the formal counselling model for IAPT.
The Chair thanked Khudeja Amer- Sharif for her informative presentation and responses to Members questions and echoed other Members comments on the value of the services offered by the centre.