BAME SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES PROJECT
KCBNA Supporting BAME Communities Project works with the Bangladeshi, Somali and Chinese community living in Camden and Kings Cross area. The project aims to work with children, adults, families and older people, with disability or with carer needs, in supporting and assisting the community to a wide range of services and activities. The project is based at Chadswell Healthy Living Centre.
Kings Cross area has a history related to poverty, poor health, high crime rates and deprivation. Many researchers have identified that the most deprived community are the Black, Asian and Minority communities facing difficulties with everyday life.
The Bangladeshi community face social barriers, low income, language barrier, social exclusion, poor health, mental health issues and inadequate housing.
Supporting BAME Communities Project is funded by Big Lottery and the following outcomes to achieve, which will improve the lives of the community. Better wellbeing and lifestyle.
- Improved access to information and services that will be leading to healthier lifestyles
- Improved understanding of health issues, participating in physical activities and health promotion activities.
- Improved mental health/physical health through accessing and participating additional community activities and services.
- Successful completion of training courses, educational courses and training and employment
- Gained part-time or full time employment
To achieve all positive outcomes the project provides a wide range of activities such as, General advice and welfare rights advice, ESOL classes, Computer classes, Adult Numeracy Class, Esol and Sewing Class, Exercise class, Gym facility, BAME Lunch Club, Employability, Health Sessions, and Hair & Beauty Course.
A variety of health promotional workshops, sessions and short courses are arranged to raise community awareness and improve healthy lifestyle. The sessions are delivered by professional organisations and qualified staff. The following sessions and workshops have taken place with community groups.
- Expert Patient Program
- Ageing Artfully yoga and dance
- Healthy cooking
- Gardening project
- Health walks at Regents Park
- Food hygiene course
- NHS health check
- Stop smoking clinic
- Healthy juice making
- Pilates exercise class
- Bengali speaking health advisor
- Blood pressure
- Weight problem/ obesity
- Mental health
- Healthy eating during Ramadan
- Healthy Cooking
- Understanding Dementia
- Dementia Tea house
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health with Margaret Pyke Centre
- Cancer Awareness with Health Ambassadors
- Diabetes UK
- Camden Bangladesh Mela
- Camden Recycling workshop
Additional projects and workshops have been delivered in partnership with local organisations, educational institutes, statutory and voluntary sector organisations. Between 2013 – 2014 in partnership with Mary ward centre Art and Craft workshops were arranged for the community to learn new skills and improve their mental health wellbeing. Projects such as The Colombian Gold, Vikings Project were later exhibited at British Museum, an exhibition where thousands of visitors got to view the creative work of the community. We also introduced Basic Knitting workshop which was very popular and lead to a much longer workshop for three months in 2013. This gave the user members plenty of time to be creative and learn knitting skills. Many members made hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, shawls and so much.
Age UK Camden, Camden Welfare Rights Service and Hopscotch Asian Women Centre Benefit Re-form services provide one to one information, access and benefit assessment for families, older people and disabled people. Approximately 100 people access these services on a weekly base.
To boost up employment and volunteering opportunities, CV writing sessions are provided for the community. This enables many of the unemployed to search for part time or full time employment. Successfully 18 people have completed their CV writing since February – June 2014