Our project will deliver exercise, fitness, health and wellbeing classes for all men & women who have learning difficulties/disabilities and also have diagnosis of mental health conditions. This will reduce social isolation & loneliness, encourage social interaction and social inclusion within our multi cultural communities which we live in. We would like to make people aware of different cultures within the diverse communities we live in and how to respect each others culture through our cookery classes and sharing food. To deliver an employability, befriending and mentoring scheme to meet the needs of the local residents who suffer from mental health conditions, learning difficulties/ disabilities and low self esteem/confidence. We will help them build their own support network to reduce social isolation. We will promote community cohesion work within our different cultural diverse communities delivering community engagement work with the local residents.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The benefits our project will bring to the cultural diverse communities that we work with are the following: =To reduce social isolation and loneliness by offering befriending, mentoring, selfcare and wellbeing support group for men and women =To improve mental health & wellbeing though fitness & exercise classes. =To improve cultural awareness & cultural sensitivity within all communities, by delivering events & drama workshops andcookery classes from different cultures. This will allow people to talk about food from around the world so everyone can talk about their own culture in a positive way. This will reduce conflict between communities and improve community cohesion between our diverse communities that we live in. =To increase job opportunities for people with mental health conditions and learning difficulties/disabilities by helping them access education, work and training through delivering employability and training courses.
Steps to get it done:
Since September 2017, Unity Hope House have been having regular women’s coffee mornings, arts and craft sessions, selfcare support sessions, health and wellbeing sessions, advice, guidance and information sessions in Burnley mainly at the Burnley Boys and Girls Club. We have identified the barriers which are faced by the vulnerable people with mental health conditions, learning difficulties/disabilities in accessing education/employment in our cultural diverse communities. We found the solutions to this barrier which is to set up a community hub and training centre to support people with mental health conditions and learning difficulties/ disabilities access education, employability and training. Our charity organisation has identified several issues in relation to mental health and wellbeing and unemployment which we can be resolved by having appropriate support in place to meet the need of our multicultural diverse community.
About the space
Barden Playing Fields, Barden Lane, Burnley BB10 1JQ
Burnley Borough Council