100 DEMENTIA FRIENDS CREATED TO CONCLUDE DEMENTIA ACTIVITY
One hundred Dementia Friends were created in one day at a local Sixth Form School as part of the Baiter Sehat project. And the highly anticipated launch of the Its About Time 2 video took place at the One Voice Annual Dinner in late February.
The girls of Tauheedul Islam School were treated to a talk on the Baiter Sehat Project in early March, where the the first Its About Time (our community started to talk about organ donation) was also shown.
A mosque event was the first of many as the Baiter Sehat project went out onto the road. The event featured advice on dementia, drug and alcohol abuse, organ donation, and much more. The first event will took place in Masjid e Tauheedul Islam, on Bicknell Street in Blackburn, in February 2016.
The community of Blackburn and Darwen are becoming Dementia Friends thanks to the Baiter Sehat campaign, and One Voice has created two Dementia champions in the area. While mental health workshops have been conducted and a Drugs and Alcohol awareness campaign will be launched in the coming months.
The aim of the Baiter Sehat project, which is in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, is to deliver both community education initiatives and integrate information into existing health promotion activity in the local BME community.
The Baiter Sehat project has also completed research from the BwD communities into Hepatitis B and C in the South Asian population. Five ‘Explorers’ have conducting more than 200 face to face interviews to gather awareness of Hepatitis.
Drug and Alcohol ambassadors will be created in the community thanks to a number of events where One Voice engaged with young people in Blackburn and Darwen.
Adam Umarji is the first drug ambassador and he will support the Baiter Sehat in reaching the community to offer advice and assistance to those struggling with substance misuse.
Over 70 people from the BME community have also become Dementia Friends as part of a Baiter Sehat initiative. The Operational Lead of the Baiter Sehat project, Zaheer Mahmud, is one of the Champions in the Blackburn area and he will be conducting further sessions in the community. Dementia is part of Phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat campaign, along with Organ Donation, Emotional Heath and Suicide, Drugs and Alcohol, and Hepatitis B/C. The One Voice Mela was another success last summer despite the weather.
A local Funday saw the start of the award winning Baiter Sehat Phase Three project. Both events featured information on Mental Health and Suicide, Organ Donation, Dementia, and Drugs & Alcohol, with various stalls from local health providers. And a youth group saw the launch of the It’s About Time campaign video delivered by organ donation specialist nurse Angela Ditchfield.
Salima Patel, who was at Brookhouse Primary School for the Funday said,
“My father suffers from Dementia and I think this is really good that One Voice is tackling this subject. I look forward to seeing how this message is given to the Asian community – a lot more needs to be done.”
The Baiter Sehat campaign has already highlighted issues including Forced Marriage, Mental Health and Well Being, Domestic Violence, Health Checks, Shisha Smoking, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Suicide. And on 12th June youth group SLYNCs hosted the young people launch of the organ donation awareness campaign. Read more…