Phase 4 of the Baiter Sehat project concluded in mid May 2017 with One Voice presenting a set of emerging themes and recommendations on their work since 2016. The meeting was attended by 32 people who have ben involve din the project in some way. Read more…
Tauheedul Islam Girl’s high School were the hosts for a health fayre with nearly 30 health and lifestyle exhibitors. One ended Phase 4 with over 170 Dementia Friends and five new champions. The Adult Safeguarding Champions engaged with more members of the community, while four female substance misuse ambassadors were created after Brief Awareness Training administered by CGL Inspire and GO2.
During January and February 2017 the Baiter seat project carried out workshops to discover the specific needs from the South asian community in relation to mental health services. Further dementia friends were created, as well as dementia friendly organisations. Outlets continued to sign up tot he ‘Friends of the service’ project with CGL Inspire and GO2. The Adult Safeguarding Ambassadors continued their work in the community.
In December 2016 the Brookhouse Development Group became Dementia Friends, with a view to the group becoming Dementia Friends organisation through the Dementia Action Alliance. We say further insight work into emotional health and well being, as well as Hepatitis B and C research through engagement with the community. Further Friends of the Service were created as part of the Drug and Alcohol awareness exercise. A women’s group were the recipients of the drugs awareness training, and further recruits became ambassadors.
During November, two Adult Abuse (safeguarding) ambassadors were created by One Voice, including Faz Patel MBE. A promotional campaign has begun including leaflets, bus shelter advertisements, and poster displays to encourage people form the community to better understand adult safeguarding/abuse. Four organisations have become ‘Friends of the Service’ to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse and sign post individuals to abuse services in Blackburn and Darwen. Further dementia friends have been created with Jamia Ghousia Masjid becoming he first mosque in east Lancashire to become Dementia Friendly.
Through the month of September and into October One Voice has created a new Dementia Champion in Hafeeza Bhatti. At the age of 18 she is one of the youngest Champions in the North of England. A further 16 Dementia Friends have been created. Read more Ruksana Moress also completed her Dementia Training to be come the fourth Champion created by One Voice and Javed Iqbal also completed his training to join the group of five champions. We have worked with CGL Inspire and GO2 to create a poster and design for Friends of the service, as well as conduct a focus group. These are are organisations that will help create awareness of Drug and Alcohol Abuse services in Blackburn and Darwen. Read more As part of the work on Emotional Health and Well Being and Suicide One Voice has conducted interviews with Imams, as well as a specially designed workshop to garner the views of young students, and also provide sign posting information. Read more
ONE VOICE RECEIVES HEALTH COMMISSION BOOST
One Voice has been commissioned to deliver the fourth phase of its Baiter Sehat (Better Health) campaign in Blackburn and Darwen.
The purpose of the commission is to deliver a programme of community engagement initiatives in Blackburn and Darwen, on a range of health areas. Community engagement is central to Public Health to promote health and well-being and reduce health inequalities, particularly interventions which focus on improving health in disadvantaged populations.
Over the last year the Baiter Sehat campaign has highlighted issues including Mental Health and Well-Being, Drugs and Alcohol, Organ Donation and Dementia. One Voice is a community interest company set up to improve the social and economic well being of the most deprived communities in Blackburn and Darwen.
Executive Member for Health & Adult Social Care at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Councillor Mustafa Desai said,
“We are delighted to be able to continue this nationally award winning better health campaign with One Voice in 2016/17. We know that the health outcomes in Blackburn with Darwens South Asian community are significantly below national averages and that this programme of targeted education, information and community engagement is a key way to prevent illnesses and improve life expectancy. The programme will also reduce avoidable demand on health services.”
One Voice has developed an extensive range of activities at various settings across BwD including gathering intelligence from some of the boroughs hardest to reach groups especially in the BME community. Ethnicity has been targeted as people with some protected characteristics find it difficult to access care, support that meets their particular needs and as a result more likely to experience poor health
The commission will form the basis for phase four of the Baiter Sehat campaign. In the previous four years One Voice has carried out over 60 focus groups, over 35 community engagement events and held two Health Melas. In total the organisation has engaged with over 8,000 hard to reach members of the community.
Most recently, One Voice worked with CGL Inspire and GO2 to raise awareness of support for drug and alcohol misuse in both young people and adults through the production of a poster. Two young members of One Voice, Juwairiyyah Mubarak and Adam Umarji became drug ambassadors.
One Voice held a health event at Masjid e Tauheedul Islam, Bicknell Street, as part of an ongoing mosque tour that will continue in the fourth campaign.
Another major accomplishment during phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat Project was when One Voice created over 100 Dementia Friends in one day. There was also a major study into the awareness of hepatitis B and C among the BME community.
Phase four of the campaign will include work on Dementia, Drugs and Alcohol, Adult Safeguarding, Mental Health and Suicide, and Hepatitis B and C.
Chairman of One Voice, Abrar Hussain said,
“Phase four of the Baiter Sehat campaign will see us continue to reinforce our previous work and focus on educating the local communities and increase access to health and well-being provisions, and in this way, improve the outcome for the whole community.
“We have seen an immensely positive response from the community to our work. As a result, the Baiter Sehat campaign will continue its innovative stance in a sustainable manner so we can see tangible results in the local community.”