A community event is being held to improve the health and wellbeing of Brighton’s minority ethnic residents. Please see here for a PDF of the day’s events : BME Wellbeing Fair Poster (1)
Local community development charity TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) is working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, The Hangleton & Knoll Project and Sussex Interpreting services to host the event which will take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 2nd April at the BMECP (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership).
Building on the success from previous years, this will be the 6th wellbeing event aimed specifically at black and minority ethnic residents of Brighton & Hove.
Attendees will have the chance to connect with community groups and service providers offering help and support to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing. At the family-friendly event there will also be opportunities to take part in a variety of activities and find out about healthy lifestyle.
No booking is required and the event is open to all minority ethnic residents. Refreshments and activities will be provided free of charge and Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Portuguese and Turkish interpreters will be on hand throughout the day. Thanks to a generous donation from Brighton and Hove Bus Company, free bus tickets are available to anyone travelling by bus to the event.
Community Development Worker Ratna Jan Bibi, who is coordinating the event, said “Bringing together Brighton’s diverse communities through events like these can contribute to wellbeing, reduce isolation, improve social connections and encourage community integration.
“Over 400 people came to last year’s event, which saw a huge diversity of people come to learn more about how to take control of their own health and wellbeing. As well as people being able to gather practical information and engage in serious conversations about their health, it was also a lot of fun – we had singing, dancing and delicious Caribbean, Chinese and Indian food. We hope this year’s event will be even bigger and better.”
And Vikki Gimson of Sussex Interpreting Services says “SIS is really proud to be involved in the Annual BME Wellbeing Event for the 6th year. It is such a wonderful opportunity for our Service Users to get a better understanding of what is available to help them stay healthy and happy! We encourage services to bring translated materials and provide interpreting support on the day to help our Service Users break down barriers of language, information and culture so that they can feel valued and involved”.
This event links up with other work the TDC Equalities team has recently undertaken across the city. This includes a consultation with diverse communities of identity on their experience of health and wellbeing services and a BME volunteer fair as well as a new social prescribing project – Community Navigation Plus, which links people from BME backgrounds with local groups, helping them address non-clinical issues. About to launch is “MESH” an integrated ‘one stop’ advice service for migrants, providing a welcoming gateway to English language provision for speakers of other languages as well as other support services across Brighton and Hove.
The BME wellbeing event will take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Tuesday 2nd April at BMECP, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE.
Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Portuguese and Turkish interpreters will be available at the event. If you would like to attend and need an interpreter, call Sussex Interpreting Services on 01273 234825 after 3pm. Leave your name, phone number and a message with your language need.
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