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This project will only be funded if at least £750 is pledged by 15th July 2020 at 11:59pm

Bringing mental health and wellbeing support to disadvantaged groups by offering training to people within their communities

by Laura Nangreave in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

URGENT UPDATE IN FUNDING REQUESTS:

It is understandable that most people’s anxiety levels have increased due to the uncertainty regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect us. 

Oasis-Talk would like to use the funds collected to support our Wellbeing Ambassadors during the Covid-19 outbreak. Offering our support online and over the phone.  

The Project:

In 2019, Oasis-Talk developed an accredited training course for aspiring Wellbeing Ambassadors in Bristol’s black and ethnic minority communities. This course enabled 13 volunteers to become wellbeing course facilitators in their own communities. The course was a great success and has been inundated with requests for it to continue.

Tackling inequality

This project aims to implement mental health and wellbeing support early in its presentation, right at the heart of the community. It has been co-produced to prevent social problems caused by social disadvantage or exclusion and addresses barriers such as stigma, language and accessibility which may prevent some people from accessing mainstream mental health services. 


 

Our video

The Video was captured at the end of the project’s celebration event. Participants shared personal stories about how the course had positively impacted their lives, and shows the support and desire for it to continue.

Improving Environments for the future

The Wellbeing Ambassadors are in trusted positions within their community and are best placed to deliver first line wellbeing support groups. Being equipped with the knowledge and available resources to refer people to other mental health services where appropriate.

It has brought many communities together, the sense of participation itself can help to prevent the worsening of mental health. 


The future:

We would like to raise £15,745, towards another year of the project.

Investment would be used to provide another 12 months of wellbeing courses, co-delivered with the Wellbeing Ambassadors to support them on a journey to running their own well-being sessions. Fortnightly sessions would be supplemented by one-to-one supervision to build their confidence, knowledge and encourage continuation. The support would also cover associated costs such as room hire, safeguarding and travel. 

 
 

About Oasis Talk: 

Oasis Talk is committed to making this innovative project go beyond making a service ‘accessible for all’, bringing the service to the heart of the community. Another year of funding would give our partnership time to embed the learning from the very successful project held in 2019.  Oasis-Talk passionately believe in learning and progressing future projects as a Community Interest Company.    

The topics covered varies depending on requests, but can cover topics such as:

Living with long term illness

Bereavement 

Sleep

Stress

Anxiety

Relaxation

Sleep

Low Mood

Managing Anger

Assertiveness

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

£30 Covid-19 anxiety helpline

£30 will pay for a qualified therapist to support an individual experiencing high levels of anxiety during the Covid-19 outbreak over the phone.

£10 or more

translation services

pays for 1,000 words to be translated.

£15 or more

Room hire

£15 pays for room hire for one session in the community.

£15 or more

transport to venue

£15 can pay for the travel costs for up to 7 people. Helping to remove this barrier to accessing wellbeing services

£45 or more

Support a wellbeing-ambassador

Pays for a well-being manager to support the ambassadors during a session to collaborate, offer support and build their confidence in delivering future sessions independently.

£50 or more

Interpretation

£50 pays for an interpreter to attend one of our sessions.


Let's make 'Wellbeing Ambassadors' happen

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