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.
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.
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.
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.
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