13 June 2013

Mental Health Bristol takes a cultural tour of the city

AWP's Bristol leadership team have spent a day visiting faith centres and community leaders across the city as part of their cultural change training programme.

"One of the main priorities for Mental Health Bristol is to rebuild relationships with local communities across the city," says Malcolm Sinclair, AWP's managing director for Bristol, "which is why we've embarked on a cultural change training programme and why we've spent the day meeting representatives of various communities."

The tour was organised by the charity SARI (Support Against Racist Incidents) and led by its director Batook Pandya MBE together with Simon Newitt, director of the mental health charity for young people Off the Record, who has put together the training programme for AWP.

As part of the tour the team met with faith leaders at a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque and a Sikh gurdwara where the specific needs and issues facing these communities were discussed. Following lunch at SARI's headquarters, the team then met with representatives from the Somali and the gypsy and traveller communities.

At the end of the tour Malcolm said: "We saw today how faith, race, ethnicity and gender across different generations have such a powerful impact on people's lives, their sense of wellbeing and their ability to access services.

"The way that AWP has developed these services in recent years has sometimes widened gaps between the NHS and many local communities. Today we encountered a real desire to help us change this across Bristol, and it is great that we are now working with Off the Record, SARI and other local partners to improve service provision to all sections of our local population."

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