The Community Development Worker’s (CDW’s)Service works with Black Minority Ethnic (BME) service users, local voluntary and statutory organisations who provide services to BME individuals.
CDW’s are a link between providers and service users. They are actively involved in a number of strategic committees to ensure equality and diversity issues are included in service planning, development, commissioning and delivery.
The CDW project is run in partnership between Croydon BME Forum, Off the Record.
Four project workers cover specific age ranges.
These are: 0 – 35 based at Off the Record and 25 – 65+ based at Croydon BME Forum.
The four main community connectors who will be working alongside the BME Forum to provide services for children, young people, parents and/or carers are:
- The Centre of Change provides support to young people aged 25 and under, and their families. Through counselling, education, training, leisure and other relevant projects.
- Croydon FM is a community led online radio station offering music for you. It is also the home of urban entertainment streaming, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Elite Development Football Club (EDFC) is a family run club with a strong ethos for youth development.
- WalkwithMeUK deliver programmes/workshops to parents, families, carers and guardians to address destructive/harmful behaviours as a focus to strengthen and rebuild relationships within families/communities using the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) approach.
Every year in October, Croydon joins the rest of the UK in celebrating black history month.
Croydon BME Forum are working with Croydon Council to celebrate Black History Month in Croydon.
This is our 6th year celebrating Black history month acknowledging those who have gone before us in history to make marvellous contributions to the world, as well as celebrating those who continue to do so in order to inspire a new generation of leaders.
The theme this year is R.I.D The Stigma Representation Identity and Diversity.
Diabetes walking group meets every Wednesday for walks in Wandle Park, followed by yoga also in Wandle Park.
In the winter months yoga will take part in the Croydon BME Forum building.
Talks with a nutritionist and Cooking classes all have been going ahead at the Croydon BME Forum with Mums the Chef.
Hand and foot care and massages happen every 2 weeks.
Additonal cooking classes take place the last Wednesday of every month on a site where the group can have a bit more freedom on how much input they have with the recipes the site is Good Food Matters in New Addington.
The Croydon BME Forum is delighted to announce that our project Coming Together has received £18 000, in funding from Postcode Community Trust- a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Naciza Masikini, Community Development Worker BME Mental Health said “Coming Together is very close to our hearts as it is a project focused on establishing social support groups for BAME Women, who are experiencing domestic abuse or who have experienced it in the past”.
Domestic Abuse is highly stigmatised within the BAME Community, which makes it harder for those who experience it to recognise it or to come forward. It also can be an extremely isolating experience, which makes it almost impossible to find and seek help. The BME Forum believe it is our duty to work towards a community that de-stigmatises experiencing Domestic abuse so that those affected can firstly find support and importantly receive the right kind of support.