Community Development Worker Service

Picture1Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Community Development Workers Service


    To work in partnership with statutory providers,

    voluntary sector organisations, faith  groups and

    BME communities in order to address the inequalities

    in mental health service experience and outcomes.

This Service is Funded by Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and Croydon Council; delivered by   a partnership between Croydon BME Forum, Off the Record and Healing Waters

 What is the Croydon BME Mental Health
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The Community Development Worker’s (CDW’s)Service works with Black Minority Ethnic (BME) service users and 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 and Healing Waters.  Four project workers cover specific age ranges.  These are: 0 – 35  based at Off the Record and 25 – 65+ based at Croydon BME Forum.


  • Empower BME communities to play a key role in the strategic development of culturally appropriate and responsive services
  • Identify barriers to accessing mental health services; to improve and develop effective care pathways in community and statutory services
  • Raise mental health awareness through the promotion of social inclusion and positive well being
  • Challenge the stigma of BME mental health amongst statutory, voluntary and community sectors
  • Act as a resource and supportive link between BME communities and mental health services
  • Compile evidence-based needs assessments with BME communities to identify gaps in service provision


How services are delivered

Services are delivered through a number of activities, these include:    

  • Community involvement in strategic planning
  • Facilitation of consultations and focus groups
  • National and local campaigns to raise awareness of mental health issues and    promote well being
  • Capacity building – within community based organisations
  • Training – to individual groups and statutory partners
  • Involvement in equality impact assessments