Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Community Healthy Living Champion

Community Healthy Living Champion

Here at Diversity Living Services, we are pleased to announce that we will be organising a 2 Day training course giving you the opportunity to become a Community Healthy Living Champion.

The training will take place at Edmonton Green Library in the Large Community Room on Friday 11th October 2019 and Friday 18th October 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:30PM. 

Course Facilitator:
This two-day intensive training will be delivered by Harman, a Registered Nutritionist with a medical background who has experience working in the NHS, health charities and private health organisations.  Her main areas of expertise cover early years nutrition and weight management. She has a passion for making a positive change in people’s lives and to help individuals achieving their health goals by applying evidence-based nutrition advice. Harman also owns a  Nutrition Consultancy business called Nutrificient Life.
Training Objectives: 
Community Healthy Living Champions are people who will have the ability to transform health and well-being in their communities,  families and workplaces

With the increased knowledge, awareness, support and training gained through this course participants will be empowered and motivated to get involved in healthy social activities, create groups to meet local needs and
signpost people to relevant support and services. They will also be empowered to help others to enjoy healthier lives by raising awareness of health and healthy choices, sharing health messages, removing barriers and creating supportive networks and environments. Champions are also influencing and shaping local services, increasing public participation, initiating community development opportunities and gaining skills to move into further training, volunteering roles and employment.

What are the benefits of this course?
  • Enhances your CV to apply for jobs in health and care services such as GPs, Pharmacies, etc.
  • Opportunity for you to develop your career
  • Provides a networking opportunity
  • Progression to further education and training in health and social care
  • Increased confidence to look after your own health including those around you. 
We have limited spaces, to register for this training or for more information please email us at healthinfo@diversityliving.orgor call us on 0208 803 6161. 

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Our Vision and Services

Our vision is of a society where no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health.

Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out, seeking support and playing full and active roles in our communities. The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination will vary between communities as mental health has a cultural context that affects the way communities talk about the subject and engage with people who have mental health problems. In some cultures depression, for example, doesn't exist and in others an experience of a mental health problem can be attached to a sense of shame.

For the African and Caribbean communities a key issue is the overrepresentation of young African and Caribbean men in mental health services. Misconceptions and stereotypes have led to a perception that this group is more likely to pose a risk of violent behaviour and, as a result, they are more likely to be treated as inpatients and sectioned when compared to other groups. It is well documented that this has led to a fear of talking about mental health issues more openly and a fear of using mental health services. Research by the Race Equality Foundation (2011) also highlighted fears that discrimination against Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and migrant service users will increase in the austerity climate and whilst commissioning arrangements change.

Our Services

· Provide information, advice, advocacy

· Represent diversity communities in Health Care services, policies and strategies

· Organise training in health and social care in collaboration with local colleges

· Provide human resources ( including interpreters) who are suitable to the diversity communities especially to break language and cultural barriers

· Provides domiciliary care and support

· Provide services such specialised support for people with mental health needs, including people who suffer from short-term memory problems, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

· Provide visits to elderly people and help them with outings and home services

· Participate in local authority and NHS consultations , research events and programmes to voice the needs of diversity communities.

· Increase access to services and rights for disadvantaged people and the most vulnerable of our society

· Help and support unemployed people to look for work, including training and job preparation

· Provide legal advice in a range of issues from on Immigration and Asylum , welfare benefits, housing, health, education, community care, and training, employment, etc.

· Provide advice and guidance, information and practical help so that our service users can access opportunities they are entitled to

· Organise training and other community learning opportunities that provide new skills, increase confidence and motivation

· Support our service users to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training

· Provide support for young people with their education, training, confidence building, employment and social needs.

Objectives of our Diversity Living Programme:

· To promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities* in integrated care.

· To inform policy, locally and nationally, and assisting in the formulation of effective policies, strategies and good practices in integrated care in order to contribute to improved health outcomes for the people from the diversity communities (e.g. Black and minority ethnic communities) and to ensure health services are able to meet their specific needs.

· To improve the quality of life for diversity people with disability, mental health problems and their families and carers through integrated care by providing inclusive advocacy and information.

· To provide service that enable diversity groups and individuals with disability /elderly and their carers to make the right choice for themselves and have an influence on decisions made about their future.

· To promote the rights of diversity people with disability, their families and carers and make sure their rights are safe and protected.

· To promoting access to information regarding healthcare issues and to raise awareness of the needs of diversity disabled children, young people, older people and their families.

· To promote the rights of older and disabled diversity people, helping them overcome and enable them to participate in decisions about their future

· To provide support and information to those suffering the isolation and loneliness that can be associated with disability and old age

· To fight against mental health stigma in refugee, black and minority ethnic communities and ensure no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health or disability.

*Diversity communities are older people, disabled people, Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities.