Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions (3 month course)
Enrol now to be trained as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion and help friends and community members with their emotional and mental health. Join us Monday and Wednesday mornings at 80A Church Street and gain new skills to support your community.
Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Training (3 month introductory course)
Enrol now on our Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Training course. Join us Wednesday mornings at 80A Church Street. On successful completion of the course, you will have the skills to offer therapeutic head massages, improving your community’s overall physical and mental health and potentially earning additional income for your household.
Please contact Aicha on 07449505779 or drop in at 80A Church Street (next to William Hill Betting Shop) on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Mosaic expanding its work overseas
Mosaic Community Trust has recently made the decision to expand its work overseas, in addition to work in the UK.
Building on its extremely successful Community Champions model, which has been widely adopted by the BME community of North Westminster, Mosaic Community Trust has now initiated a programme to support Indian NGOs adopt the same model, beginning with a pilot project in Andhra Pradesh in the Southeast.
Mosaic is also set to initiate a new project in Nepal in response to the devastating earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. Utilising Mosaic’s vast experience and expertise in public health and well-being, this project aims to protect and promote the public health of a community, located 15km south of Kathmandu, which was devastated by the earthquake.
Please read the projects page for more information about these two new projects.
Training our Champions!
Since February 2015, Mosaic Community Trust has run a series of training courses and events for the Church Street Patient Champions. The Church Street Patient Champions are a group of local women from BME communities who are being trained to promote and facilitate access to health and wellbeing services within their communities, particularly GP services.
Over a three week period in February, 10 Patient Champions participated in the Mental Health First Aid Standard course delivered by a qualified facilitator from the NHS Westminster Wellbeing Team. Topics included recognising the early signs of a mental health problem, guiding someone towards the right support, and reducing the stigma of mental health problems. The women now have the skills needed to provide initial help to people experiencing emotional and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders and psychosis, as well as supporting their own well-being.
“…this course has given me the tools to better recognise mental health issues both within my family and my community. I now feel more confident to acknowledge and address mental health issues.” Patient Champion
In March, Mosaic facilitated a one day Patient Participation Group (PPG) event at Church Street Library. The event, which was attended by the Patient Champions, local GP staff and patients, Westminster Public Health representatives and a local councillor, offered an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns about the quality of local healthcare services. Mosaic staff also presented the findings of their recently completed Patient Survey.
The event enabled the Patient Champions and other patients to be heard in a more formal setting and provide feedback to influence service delivery, as well as enabling GP practices and other local service providers to participate in these discussions.
“It clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of holding a PPG meeting in a community setting led by patients. We are extremely proud of our volunteers who now feel empowered and confident to voice their concerns” Lena Choudary-Salter, Director of Mosaic Community Trust
In June 2015, a facilitator from the London based organisation Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (www.standingtogether.org.uk) delivered an introductory session on Domestic Abuse Awareness Training for the Patient Champions.
The women were introduced to the best practice around identifying and responding to domestic abuse. The session included training and discussion on talking to survivors about domestic abuse, knowing what to do with a disclosure of domestic abuse, and the barriers to seeking support such as shame, fear and familial pressure. Mosaic will be following up on many of the issues raised to further equip the Patient Champions with the tools to effectively address domestic violence in their outreach work.
“I am loving this course and meeting new people. It really helps you to come out of yourself, out of your comfort zone, and opens your mind. Learning about gangs, domestic violence and gaining new skills really prepares you and gives you the tools and skills for parenting” Patient Champion
Mosaic is currently offering a three month introductory course in Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage to the Patient Champions, enabling them to provide therapeutic head massages to local residents alongside offering advice and signposting of local health and wellbeing services.
The weekly Indian head massage training sessions, which are being facilitated by the Mosaic Community Trust’s Director, Lena Choudary-Salter, a qualified and experienced Indian head massage therapist, encompass both theory and practice on a range of topics, including human anatomy, hygiene, health and safety, client consultation and assessment, and massage techniques.
This will also provide the women with an alternative form of income generation, which, by increasing their household income, can often result in greater confidence and autonomy within the household.
Mosaic Community Trust recognised at Westminster Community Awards!
At the Westminster Community Awards event on 5th June 2014, Mosaic Community Trust received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Outstanding Organisation’ category. The award was presented by Cllr. Steve Summers, Cabinet Member, Westminster City Council.
In partnership with Westminster City Council, Gareth Owen, Chief Executive of One Westminster, hosted the prestigious event, which aimed to celebrate and raise the profile of those individuals and organisations who make a real difference within Westminster.
“We feel extremely proud to receive this ‘Highly Commended Outstanding Organisation Award’, given in recognition of outstanding performance of a voluntary organisation and its impact on the community. This is truly in recognition of our women in the community who have worked extremely hard to improve their health and well being and make a meaningful contribution to the well being of their families and local communities.” Lena Choudary-Salter, Director of Mosaic Community Trust
Spring 2014 edition of The Mosaic Community Trust NEWS:
- Church Street Community Health Champions
- English classes take off
- Champions go from strength to strength!
- Healthwatch: ensuring people’s voices are heard
- Study reveals that we need to do more exercise
- Celebrating International Women’s Day
- Answering our call for help
- There’s no stopping Roma!
- Dil’s Story
- Join our team of champions
Spring 2013 edition of The Mosaic Community Trust NEWS:
1. Church Street Community Health Champions – Health Training, Baseline Study, Diabetes Mentors
2. Men’s Health and Wellbeing – Course
Local resident, Mohammed, said:
“…I can now help my community, my friends and family…it has made me feel good inside; now I can challenge myself and be free to talk to people in the community about emotional wellbeing. I can share my own experiences to try to help…”
3. Events – Vitamin D Campaign, Visiting Local Health Centres
Winter 2012 edition of The Mosaic Community Trust NEWS:
1. Church Street Community Health Champions – Graduation, Health Survey
2. Men’s Health and Wellbeing – Course, Focus Group
3. Events – Health and Wellbeing
Shelina Begum, said:
“…the event was a great way of getting people talking about their health and wellbeing and learning about what’s available locally. Many people want to improve their health but aren’t sure how to go about it. Talking with the community health champions at the event helped people to learn how to.”