One Westminster E-bulletin 14 February 2019
A recent short write up of our work in the Westminster Network E-bulletin:
AN INSPIRING MORNING… One of the distinctive features of Westminster’s Community Network is the wealth of organisations, large and small, delivering a vast range of services across the borough. One such organisation is Mosaic Community Trust where I spent the morning recently – and came away thoroughly inspired by the great work taking place.
Mosaic works with women in the Church Street area of Westminster and on the morning I visited, an Indian Head Massage training session was taking place where around 20 participants were learning the necessary skills in order to practise as therapists. It was striking that the women are gaining so much more than simply the skills and knowledge needed for head massage. They are also improving their English, making new friends, gaining support with emotional health and wellbeing, and learning to support others in their community.
“Mosaic is all about empowering local communities through enabling women to have access to information, education, skills, experience and engagement – our approach is rights based, community led resulting in creating sustainable community assets in the form of empowered women,” says CEO Lena Choudary-Salter.
I was delighted to be lucky enough to have a head massage treatment myself and went away feeling relaxed, uplifted and very impressed! If you are a Westminster Community Network member and would like me to visit your organisation, simply send me an email.
Hilary Nightingale WCN Chair.
Free Massage for Stress Relief and Relaxation
Do you live in the Church Street area?
Enjoy a free massage for yourself and your baby at the Mosaic Community Trust’s weekly Drop-In Service where you can meet other mothers and connect with grandmothers to support you.
Meet trained Indian Head Massage Therapists who can advise you on your health and wellbeing needs.
the Mosaic Community Trust is offering free therapeutic head massages and demonstrations in baby massage.
Hafs Academy, Boscobel Street (Off Penfold Street)
Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
(starting Wednesday 24th April 2019)
Hafs Academy, Boscobel Street (off Penfold Street)
Contact Mosaic on: 0741 999 2292
Download this as a PDF: IG project Poster_Teal
Connecting Mothers and Grandmothers for Stronger Families
– Improving inter-generational links to strengthen extended family structures –
Mosaic will be starting a new project in April 2019.
With support from Westminster City Council, Neighbourhood Keepers Programme, Mosaic will deliver a weekly drop-in service for young BME mothers and grandmothers resident in Church Street, NW8.
The weekly drop-in service will offer free therapeutic massage and emotional support for women as well as demonstrations in baby massage.
Mosaic will provide a culturally appropriate service for women to share and receive support for their health and wellbeing and to overcome isolation and loneliness.
The drop-in will run every Wednesday – starting 24th April
(excluding school holidays and between 8th May and 5th June)
From: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
At: Hafs Academy, Boscobel Street (Off Penfold Street)
Download this as a PDF: INTERGENERATIONAL PROJECT
International Women’s Day 2019
On Monday 11th March 2019, the Mosaic Community Trust (Mosaic) celebrated International Women’s Day with IB students from Westminster Academy.
Guests included Cllr. Aicha Less and Cllr. Heather Acton, Jackie Rosenberg (CE One Westminster), Holly Youlden (Director of Learning – Sixth Form, Westminster Academy), Emily Parkes (The Paddington Partnership), Rev. Clare Dowding (Vicar of St. Paul’s), Tandy Newton (Mosaic Trustee), IB students (Westminster Academy), around 50 mothers and grandmothers from the local BME community and Mosaic course participants.
Lena Choudary-Salter, CEO Mosaic, welcomed participants to the event and introduced the IWD 2019 theme – “Think Equal”. Habiba Haque, Programme Assistant, opened proceedings with a prayer followed by a traditional Bangladeshi song performed by a small group of local mothers.
Six Church Street women (Fahmida, Janatul, Habiba, Malika, Emma, Hawa) shared their inspiring stories of change. They talked about how Mosaic had inspired and supported them to overcome prevailing cultural norms and expectations of the roles of wives and mothers and how they now enjoy more respect within their families and are flourishing within the local community. Others shared their journeys from war-torn Somalia to Djibouti, Yemen, Holland and finally the UK. All the stories demonstrated women’s bravery and courage in overcoming the challenges and obstacles towards equality. These changes start within the home and support the building of stronger, more cohesive communities.
Lena and Holly then introduced the partnership between Mosaic and Westminster Academy which has been key in bringing together generations and communities in the Church Street area, especially in such a large, sometimes isolating city such as London. Lena then moderated a Q&A session between the IB students and the “Mosaic Mothers”. Questions focused around the theme “Think Equal”:
- Do you think your mother and father are equal?
- Why do you think girls and boys, men and women should be treated equally?
- What do you think you can do to promote equality at home?
- What do you think are the current barriers to equality?
- How would you define equality?
- Would you be interested in supporting us to promote a “think equal” campaign in Westminster?
Cllr Heather Acton then reiterated how women’s skills as home makers are still so often undervalued and underrated, as is their bravery and courage as mothers who have arrived in the UK after often very hazardous journeys.
Cllr Aicha Less shared personal experiences on the importance of overcoming the fear and shame of not speaking up in difficult times and applauded the women’s ambition, strength and uniqueness in making the changes that they already have.
After a vote of thanks to all those who had shared their personal stories and to the guests who had joined the celebrations, the event was closed and participants were encouraged to network with the students and the “Mosaic Women”.
After lunch, Mosaic’s trained Indian Head Massage Therapists showcased their Ayurvedic Indian head massage skills, offering free therapeutic massages to attendees.
Holly Youlden, Cllr Heather Acton, IB students, Lena Choudary-Salter and “Mosaic Mothers”
Two Church Street women sharing their journeys of change
International Women’s Day
Theme for 2019: THINK EQUAL
Monday 11th March 2019
Church Street Library
London NW8 8EU
Welcome and introductions
Lena Choudary Salter, CEO of Mosaic Community Trust
Habiba Haque, Programme Assistant
Traditional song of Empowerment
Journey towards Think Equal
Mothers from the community: Fahmida, Janatul, Habiba, Luula, Malika, Hawa
Mosaic’s Collaboration with Westminster Academy
Holly Youlden, Director of Learning for Sixth Form
Westminster Academy ‘Think Equal’ Discussion and Q+A session
Mothers from the community and Westminster Academy students
Cllr. Aicha Less, Cllr. Heather Acton
Vote of thanks and closing remarks
Heike Gloeckner, Programme Manager
Networking and light lunch
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.”