The Mosaic Community Trust is an award-winning community based organisation with 10 years’ experience of working in North Westminster, London and are well established in Church Street, one of London’s most deprived wards.
Our projects focus on the needs of marginalised BME communities and we address community integration and cohesion in all of our work. Our acclaimed projects use culturally appropriate approaches and project successes and benefits are underpinned by our interfaith work.
The Mosaic Community Trust has been actively focussing on the growing issue of mental health and wellbeing in the Church Street area, leading in listening and responding to the needs of the local marginalised BME communities.
Our approach to community integration and cohesion is based on empowering the most isolated community members as active, engaged and caring citizens who pride themselves in gaining economic independence.
Our approach to community intergration and cohesion
ADAPT – ENGAGE – INTEGRATE
Social integration is at the heart of the Mosaic Community Trust’s work. We believe in empowering marginalised BME communities to better integrate into British society and have developed tried and tested approaches to enable isolated and vulnerable individuals to adapt and engage with the wider community.
ACTIVE – ENGAGED CITIZEN
Community cohesion is a key outcome of the Mosaic Community Trust’s work. Through our projects we demonstrate how strengthening family life, respecting cultural diversity and promoting individual as well as community learning creates active and engaged citizen.
Income Generating Skills
EMPOWERMENT – WELLBEING
The Mosaic Community Trust believes that strengthening the income generating skills of disadvantaged BME women leads to their empowerment and wellbeing both within the household and the wider community. As trained Indian Head Massage Therapists women establish themselves as an essential community resource to wellbeing and economic independence.
The Mosaic Community Trust builds caring, active, united and inclusive communities. We do this in three ways:
- By running community based courses training local women and men as community outreach workers who focus on their communities’ mental health and wellbeing;
- By building strong local partnerships with local service providers and other voluntary sector organisations to maximise project outputs;
- By advocating for the voices of marginalised BME communities at public and voluntary sector policy and strategy briefings, events and meetings.
Creating Stronger Communities in the Church Street Area:
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitators as Sustainable Social Capital
As a community based organisation, the Mosaic Community Trust is driven by the needs of the local community. Improved mental
health, wellbeing and economic security are our core areas of
focus in the Church Street area and we are currently running
a series of courses to train BME women as Community
Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitators.
The Mosaic Community Trust empowers outreach
workers with the skills to reach out and improve their
communities’ mental health and wellbeing. In addition, we
ensure that the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing
Facilitators gain valuable income generating skills to
improve family income, resulting in women’s increased
confidence and autonomy within the household.
“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”.
“Women are being empowered…Learning about gangs, domestic violence and gaining new skills really prepares you and gives you the tools and skills for parenting”.
(Aicha, Course Participant)
Each Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitator’s course:
- Improves integration into mainstream society and addresses isolation through workshops on mental health and wellbeing, and patient empowerment;
- Increases community cohesion and promotes social renewal through workshops which generate meaningful conversations on strengthening social and cultural relationships within families and between communities.
- Addresses disadvantaged BME women’s lack of income generating skills and economic opportunities through skills building workshops in Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Therapy.
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitators:
- Improve mental health and wellbeing in the community.
- Improve community integration into mainstream society and address isolation.
- Increase their household income and practice as a head massage therapists.
Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Therapy:
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitators are also trained Indian Head Massage Therapists. They are skilled in offering therapeutic head massages to regular clients, often using these skills as an entry point for community mental health and wellbeing outreach work. Their knowledge, professionalism and skill is widely acknowledged and drawn upon locally and they are perceived as a key community resource.
“I am happy to be part of the group and meet new people. I have learnt more about mental illnesses and how these can be prevented. I am now more confident and better able to forget about past trauma. I want to be a strong mother for my children and my family…”.
(Amouna, Course Participant)
The Mosaic Community Trust’swork has made a significant difference to the self-esteem and skills of BME women, who now feel confident in addressing mental health issues and cultural stigmas, regularly challenging attitudes to mental illness.
Women have a greater awareness of what it means to be mentally healthy, are more confident and aware of how to access services to improve their mental health and wellbeing and have made positive, healthy changes to their lives and helped others to make positive health changes. Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Facilitators are confident in approaching isolated and vulnerable community members and are increasingly building on an inherent culture of creating a strong, caring community.
“My confidence has grown. I am talking more now, going out and not just staying at home. My friends say I am happier. I am talking more at home too”.
“I have benefitted from the advice and feel a sense of release being able to talk about problems. I now focus.”
(Fadila, Course Participant)
The Mosaic Community Trust’s is receiving funding for these courses from Comic Relief and The Salway Fund, through The London Community Foundation, Hyde Park Place Estates, Edward Harvist Trust and Westminster Adult Education Service.
Click on the links below to read about all our other projects…
View Past Projects
- >> Women’s Wellbeing Project
- >> Patient Empowerment and Engagement Project
- >> Mental Health and Wellbeing Project
- >> Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Training
- >> Tackling religious intolerance in primary schools
- >> Women’s Group
- >> Interfaith Youth Theatre
- >> Interfaith Mentoring for Muslim Mothers
- >> Mosaic’s Way
- >> Express Yourself