How Can We Help?
We work with a wide range of communities including African & African Caribbean, Central & Eastern European, South Asian, and Asylum Seeker and Refugees. We work with younger people, adults and older people.
Sharing Voices delivers a range of range of services for individuals from black and ethnic minority communities dealing with mental distress.
Our services are tailored to provide a holistic approach that is culturally and spiritually appropriate to aid recovery and facilitate long term resilience.
Our core services are detailed below.
We provide a one to one service, and home visits for all our clients. We assess client needs and provide relevant support based on those needs. This includes listening and providing emotional support, providing advice and guidance, signposting and befriending.
We run a number of groups for both men and women.
Group sessions offers a comfortable setting and an opportunity to talk to, and share experiences with other individuals going through similar situations. A wide range of activities are offered during group sessions, such as learning about personal wellbeing and health related issues, arts and crafts, social activities, physical exercise, trips and visits to places of interest and many other activities based on member choices.
We provide a befriending service to support individuals who may have lost their confidence or feel socially isolated due to mental distress. This includes providing a friendly service to encourage wellbeing and participation in social activities.
Sharing voices delivers a range of service for younger people from 13-24 years of age. We actively work within schools, colleges and universities to provide advice and consultancy, group sessions and also one to one support for younger people.
The older peoples service delivers support for individuals from the age of 50 years. In addition to providing support for mental health difficulties such as Depression and Anxiety, the older peoples service also delivers support for individuals diagnosed with Dementia. We are actively working with other organisations to encourage services and centres (including faith centres) to become dementia friendly.
One of the key roles of Sharing Voices is that of being a conduit for change, i.e. to ensure that services meet the needs of the community and that community needs are fed back to statutory services (such as the NHS and local authority) so that these can be included in service design and planning.
We work across the Bradford District and with a wide range of partners including the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Bradford District Care Foundation Trust, Bradford Council, Bradford University, and range of other community and voluntary organisations.
We have representation on a wide range of forums and bodies, including Health & Wellbeing and Equalities, Youth in Mind, Young Minds, Mental Health Providers Forum, and a range of others. We also have governor representation on the board of the Bradford District Care Foundation Trust and also board membership of the Peoples Board.
We provide a wide range of services to support and facilitate other organisations addressing issues around mental wellbeing. We can tailor the support and training to meet specific needs and requests. We can also carry out any specific research needs on your behalf and report on these.
Previous work has included delivering training and consultancy to mental health teams, television and radio broadcasters (including the BBC), film makers, and other organisations. We have carried out research around issues affecting young people, women, BME communities and developed resources as a result of these.