Diverse Cymru’s All-Wales BME Mental Health & Social Care Advocacy Project receives new ‘Red Plaque’ in recognition of Comic Relief funding.
Diverse Cymru’s All-Wales BME Mental Health & Social Care Advocacy Project in Wales has become one of more than 2,100 across the UK to receive a brand new ‘Red Plaque’ in recognition of its vital work, supported by Comic Relief funding. Diverse Cymru is the only organisation working across Wales specifically on BME mental health issues. We are involved in ensuring all Welsh initiatives around mental health specifically and health, social care and well-being generally are delivered locally in a culturally sensitive appropriate and inclusive manner. This project provides training and support to advocacy/advice services as well as BME groups in order for them to provide inclusive and culturally sensitive services. Suzanne Duval at Diverse Cymru said:
“We thank Comic Relief for the funding. Without it, we could not have made such an impact on the ground for our specific communities and worked with so many voluntary sector partners across Wales. The work has made a difference to people’s lives and enhanced services.”
The All-Wales BME Mental Health & Social Care Advocacy Project is one of 16,800 UK projects who have received funding from Comic Relief since the charity began in 1988. Diverse Cymru received £39,934 in 2014 and used that money to employ 2 part-time Co-ordinators based in both South and North Wales to recruit volunteer Community Champions to help deliver training/talks/presentations to BME groups, advocacy providers and mental health practitioners about BME mental health & social care issues as well as provide support around BME engagement. This has significantly increased awareness of the issues and as a consequence has meant the delivery of service to a wider group of the population. This has helped to increase the uptake and access by BME individuals to mental health services through their GP or self-referral and have made them aware of their entitlements to these services. Round and red to echo Comic Relief’s iconic Red Nose, the plaque features a quote from one of Comic Relief’s supporters – David Tennant – and will placed at Diverse Cymru’s offices in Cardiff.