Improving Community Capability was a one-year project funded by the National Lottery to provide a voice for the Tamil population living in the UK about their mental health needs. A documentary film, narrated by Dr Phil Thomas, focused on range of these issues that included raising important points about the dissonance between Western mental health services and non-Western mental health needs. The research element involved service-users, individuals with with unmet needs and interviews with professionals including Prof Rachel Tribe (University of East London), Dr Suman Fernando (world renowned scholar) and Dr Malik Gull (Director Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network).
Success Together was a one-year project providing direct support to Tamil families affected by the civil war in Sri Lanka. The project adopted a holistic approach to working with the entire community, including ex-militants and those directly and indirectly impacted by discriminatory actions of the Sri Lankan government. The project delivered IT training and support, English language provision, and craft and design sessions to help reduce isolation and improve the overall well-being of participants. Further activities were delivered with groups organising around a military separatist agenda, focusing on culturally adapted (combining Eastern philosophical values) psychological provision.
Our Elderly Yoga project was the first funding
we received from Sport England. This sixth month
project in 2019 was a huge success with participants
reporting improved socialisation and wellbeing.