The role of the Community Development Worker is to work with Black Minority Ethnic and Refugees (BMER) in raising awareness of mental health and to support different communities to access services offered by CPFT and wider services offered by organisations such as Relate, Cruse Bereavement Care and Mind.

Within CPFT, Community Development Workers support mental health practitioners to engage effectively with service users where there are specific cultural needs and through supporting with staff learning and development.

In addition to working with practitioners and service users, the Community Development Team offers a number of programmes that can be accessed by BMER groups and organisations working with them.

A Community Development Team action plan for 2014 has been published and you can read that here

Current projects

  • Latvian women's group
  • Research project on Arab speaking communities
  • Mental health awareness programme
  • Monthly mental wellbeing sessions at Bharat Hindu Samaj Temple
  • Breaking Through Barriers interactive films
  • Supporting research by accessing hard to reach groups
  • Family work with BMER families
  • Half-hour ‘toolbox talks’ for clinicians on working with BMER communities

Previous projects

  • Monthly Afghani dinner club
  • Hindu temple sessions
  • One-day dramatherapy workshops for Afghani unaccompanied minors
  • Breaking Through Barriers conference
  • Bereavement community drop in sessions
  • Breaking Through Barriers interactive films
  • Future Jobs Fund (accommodating six-month placements for young people who have been unemployed for more than six months. We had three people placed in the team.
  • Community mental health awareness training

Training sessions available on culture and mental health include:

  • Culture and affective disorders
  • Considering cultural variance in mental health
  • Cultural awareness and care planning
  • Pakistani culture and mental health
  • The evil eye and other cultural explanations of mental illness
  • Culture and psychiatry

Have your questions on mental health answered including:

  • What is mental health and mental illness? 
  • Why do some people break down and how can we help? 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Personality disorder

Learn all about these and more

  • We come to your organisation or group
  • Book a date that’s convenient for you
  • Two- or three-hour sessions available

The page was last updated on 12 January 2017 by eleanor.buckle.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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