Announcing the setting up of a new national initiative by Ethnic Health Forum
Ethnic Health Network UK (EHN-UK)
Ethnic Health Forum has finished its internal strategic discussions and consultation with the Advisory Board, and on 22nd June 2021, EHF Board has finally approved the setting up of the Ethnic Health Network, UK, which is a multi-ethnic, coalition of community organisations located across United Kingdom who are working for the health and social care improvements of minority ethnic communities they serve. Ethnic Health Forum is pleased to coordinate and launch a new initiative in this regard.
Meeting with Kaysha Fleming
DWP Disability Employment Advisor
Kaysha Fleming visited Ethnic Health Forum office on 11th June 2021 to exchange and discuss plans how EHF can support and provide services to the clients referred from Rusholme Job Centre Plus. The areas identified were mainly English language club, IT training and It skills enhancement. in addition to identifying health and wellbeing support to clients referred. She agreed to provide half a day training / coaching to EHF staff and volunteers about assessing the wellbeing of clients.
EHF Digital Expansion
Meeting with Beta Business Solutions, Manchester:
On 21st May 2021, EHF CEO met Business Head of Beta Business Solutions, Manchester, to discuss and share the next stage of digital expansion program. Ethnic Health Forum is working to redesign the organisational website to make it a dynamic and include staff portal. The new website will include the staff login to their dashboard in order to enable them work from office or remotely.
Community Engagement Event
Henna Painting for Eid- 11 May 2021
Ethnic Health Forum organised a Henna Event just before the Eidfestival. Our main aim to organise this event was community engagement, particularly under the COVID-19 locked down situation. This event provided an opportunity to people who have not met others due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to social isolation and minor psychological wellbeing. The Henna event has been very successful in terms of people who were very happy and excited to attend this event, and in fact, they were requesting us if we can arrange another event after Eid. As (EHF staff ), we always try to provide our best services to the community for improving their health and well-being.
Meeting local community members
Abbasi, Chair Ethnic Health Forum, having a brainstorming session with the local communities and relevant staff. Local communities are an integral part of our consultation process and plays a significant role in assessing their needs and setting organisational future directions.
Chit Chat Club
Online Community Drop-ins
In response to COVID-19 pandemic and social restrictions and locked down, Ethnic Health Forum set up online community portal called Chit Chat Club. The primary aim was to provide an online forum where local mothers and women could join and spend some time talking to others. This would help them to break their boredum and loneliness/isolation. Sarah, Welfare Advice Worker at EHF, coordinates these sessions. She had brilliant feedback from Chit Chat Club women as they were so excited and asked for more day out like that in the future to learn in an enjoyable and fresh environment. Therefore, Akhter - EHF outreach worker, arranged a walking visit to Platt Hall near Platt Field Park following social distancing.