Community Development Worker Service

The Birmingham Mind Community Development Worker Service (CDWs), work with communities across Birmingham to promote discussion around mental health and wellbeing through various training, workshops and activity sessions. Focusing on working with all communities groups and leaders; they work to increase knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, encourage greater self-awareness and self-management as well as to increase community engagement and cohesion citywide.

The service has seven different projects which all look at different aspects of wellbeing as listed below.

  • Women’s Health, lead by Shakeela Rashid, this project provides a safe space to talk about the importance of health and wellbeing during and immediaitley after pregnanacy, FGM, abuse and the importance of positive relationships.
  • Men’s Health, lead by Michelle Chan, this project engages with men to find out men’s copings strategies to mental health and wellbeing within the different community groups.
  • Newly Arrived Communities offers support and signposting for newly arrived communities in Birmingham, advising them of health, wellbeing and housing services. Ibrar Uddin, also delivers workshops in health and wellbeing, to help reduce feelings of isolation and to promote integration.
  • Supporting Families is a project to assist in identifying the needs of families with carers, mental health issues, debt and self-harm behaviours. Owen Harris works to address the needs of families within the city and provides resourcing and signposting information.
  • Criminal Justice project looks to identify barriers faced by ex-offenders on release from prison. Stephen Lewis supports them in their journey reconnecting with society, their friends and family.
  • LGBT Community project lead by Emma Marks offers participants the opportunity to engage with support to build resilience alongside equipping them with wellbeing tools and techniques.
  • African Caribbean Community project lead by Uroy Kelly, provides a meeting place for community members, to identify common issues concerning their community, in order to maintain cultural activities and debate.

To find out more about the work undertaken by our CDW Team, please call us on  0121 608 8001.