Introduction:
It has long been acknowledged that many African Caribbean people, within the mental health system do not have access to psychological therapies; and it was against this background that in January 2008, the service recruited a homeopathic, holistic counselling and therapeutic practitioner who was very proactive in promoting the service to Omari service users, carers, health care professionals e.g. social workers, CPN’s etc.

The Service:
The Service aims to provide a range of holistic and culturally appropriate interventions aimed at assisting members to come to terms with their mental health diagnosis and, to provide a primary care service with the aim to promote psychological well-being and enable individuals to learn essential skills and knowledge in order to manage their distress independently.

Activities:
In providing a holistic service a number of programmes have been developed and are continually reviewed to ensure that the programmes are relevant and meets the needs of the service users.

Men’s Group:
Providing an environment where men are able to reason (discuss/debate) issues impacting on their emotional wellbeing e.g. relationships, unemployment, socialisation, lack of opportunities, education, mental and general health, understanding mental health medication and health service processes.

Art. Music, drumming and poetry, etc are used as a medium for them to express, and explore feelings and emotion and find common solutions. There is also the opportunity to learn and develop creative skills.


‘Nyela’ - Women’s Group:
This provides a safe and supportive environment for women and particularly those that are new to the service experiencing a pathway into holistic services where they support each other. The group often arrange trips to places of interest and for socialisation. The creative writing sessions produce poetry, self-reflection and short stories, hand-crafted work e.g. sewing, embroidery etc is very popular and an excellent way to provide a non-challenging social activity.


Cycling Group: 
To enhance this activity we were able to obtain 10 brand new cycles via the Cycling Tourist Club (CTC), Wolverhampton. This is a socially inclusive activity which helps to reduce stigmas and discrimination against those with mental health issues and Promotes positive mental health awareness.


Walking Group:
Walks occur throughout the year to aid fitness, stamina, and socialisation, which reduces isolation. Walks mainly occur in the local park. This group undertook a sponsored walk event which raised approximately £1000 towards the ACCI members annual holiday!


Healthy Living and Nutritional Advice:
Short regular sessions aimed to raise and maintain better mental health via a holistic approach.


Cookery Class:
Provides an opportunity for learning to carry out basic cooking requirements in a hygienic and safe environment. How to shop and cook on a budget whilst maintaining a healthy diet. This activity helps to improve confidence and self esteem as they are able to prepare, cook and share a meal with their peers.


Gardening Projects:
We have an established allotment in the locality of Wolverhampton. The gardening project is popular during the warmer months of the year which enables service users, carers and volunteers to take advantage of this seasonal activity. Participating in gardening and agricultural activities provides a sense of pride and achievement as the vegetables and fruits harvested are used in the kitchen at ACCI to provide service user meals.

We were also involved in a joint venture with The English Heritage at Wightwick Manor, a large historical building & estate on the out skirts of Wolverhampton. The project helped members in the art of managing, growing and, maintaining a vegetable garden within a group setting as well as exploring the medicinal uses of various herbs.


ACCI Newsletters and Poetry Workshops: 
Service users supported by staff and volunteers are assisted to produce a twice yearly newsletters and on-going poetry projects that are consistently very successful.

Anger Management Group: 
Sessions exploring issues around anger and seeking solutions, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Person Centred Counselling techniques.


Sankofa Sesa:
The purpose of this service is to promote mental wellbeing in young black males. It is designed to equip individuals with practical skills to improve mental health and develop resilience. It aims to provide comprehensive mental health promotion information in a way that is accessible to young men and makes clear the importance and relevance of protecting and improving wellbeing.

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African Caribbean Community Initiative
217 Waterloo Terrace
Newhampton Road East
Whitmore Reans
Wolverhampton
WV1 4BA

Tel: 01902 571 230
Fax: 01902 571233
Email: support@acci.org.uk

Opening Times

ACCI is open Monday to Friday all year round, including some Bank Holidays and Christmas Day.

Monday – Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Hot drinks and snacks are available.
Lunch served from:
12.30pm to 13.45pm

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