About Black Thrive
Black Thrive is a partnership that works to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. We use a Collective Impact approach (described by Kania and Kramer in 2011) to bring together individuals, local communities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to address structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving.
We place the voices of the community at the centre with the aim of influencing policy, service design and delivery and to provide feedback about the community’s experience of services. We aspire to build a culture where Black communities are supported by relevant, accessible services, which provide the same quality of support for all people regardless of their race.
Further information can be found on our website: https://www.blackthrive.org.uk/what-we-do
About the team
We are a small and dedicated team with big ambitions. Our work focuses on changing systems that create and sustain inequalities for Black people in Lambeth. We continue to push conventional boundaries, which means our work is challenging but both exciting and extremely rewarding.
As a learning organisation, we try to nurture a culture where we reflect on what works, as well as identifying areas for improvement. It is important to avoid ‘group think’, and we work to create a safe space where we can respectfully challenge one another, and both give and receive constructive feedback.
Our team includes many committed volunteers who help to shape our thinking and approach. They play a crucial role in ensuring that the voice of the community is placed at the centre of what we do. We are keen to increase the participation of people living with long-term conditions in our work and to use our expertise and networks to nurture leaders locally.
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Arts impact on Black Mental Health in Lambeth: Starting a Dialogue
Monday, October 16th, 2017 2-4pm Health Foundry
Key discussion points
· Can the arts be used to empower service users and local people to articulate their experiences of racism and discrimination in using mental health and other services in Lambeth? How?
· How do you create opportunities for service users and carers to explore new experiences and opportunities around the arts around skills development?
· Really important to work with a cultural institution with a proper insight into BME cultural heritage to co-design approach – would make any arts programme more informed and relevant to the individual.
· Useful to develop a network of art practitioners and arts/heritage organisations to work with service providers and commissioners especially around the alliance contract providers
· Need to develop evidence base - how does black heritage or the arts contribute to mental wellbeing and self-esteem?
· What would a social prescribing model with the arts and heritage targeting the black community look like in terms of the target audience (children & young people, adults of working age with mild depression, service users with a long-term history of depression or psychosis, older people with dementia)?
· Need to challenge leadership on white privilege
· Really important to support families/carers and not just the individual. Perhaps a joint arts activity could help with supporting these people and also strengthening bonds.
· Need to get commissioners on board with any arts intervention from the start to increase the chance of long-term sustainability.
· Need to make sure language used is inclusive, not too academic, institutional or distancing.
· Could be useful to connect with national Social Prescribing Network – they may also need our help in becoming more diverse.
· Highly recommend reading recent All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts and Wellbeing report “Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing” for comprehensive national picture and robust evaluation.
Suggestions for future agendas/events
· More dance and movement
· Circus skills
· Events about older people
· Impact of loss and bereavement also takes its toll, especially on youngsters
· Journeys of appreciation
· Cultural complacency
· Hearing where the leadership are in terms of unconscious bias
Feedback from attendees
“Zena was terrific!”
“The discussion was really productive”
“The Alchemy project was fantastic – movement is so important...”
“Found it useful hearing how the arts help to express and communicate - physically, spoken word, visual artwork etc”
“Remember older people…”
“Great to have the opportunity to hear about a range of projects…”
“Please do more events like these...”
“Step two is to follow on from today!”
“Keep at it, keep it up, the arts is a vital outlet for release…”
Please let us know if you have any further suggestions or feedback following the event:
Patrick [email protected] or Ali [email protected]
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