Our Well-Being SPACE
So much fun! Venessa Bobb Founder of A2ndVoice came to visit!
Her daughter Louise,19, is on her 4th week of online arts, crafts and cookery sessions. SUBJECT: Coping with Autism in lockdown.
Our Holistic Aims
We are an organisation that has a mission statement to develop new skills and confidence within the BAME community. We have identified various challenges within the community namely Isolation, domestic abuse, mental health issues and financial difficulties.
To address this complex community needs we offer:
Tailored sessions made accessible through the support of local professionals namely Bevali Mckenzie, Dee Buchanan, Paul Mckenzie, Theodore Akpan and other qualified therapists who are able to meet the cultural-based needs of the community we address.
We believe that group arts, mentoring, support and development of new skills that recognise isolation as a problem are key to unlocking opportunities for those who are socially isolated.
Health care services are under increasing pressure and are, due to funding cuts not able to fully support the vast challenges faced by local residents.
We as an organisation who envisage resolving this issue by offering our clients non-clinical services to meet their wellbeing needs, as it has been identified that a number of patients seen by GP’S report a problem which is social rather than medical.
We are thus able to refer such individuals to professionals we have on our books who are working alongside with us delivering counselling, peer to peer support, hypnotherapy, remedial massage, reflexology, NLP and mentoring.
We have started already delivering food to the most vulnerable, and have a strong workforce of volunteers who are devoted to contributing to community spirit who have and are making a difference through these Corona times.
These services have proven a success having a positive impact on our community at large.
We are addressing social prescribing as being more than just delivering services and social activities just in times of crisis such as this, but in constantly building and adding to services that will both improve and have a lasting effect on those who attend.
We seek to deliver our social prescribed sessions in local settings, open to all, providing transport so nobody will be excluded. We will be addressing a solution and reducing the impact on GP’s for non-medical related issues such as isolation.
We are delighted to offer these services to the community as we strive to develop a shared sense of health, wellbeing and development of new skills within the community. We strive to help the community to help and support each other.
So please contact us if we can be of service.
Behind the Scenes
Here at Code1 Community Group, we see the value in everyone, but understand that injustice and the social economical system is negatively reflected in the lives of the POC community. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginning last year, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organisation upon support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
Bevali and Cynthia getting ready for our Community Funday!
FILMING & PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOPS
Getting our member's voices heard. Building individuals and completing Arts Awards Accreditation. We work alongside FOAM20 and Reel Brit Productions to make short films involving our local youth. We also host regular local events to showcase the emerging talent in our borough and neighbouring boroughs. Our workshops and events involve working closely with disadvantaged members of our communities
RESPECTING YOUR BODY STARTS WITH WHAT YOU EAT, HOW YOU EXERCISE & WHAT YOU THINK
Reinforcing positive eating lifestyles through workshops and training programs. We involve the whole family to bring about change. When our members eat well they feel well and are mentally stronger for taking and making healthy decisions. We believe that exercise is very important and make sure that our members stay active.
MENTORING & LIFE COACHING
WORKING WITH SCHOOLS
Taking one step at a time to achieve confidence. Promoting real outcomes by working with young people on a 1-1 basis and in small groups. Intervention workshops are extremely important in the lives of our young. With a high volume of knife crime, anti-social behaviour and mental health issues within the borough we need to engage our young people in positive life skills from an early age.
OUR VISION FOR THE ELDER'S
Here at Code1 Community Group, we are driven towards working with our elders in our community. Many of our elders live in isolation and need to feel part of the community. We recognise the disconnection between the youth and the older community and aim to correct this by introducing programs that will encourage communication between the inter-generational gap. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact on all of our pursuits. Some of our elders are interested in our elderly storytelling sessions, where they can express themselves and teach the younger generation about their lives. We look out for our elderly and support them with good nutritional advice, befriending services, subsidised holistic treatments, respite retreats and art/creative classes.
Some of our young members putting a spoken-word piece together
Code1 Community Group recognises that all individuals are equal. We do however understand the need to identify those people from the POC community who are not able to engage in the same educational, professional, sociable and economical systems as their counterparts for whatever the reason, be it attitude towards institutions, social and economic exclusions, poverty, crime, and school exclusion.
We also work closely with A2ndVoice charity and other groups that encourage inclusivity for autistic children and their families.