New premises for Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture

Date published: 09 September 2020

The Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture has moved from the first floor of the Unique Enterprise Centre on Belfield Road to new premises on East Street.

The registered community organisation has received project funding, managed by Race Equality Foundation, for the next three months from Department of Health and Social Care, providing support for black, Asian and minority ethnic people living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project has set up an online questionnaire in collaboration with local services in English and Urdu to seek views from its beneficiaries, and their carers, who are diagnosed or living with dementia, in terms of support provided by services and their needs during the pandemic.

The Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture now has a weekly telephone helpline to support local communities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 1pm. The service can be provided in English, Urdu and Bengali to support local communities during the coronavirus pandemic, and to know how to access local health and social services for advice, support and information. Please call: 01706 564581

A weekly community podcast is recorded to support services and users by providing information and support in different languages, whilst weekly programmes are recorded on CWTV Online Community Channel in various languages to create awareness on health and wellbeing topics by providing a bilingual resource.

Councillor Rana Faisal recently visited the centre at the former East Street surgery to record for both the community podcast and CWTV Online Community Channel.

He said: “This is a unique resource and an asset of the borough and I was extremely delighted to see that this project is meeting the needs of the community in a very creative way.

“It will reach out to many people in different languages and help to support local services through the different mediums provided by CWTC.”

Councillor Rana hopes that the local services will take part in this free project to reach out to their target groups. He also mentioned his experiences with his mother, who had dementia, noting how important it is to create awareness of the condition.

CEO Mohammed Sarwar said: “Our new premises provide better access for CWTC’s activities for supporting people diagnosed or living with dementia, wellbeing café, work placements, accredited courses. Through this project will further connect communities and we can provide online opportunities and create social media content to support other related local services.

“We hope that people will also take part in the survey to improve the needs of beneficiaries and health and social services.”

If you would like to take part in any of the activities, please contact Mr Sarwar:

The Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture can now be found at 1 East Street, Rochdale (previously East Street Surgery).

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