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In response to evidence of perpetual race inequality in the mental health system, the Department of Health launched the 5 year Delivering Race Equality programme in 2005. The purpose of the programme is encompassed within the following three building blocks, which aim to:
  • Ensure culturally responsive and sensitive services for BME communities.
  • Encourage better engagement between service providers and the BME communities.
  • Promote better access to and use of information by both BME communities and service providers.
The SEVA Consortium established by three voluntary sector organisations in Manchester- Pakistani Resource Centre, Wai Yin Chinese Women Society and the African & Caribbean Mental health Service- comprises of Community Development Workers (CDW) who are tasked with implementing the Delivering Race Equality programme in Mental Health. The work of CDWs is therefore been designed to fulfil four essential roles:
  1. Capacity Builder (Supporting self-help groups and wellbeing projects in the community)
  2. Access Facilitator (Raising awareness of mental health services in the community and exploring referral routes)
  3. Change Agent (Facilitating participatory events and consultations)
  4. Service Developer (Addressing cultural competence of mental health services)
Three of the nine CDWs working for the SEVA team are based at the Pakistani Resource Centre. Along with working with the South Asian communities they work with community based organisations and also mainstream services both within and outside of the mental health realm in accordance to the above roles.
Our mission is to ensure that everybody belonging to ethnic minority communities exercise their rights, duties and responsibilities to fully participate in British life. In order to ensure this SEVA works within the following strategic programmes;
  • User and Carer Participation
  • Building Bridges with Statutory Sector
  • Faith Links
  • Menís Mental Health
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Children and Young People
  • Improving Psychological Services
  • Services for Older people
  • Mixed Heritage and Mental Health
The DRE Programme will be evaluated nationally at the end of 2010. We are however determined to ensure that our work continues to have an impact for many years beyond the end of the DRE programme.
For more information please call on 0161 434 7800 or send an e-mail to:
Najia Atif
Atif Kamal
Rahena Mossabir
Free information available for download:
  SEVA Leaflet
For further information please email:
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