Our staff worked hard throughout lockdown to ensure our members could continue to access emotional and practical support, staff moved a lot of our activities online and introduced new activities such as Yoga, Bollywood dance, Virtual walking groups and more, all whilst ensuring members had accurate information to covid 19 guidance in all forms. We have had many activities start to open up after the lockdown, Members have been delighted to return to face to face meetings and this has significantly improved their mental health and wellbeing. Please see below for more information and video links.
Highlights since restrictions lifted
Dementia Awareness Sessions
Our monthly dementia awareness session covers all cultural elements. Our aim was to promote the idea that connecting with your culture greatly stimulates the memories of dementia sufferers such as music, dance, familiar smells & tastes. Cultural Dementia Awareness Session – YouTube / Meet UMEED: Keeping culture at the heart of dementia – YouTube
Holi, is known as the festival of colours. Our Family Service organised a small celebration for their service users, and had delicious south Asian food, music, Bollywood dancing, massages and more.
Each week at John Archer Hall members get together to engage their creativity, we are happy to connect with other organisations to offer exciting projects. We recently collaborated with Liverpool University, Victoria Gallery, Liverpool John Moores University & Desanna Watson (Artist-in-residence) for the Jamaica Making Workshop.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Event
We were part of a fantastic campaign with Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance raising awareness of prostate cancer in BAMER Men ‘1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, twice the rate of other men in the population’.
International Women’s Day
We wanted to showcase our commitment to women’s equality & highlight gender bias.. we shared contributions to the campaign #BreakTheBias made by our members, staff and volunteers for #IWD2022 International Women’s Day – YouTube
Oral Hygiene Workshop
Fouzia Hinchliffe organised an immensely informative and engaging talk with Dentist Ann Mary Varghese and students from the Royal Liverpool University Dental Hospital. Our service users especially appreciated the many models brought along, as well as the practical demonstrations shared. It was also extremely beneficial, the way in which the dentist conducted the session by dividing them up into their various language speaking groups. We have since shared the same information with our various WhatsApp groups and other online platforms which have been widely used since. Due to the pandemic many people were unable to visit their dentist in person, so found the session reassuring and have acquired useful techniques to look after their teeth. Indeed, many of them now realise that they have been brushing their teeth incorrectly all their lives and welcome the changes eagerly!
Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham visit
Steve attended our Health & Wellbeing group and made everyone feel part of the community, listened to people’s concerns and learnt all about Mary Seacole House.
Learning more about MSH
Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC interviews Mary Seacole House Operations Manager Iqra Mazir whilst cooking delicious soup for our members walking group. Facebook LIVE – YouTube Michelle discusses the importance of getting out of the house to improve your Mental Health, she spoke to some of our members from the walking group which started back up in September 2021. Mary Seacole House Members Interview Part 1 with Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – YouTube & Mary Seacole House Members Interview Part 2 with Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – YouTube
We discussed our project with Kim Johnson (Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside) who was visiting the Kuumba Imani Centre at the time.
Health & Wellbeing Sessions
Our BAMER family service ran fortnightly meetings in Prince Park where professionals like the GP, Diabetic nurse and dietitian raised awareness and addressed health inequalities. The aim was to keep our service users active and motivated as restrictions were easing.
Highlights whilst in lockdown