Culturally Diverse Communities Project
The Culturally Diverse Communities Project (CDCP) provides wellbeing and mental health support to diverse communities in Lewisham.
Our aim is to engage with members of the community who previously may not have felt comfortable or confident in reaching out and asking for the help they need.
CDCP was formed as a partnership between SEL Mind, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and four Lewisham-based, non-profit organisations.
While our four local partners each provide wide-ranging support across their local communities, for this project they have focused on particular areas of their work:
Therapy 4 Healing (T4H)
- Talking and complementary therapies
- Black women’s ADHD group
- Black parents of children with disabilities group
- Women survivors of domestic violence/abuse
- Anger management for perpetrators of domestic violence/abuse
- Living with Anxiety
- Black women’s group
- Men’s group
- LGBTQ+ Black gay and bisexual men’s group
- Courses for 18–25-year-olds
- Working with the plants, soil, humans, and non-humans to find community and wellbeing
- Plant propagation
- Food growing
- Land art
- Soil ecology
- Flower arranging
Holistic Well Women
- Food and nutrition
- Providing women of colour with a safe space to explore their creativity and mental health
- Women’s walk and talk group
- One-to-one coaching
Adah, Culturally Diverse Communities client
“The Sydenham Gardens Mud project has helped me grow as a person naturally (pun intended!). My mental and physical health have gotten a lot better and I and feel very lucky to be a part of this.”
CDCP fights inequalities affecting people from culturally diverse communities, who have often not been well served by mental health services.
It offers support via a variety of courses to anyone aged 18 or over who is a member of a culturally diverse community.
Support can be accessed from any part of the borough of Lewisham, and is led by people with lived experience of mental health problems. Each course is normally between six and eight weeks long.
The Culturally Diverse Community project:
- Support people from culturally diverse communities who are struggling with their wellbeing or mental health.
- Provide direct support to people and groups to improve their mental health or maintain their wellbeing.
- Encourage a peer support approach to positively impact people’s health and wellbeing and challenge stigma in our communities.
- Guide and support other community and voluntary organisations and health and social care providers on different approaches to connecting and engaging with individuals who have previously felt excluded.
- Allow more people from culturally diverse communities to receive quality support for their mental health and wellbeing that works for them.