Sarah Maruyama, Operational Manager, Family Action Bradford, said: “Life-changing adverse events can affect children’s mental health for the long term. Thanks to this funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, Family Action, working with respected partners Step 2 and Relate Bradford, will be able to offer much needed support to some of Bradford’s most vulnerable children and their families with our pioneering trauma informed approach to recovering from traumatic experiences. This innovative service will help improve the mental health of these young people at a critical time in their lives and help them thrive.”
Ishtiaq Ahmed, Strategic Business Manager, Sharing Voices, said: "Sharing Voices Bradford (SVB) are absolutely delighted to have received this funding. The proposed project for BAME children and young people will enable SVB and faith groups to work together to increase engagement, confidence, tackle stigma and to support emotional wellbeing in a faith context. We will be using faith and spirituality as assets rather than barriers to accessing excellent care and early support.
“Our aim is also to provide training, advice and guidance to faith leaders on how to support those experiencing emotional and mental health issues. We will also be promoting opportunities to access peer support, counselling services and ensuring faith organisations are aware of the support available to them. We aim to build connections between faith organisations, the wider voluntary and community sector, and public sector organisations in Bradford."