Active Lives, Healthy Minds project

 “Active Lives, Healthy Minds” is a mental health and wellbeing project that is being implemented in West London focusing on the Eritrean, Nepalese, Somali and Tamil communities. The project is funded by Reaching Communities - the Big Lottery Fund and aims to improve mental health and the wellbeing of members of the communities and supporting them to increase participation in the development and implementation of relevant mental health and health services in the area.

Members of the Eritrean, Nepalese, Somali and Tamil communities have experienced severe loss and disruption of their lives due to war, civil unrest and natural disaster in their countries of origin, followed by the traumatic experience of flight and then the stress caused by the asylum process and difficulties adapting to new language and cultural settings. The project will assist community groups in developing activities to support the mental health and wellbeing in a culturally sensitive and non stigmatising way.

ROTA is working with Account Trust, the Network of Eritrean Women, Family Care and the Tamil Community Centre to deliver coping and adaptive skills support and training to enable members to better manage their progress towards becoming active citizens. At the end of 2017, The Network of Eritrean Women received a National Lottery Awards for All for £10,000 and joined the project as a partner. This partnership continues into the third and final year of Active Lives, Healthy Minds. Family Care, a Somali organisation, joined the project in January 2019.

Active Lives, Healthy Minds(ALHM) follows on from a previous three year ROTA project called “Healthy Mobilised and BAME” which worked from a baseline whereby service users were engaged and made aware of mental health issues in year one, to building skills and development through year one, two and three to a position where they were more content with their life from their own perspective. The positive outcomes from Healthy Mobilised and BAME and the lessons learnt and tools developed formed the basis of ALHM.

The project will be independently evaluated by the McPin Foundation, with a view to disseminating learning to other refugee communities.




Active Lives, Healthy Minds Project News

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 - 16:38
Through our partner organisations, the project worked with people from a refugee or migrant background. When it comes to addressing the mental health support needs, members of refugee communities often face three-fold challenges: Firstly, many... Read more
Monday, 10 June, 2019 - 16:09
NHS England is consulting community members and community-led organisations on their Long Term Plan. The Local Healthwatch in Hounslow has been commissioned to undertake consultations to hear from "disadvantaged groups" about their experiences with... Read more
Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 - 14:17
This is an outline of the discussions and points raised at our alternative consultation event: “Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say” on 12 June 2018 as well as REAP’s Networking Conference: “Building New Lives: Refugees in West London” and... Read more
Thursday, 12 July, 2018 - 14:51
In follow up of our alternative consultation event ‘ Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say ’ feeding into North West London (NWL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Equality Objectives [L1] and the Open Letter we sent to newly elected London... Read more
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 - 15:20
Open College Network has this month given our training provided to refugee communities an accreditation at entry level 3. This training is provided by our Active Lives, Healthy Minds Project to our refugee community partners. The main objective of... Read more