Our Trust charity, Caring Minds, helped fund the Black History Month celebrations in October at Tamarind. The funding helped to provide meaningful therapeutic activities for up to 100 of our service users, family, friends, carers, and colleagues.

Caring Minds were really pleased to offer some funding to support this event and there was tasty Caribbean food, dancing performances from Stago, dancing together and other entertainment. There was an art exhibition with work created by service users about black history month and people learnt about inspirational black leaders.

Black History Month is a really important to celebrate here at Taramind. Many of our service users have been away from their communities for a long time so it is wonderful to come together with family and friends and experience and meaningful cultural experience to celebrate shared black history. People from most departments came down and people relaxed and shared fun and food together. Funding from Caring Minds enabled this event to be far more special with a wider range of activities and entertainment than it would have been otherwise. We are very grateful for their support with this event.’ – Dawn Sutherland, Advance nurse practitioner for family and carer engagement.

The day involved traditional music, drums, dancing, and delicious authentic food available for all to enjoy. 

Hazel Ndoro, Clinical Nurse Manager and Dawn Sutherland, Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Carer Inclusion and Engagement, at Tamarind were delighted the event was a such a success. They were asked what this events means to our service users, they said:

‘We would like for all our service users to have a sense of belonging while they are going through their recovery and this event allowed them to achieve this.