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300 Voices project scoops equality award

Published: 27/03/2015


300 Voices
, a project that seeks to improve the experiences of young African and Caribbean men in mental health care, has been recognised at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2015 for its work on equality and engagement in the West Midlands.

The project was acknowledged at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2015, receiving the Chair’s Award for its outstanding contribution towards tackling health inequalities and promoting community wellbeing.

300 Voices is a working partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Time to Change, West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and COPE that seeks to engage with young African and Caribbean men aged between 18 and 25 to hear their experiences of inpatient and outpatient care.

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Through the use of workshops, radio, theatre, festivals and more, 300 Voices has engaged with hundreds of service users and staff from across the partnership since its launch in January 2014. Exciting times are now ahead for the project as it begins to focus on developing responses to service user feedback, as well as supporting the development of a forum for young African and Caribbean men to have a collective voice.

The awards, held by Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the first time this year, recognised those who have supported diverse local communities to benefit health and wellbeing in the area.

John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the project to be recognised at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2015. Our Trust has a firm commitment to improve services to black and ethnic minority communities in the West Midlands and so we are very proud of the work the 300 Voices team is doing.”

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change also commented: “300 Voices is a real partnership and it’s great to see this recognised with this award. What makes this a great innovation, and makes us so proud, is that the voices of young African and Caribbean men living with mental health problems have been at the forefront of change.”