Pamodzi current activities:
We believe that Initiatives tackling health and well-being awareness among Africans and other ethnic minorities tend to end with the conclusion that Africans and ethnic minorities are “Hard to Reach Communities”. The methods and models used tend to be one-size-fits-all. Most mainstream services are struggling to make an impact in these communities. Face to face interventions are costly –that has to be balanced against the fact that Africans (particularly recent immigrants) tend to respond better to this method of communication.
HIV awareness project:
Outreach HIV Awareness and information giving programme in the African community in Islington initially funded by Cripplegate foundation. The project aims: to deliver information, increase awareness, reduce stigma and encourage participants to go for testing or to access sexual health and HIV services early. Participants are identified through our existing networks, volunteers, community organisations through our outreach programmes.
Love safely’ Project:
‘Love safely’ is a community based HIV and sexual health service delivered at a venue and time convenient to the client using a toolkit in west London. Delivered by the African Health Improvement Programme with a partnership of 9 organisations, it is free to anyone who lives in the Tri- Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Project ended 2015/6. The project has continued on a voluntary basis by our trained volunteers giving up some of their time to dedicate to the project.
Condom distribution programme:
Free condom service to Africans living in the Tri-Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster
Cancer awareness programme ‘Small c’ Campaign:
Peer education with the over 50+ age group with particular reference to BME Communities in Camden funded by London Cancer. Pamodzi is part of a local Health Forum bringing together mainly African and other ethnic minority organisations proving health related services in Camden and Islington. The fact that Pamodzi is part of a forum of up to 12 organisations enables us to reach a wider cohort of the community and allows for support, training and referrals to be provided to member organisations.
Carers Awareness project:
One to one and small discussion groups outreach project in Camden, to raise awareness and increase the uptake of services, with the aim of minimising the negative effect linked to caring such as; discrimination, reduced ability to work and inevitable poverty which can then contribute to deterioration in health in a vicious circle, within African communities in partnership with African led organisations (The African Health Forum) working in Camden and Islington, the project is funded by Camden Carers services(CCS)
Counselling & Emotional Support Services:
Counselling with a small fee for those who can afford and we sign post to mental services if necessary. Counselling sessions are delivered by qualified volunteer counsellors.
We have recently been commissioned by RBKC to provide Counselling and emotional support services to all those affected by the Grenfell tragedy. The project is called the ‘ROC project’ The Pamodzi ‘ROC project’ offers counselling Services to enable individuals to talk about what they are going through, challenges faced and feelings in a safe and confidential environment.
Mental Health – Camden Cultural Advocacy Service Project
The overall aim of the project is to create new ways of co-producing services and approaches with BME communities that address mental health issues through ground up and innovative community approaches. In its first year the project will focus on Bangladeshi and Black African and Caribbean communities.
Raising Awareness on Dementia
We aim to raise awareness of dementia amongst BME communities especially of African origin, and the resources available to people with dementia and their carers, throughout the communities that we serve.
Pregnancy Reach Project
The REACH Pregnancy Programme [Research for Equitable Antenatal Care and Health] aims to generate high quality evidence on how to improve access to antenatal care and enhance the value and experience of that care, for pregnant women living in areas with high levels of poverty and ethnic diversity. We are engaged in the community reach aspect of the project.