WE have welcomed in the New Year by expanding our services, following the announcement we will be able to offer much-needed one-to-one specialist support to Asian women.

We will be running part of the Khushi Service –Sandwell Asian Mental Health Service- which is a tailor-made project aimed at enabling Asian women to live their lives as independently and as fully as possible.

The service provides support for women enduring mental ill health from an Asian background in a culturally sensitive manner.

The service,which was previously commissioned by Sandwell Primary Care Trust, has now been recommissioned by the newly-formed Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
(Clinical Commissioning Group).

Dedicated staff at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be able to support individuals in various ways from helping with day-to-day tasks, offering advice on practical issues and support
through crisis situations as well as making service-users aware of all the available support and services available in the community.

The service will also offer interpreting support to help individuals who do not have English as their first language.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq, is delighted the organisation are now able to offer their expertise through this service.

She said: “This is really exciting for us especially as the service will cover Sandwell and West Birmingham and will integrate well with our existing community-based services.

“This specialist service is much-needed in the community and will help a number of Asian women who are unaware of the support available to them in a culturally sensitive manner.

“As a charity we are always looking at new ways in which we can promote positive mental health and this is another big step in that direction for us.”