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Supporting bme people who live in homes

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Supporting bme people who live in homes

  1. 1. Supporting BME peoplewho live in homes..Cashain DavidUjima Housing Group
  2. 2. Starting points…♦ When delivering support, being black isthe both most important and mostunimportant thing at the same time♦ In the ‘support industry’ we have beenpre-occupied with providing ‘supportedhousing’ rather than enabling people tocreate and live in ‘homes’ and becomepart of communities
  3. 3. It’s about people and makinga difference..
  4. 4. A focus on the Causes..♦ Exclusion from education,♦ Financial hardship/poverty♦ Unemployment♦ Poor self image♦ Social isolation and skills, information,valued relationships,♦ Experience of ‘care’ system♦ Family conflicts / poor parenting
  5. 5. Critical Questions♦ What are you doing to prevent familybreakdown ?♦ How are you responding to exclusionsfrom schools ?♦ How are you preventing substanceuse/abuse ?♦ How do you help service users(reluctant customers) find and maintainrelationships ?
  6. 6. How do we support people?♦ somewhere to live♦ emotional problems♦ getting through a crisis♦ a full life during the day♦ making and keeping friendships
  7. 7. more…♦ getting and holding down a job♦ getting a reasonable income♦ Someone to speak on their behalf♦ learning new skills
  8. 8. Quality Assessment Framework(QAF) C1.5 Fair Access, diversityand inclusion♦ A focus on commitment to principles ofequality of opportunity♦ Respecting difference♦ Involving usersHow does this framework recognise those whowork with ‘sameness’
  9. 9. UJIMAs added value…♦ Help to make/keep contact with peoplefrom their own background♦ Opportunities to explore who they areracially and culturally♦ Multi-lingual staff to explore ‘languagecodes’♦ Knowledge of patterns of expression♦ Commitment to development of theBlack ‘community’
  10. 10. On being Black…♦ Not everyone knows that they are black,some people discover it…
  11. 11. Dr William Cross♦ A clinical psychologist practicing in theUSA♦ Aim – to explain the need forpsychological liberation underconditions of oppression♦ Central issues is IDENTITY andTRANSITION
  12. 12. Published..♦ Negro-to-Black conversion. 1971♦ Models of Nigrescence. 1980(Nigrescence – from the French ‘the process of becomingBlack’)♦ Shades of Black. 1991♦ His work has been modified and adapted tothe British context by Dr June Farrell
  13. 13. Development of identity♦ AUTOMATIC– ‘socialisation’– Early childhood– Adolescence– adulthood♦ DISCOVERY– ‘encounter’– ‘the process ofbecoming black’– ‘nigrescence’
  14. 14. Stages in Black identitydevelopment♦ Pre-Encounter - Identifies with White culture, rejectsor denies membership in Black culture.♦ Encounter - Rejects previous identification withWhite culture, seeks identification with Black culture.♦ Immersion/Emersion - Completely identifies withBlack culture and denigrates White culture.♦ Integration/Commitment - Internalizes Blackculture, transcends racism, fights general culturaloppression.
  15. 15. A look at racial identity…why?♦ Gives a framework for understanding ofresponses and presentations♦ Acknowledges the impact of racism anddiscrimination on choices♦ Help referrers to make more appropriatereferrals to services♦ Assists commissioners to understand andvalue of a wide spectrum of services
  16. 16. In a word…♦ Some black people use our servicesbecause we are Black like them, whilstothers in our communities do not useour services because we are Black’
  17. 17. Investing in the community‘Places full of strangers are inevitably feltto be places full of dangers’Gerald Lemos – Steadying the ladder
  18. 18. The Ujima approachNew MissionTo Engage, Enable & Enrich our BMEcommunities
  19. 19. ♦ Engage – with young people throughearlier interventions♦ Enable – adults to have the means ofimproving their life chances and makingbetter use of their♦ Enrich – the lives of older peoplethrough a sensitive approach to theircare and providing valued roles withinthe ‘Ujima community’
  20. 20. Supported living flat, Franz Fanon House
  21. 21. Supported living flat, Franz Fanon House
  22. 22. Supported living flat, Franz Fanon House
  23. 23. ‘Creating a home of my own’Supported living flat, Franz Fanon House
  24. 24. ‘Creating a home of my own’Supported living flat, Franz Fanon House

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