Croydon BME Forum works to ensure local health services meet the needs of Croydon’s diverse community. It played a vital role developing services to address racial inequalities in access and experience of mental health care. This includes setting up accessible mental health and wellbeing ‘hubs’, offering mental health support in GP surgeries and help with managing long term health conditions.
Croydon BME Forum demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the mental and physical health of ethnic minority communities in Croydon, working to improve access to services, challenge stigma and reduce stark health inequalities. The judges were particularly impressed with CBMEF’s determination to find innovative ways to target services in the heart of the community, for example by opening a mental health and wellbeing hub in a local shopping centre and also by the strength of the charity’s local partnerships and integrated approach to designing support services, which has contributed to their rapid growth over the past two years.