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Support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups

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We understand that sometimes people feel more comfortable accessing services which specialise in supporting those from particular communities, cultures, or require certain adjustments in order to support their own personal needs. 
Please don’t feel limited by the services listed below, and if you feel that you cannot find a support service that is applicable to you- either disclose using the Report with Details tool, and the Report and Support team will be happy to search for additional services.

External Services

General Support
  • African Sons and Daughters:African Sons and Daughters (ASD) is a non-profit organisation focused on the needs of members of the African community in the UK and the Worldwide African Diaspora.  
  • Chinese Information and Advice Centre:dedicated to helping Chinese women and families who are struggling or in distress.  
  • Chinese National Healthy Living Centre: telephone and other support services for the Chinese community. Multilingual health helpline offers advice and signposting on range of issues.  
  • Nour: providesIslamic support and advice through Islamic advisors (male and female) who are from a range of different Islamic schools of thought.  
  • The Asian Circle:a collective within The Circle, brings together UK-based Asian women from all walks of life who have a shared passion and commitment to addressing the issues facing dis-empowered women and girls in India and South Asia.  
  • The Sikh Helpline: established over 25 years ago, The Sikh Helpline has developed itself to be a trusted point of contact for members of the community in dealing with a range of issues, especially those linked to cultural and social taboos.
Harassment, Discrimination and Hate Crime
  • CST:is Community Security Trust, a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. You can report antisemitism directly to CST, as well as receiving psychological support tailored to the Jewish community’s needs.  
  • Muslim Women’s Network: operate a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline that is confidential and non-judgmental, which offers information, support, guidance and referrals for those who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues.  
  • Tell Mama:are an independent, non-governmental organisation which works on tackling anti-Muslim hatred. The MAMA Project will provide a means for such incidents to be reported, recorded and analysed, working to ensure this data is accurate and reliable and the victims and witnesses affected receive support. 
Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Sexuality
  • Aanchal:24 hour telephone helpline and services for Asian women who have experienced domestic violence, emotional support, group work and counselling.  
  • Ashiana Network:specialises in helping Black and Minority Ethnic women, in particular, women from South Asian, Turkish & Iranian communities, aged 16-30 years who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.  
  • Imkaan:Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME).  
  • Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO):  provide direct services to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.  
  • Jewish Women’s Aid: provides confidential, accessible, empowering and culturally sensitive advocacy and support for Jewish women and children affected by domestic violence.  
  • Latin American Women’s Rights Services:  offers advice, advocacy and practical support to Latin American women who are experiencing or have experienced Domestic Violence, Harmful practices or any other form of violence.  
  • Latin American Women’s Aid:  offers a range of support services, including refuge and outreach for Latin American and Black and minority ethnicity women and children.  
  • London Black Women’s Project (LBWP):  a domestic violence organisation committed to ending all forms of violence against women and girls. LBWP provides women-only outcomes-focused services in safe and confidential space through a number of projects to BMER women and girls aged 12+.  
  • Sharan:is a U.K. based charity providing support and advice to vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have been or are at risk of being disowned due to abuse or persecution.  
Mental Health
  • Black Thrive: an organisation that aims to end the stigma associated with mental health and address mental health inequalities experienced by Black communities. 
  • Chinese Mental Health Association: an organisation that is involved in providing direct services, increasing mental health awareness and representing Chinese mental health issues in public forums and raising its profile in the overall Chinese community. 
  • CIO:a group of individuals who are seeking to setup a network of information and service centres to help assist UK Indians gain access to help and support concerning mental health.  
  • Jami UK: Jami is the specialist provider of mental health services in the Jewish community. 
  • Muslim Community Helpline:a national organisation providing listening and emotional support service for members of the Muslim community in the UK.  
  • Sharing Voices: a charity in Bradford that aims to reduce mental health and related inequalities for BAME communities. 
  • Sikh Your Mind:aims to increase awareness of mental health difficulties in the Sikh community. 
  • The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network:are the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean.   
Parents and Carers

ACACIA: this service provides free information/awareness raising sessions for individuals, families, community groups, professionals and anyone else who would like to receive information/training regarding perinatal mental health and BAME.

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