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SelfCare 4 Health & Wellbeing 2014

Health & Wellbeing Hub @City Mission supported by RAFFA

SelfCare 4 Health & Wellbeing 2014,  takes place on Saturday 29th November, at City Mission, 2 Scrubs Lane, College Park, NW10 6RB from 2pm-6pm.  Entrance and refreshments are free with appearances from Awareness Gospel Choir and City Mission Gospel Choir. SelfCare 4 Health & Wellbeing 2014 aims to increase people’s opportunities to self care- how to better look after their own physical health and mental wellbeing. There will be information displays about cancer, DEMENTIA, diabètes, heart, kidney, mental health, nutrition, prostate health, sickle cell, safeguarding, sexual health, social care, stress reduction and wellbeing activities.

Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA, said “This is a call to action for local communities to make their voices heard about their experience and expectations from their local NHS services including visits to GP surgeries.”

SelfCare 4 Health &Wellbeing 2014 will feature representatives from NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, CNWL (IAPT) Mental Wellbeing Services and Prostate Health Chat includes David Michael, Cordwell Thomas, Black Cancer Awareness and Owen Wynter, Fresh FM “Let’s chat” and men sharing their experiences and lessons learned about themselves and cultural attitudes towards healthier living.

Rev. Desmond Hall, Director, Health & Wellbeing Hub@ City Mission said, ” We are pleased to provide this new facility with support from RAFFA for local NHS and community providers. We offer a safe environment where our local communities can access information, advice, signposting, counselling, pastoral care and screening services supported by committed people who  understand and care about their spiritual, cultural and wellbeing needs”.

Health & Wellbeing Hub@City Mission supported by RAFFA, encompasses the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon. This is one of the most innovative interventions by Faith Communities on behalf of African and Caribbean communities to get involved with their local NHS commissioners of primary care and mental wellbeing services.

For more information, please contact Rudi Page on admin@raffa.org.uk or 07958744660

Passing the Baton London 2012 Games Legacy – out of the starting blocks for community blood drives across Jamaica

RAFFA, the award winning International Development Agency, will soon launch the ‘Passing the Baton 2016′ programme that aims to build on the success of the London 2012 Games legacy  by re-enforcing the message of inspiring peaceful, caring and enterprising neighbourhoods.

RAFFA and it’s partners Blood for Life UK and Angel Foundation UK with support from Grace Foods UK, recently arranged for the donation of a Mobile Blood Collection Unit to the National Blood Transfusion Service, Jamaica.

RAFFA has recently formed a partnership with ‘JLB International Shipping’, who will handle future medical equipment donations. This new partnership provides RAFFA with a greater storage capacity and more effective collection and delivery system. RAFFA and JLB International are leading the Passing the Baton community blood drive across Jamaica in support of the National Blood Transfusion Service, ” One Love, One Blood” campaign for engaging more donors aged between 17-25 years old.

Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA, said, “Donating blood is like passing the baton, it’s the easiest way to save a life. The Mobile Blood Collection Unit will cover the entire country and contribute to improving the safety and adequacy of blood supply to pregnant mothers and sickle cell patients”. We are very pleased that JLB International is on board and have already started to build relations with the corporate sector and  service clubs such as ‘Kiwanis International’. I am also pleased with the commitment from Bishop Winston A. Leith, Church of God of Prophecy Jamaica, to encourage young people to volunteer and get involved with community information and activities, including cricket and domino splash that will surround the mobile blood collection unit when it arrives in their neighbourhoods. Jamaican Diaspora communities around the world also have a role to play by encouraging their family members to donate blood.”

Dr Veronica Taylor, Acting Director, National Blood Transfusion Service in Jamaica, has welcomed the collaboration with RAFFA and its partners, noting that the Transfusion Service is extremely grateful for the support’. She added,’I am very excited about the One Love, One Blood campaign because it will broaden the reach of the NBTS and make it easier for persons to donate blood’.

Jonathan Edwards, Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group said, “The inspire programme is an Olympic and Paralympic first and projects like ‘Passing the Baton’ will go down in the history books as one of the fantastic projects that used the power of the 2012 games to inspire a generation.”

For more information, please contact:

Rudi Page on admin@raffa.org.uk or +44 (0) 7958 744660

Global Prostate Health Dialogue Day – “Tell 10 Save 1″

“1500 Who Cares” campaign will celebrate Global Prostate Health Day with a Dialogue at Pullman Hotel, London on Friday 26th September 2014, Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA, stated ” we are delighted to be involved in a global dialogue on Prostate Health, the majority of  undiagnosed and those living with prostate cancer are men of African descent”.

FRESH FM TO PROMOTE SELF-CARE AND PROSTATE HEALTH

1500 who cares logo“1500 Who Cares” led by Owen Wynter, Founder FRESH FM, a new digital music station and well known local DJ. FRESH FM will play good music and encourage more African and Caribbean men to access their local GPs  for a PSA screening test. Owen Wynter said ” More and more of my friends are now experiencing health issues, we need to take self-care seriously and inform ourselves.

“Health Chat” supported by RAFFA on FRESH FM will feature men sharing their experiences and lessons learned about themselves and cultural attitudes towards healthier living. Listeners will be connected directly to health professionals and practitioners who can provide information, advice and support for self-care and reducing stress. Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA, stated ” we are delighted that FRESH FM will help us to get the message across to African and Caribbean men, music is a powerful medium, DJs and entertainers  are important members of our Health & Wellbeing Team.

For more information: admin@raffa.org.uk



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