BAME Leadership Project

With funding from Sutton Council, we are delivering a volunteer leadership project for people aged 50+, targeting the BAME community. The project will train older people to lead projects and support our older people's projects.

BME Health Forum

A project that will deliver meals and online activities to men and women 70+ to reduce isolation.

Civic Roots 3  

When Rivers Meet Network  (WRMN) is a project based in the London Borough of Sutton, designed to forge a meaningful network among small, Global Majority-ed grassroots organisations within the Sutton Borough. It addresses the prevalent challenges of isolation, fragmentation, and resource scarcity that these organisations face.

By addressing the obstacles encountered by local grassroots organisations, WRMN aims to catalyse a transformation within Sutton's civic landscape. The network's long-term goal is to unlock the civil potential of Sutton, fostering a vibrant civil society. Here, Global Majority groups and marginalised communities are empowered to engage in volunteer work and civic activities actively, address inequalities and overcome isolation.

We started building the network in March 2023. Currently, the network has 5 formal partners. Over the past year, WRMN has successfully conducted several workshops and community events, as well as a series of research consultations. WRMN is eager to establish further partnerships with community groups in the area and is committed to listening to local voices. Inquiries are welcome.

London Sport

A project that works with young men and women using sport as a tool for social change and to reduce isolation.

The Mercers Company

A project that will look at reducing the isolation of older BAME people impacted by COVID-19.

People Health Trust Project

A project that will work with older men and women in the community to support community cohesion and integration through a wide range of weekly activities.

On the Line Project

Volunteer Telephone Support service providing vital contact for house-bound elders. Friendly practical and emotional support and signposting as well as referrals to health and other services are the key components of this service.

The project also provides a much-needed food delivery service for older people with mobility and health problems. Our energetic volunteers are on the move most days of the week delivering nutritious and culturally appropriate food to African and Caribbean and BME groups. This project increases access to food for people experiencing food poverty.

Road Map 2 Recovery Project

Supporting BME adults aged 70+ providing paced and specialist support to help participants regain independence, build confidence and connections, and transition to the new normal, following lockdown.

The first stage provides weekly presentations and talks by independent consultants, including psychologists, GPs, and Social Workers. We are working in partnership with Sutton CCG, Health Watch Sutton, Royal Society of Health and other statutory and community partners. etc.

Watch this space: Stage 2 of this project will launch in the summer with a variety of delicious plant-based lunch events to increase participants’ confidence in socialising and reintegrating into their community.

Vitalize Project

Everyone is welcome! Our team of sessional workers, artist consultants, and volunteers provides arts and crafts activities, mindfulness sessions, exhilarating outings, film nights, book clubs, lunch clubs, dominoes evenings. These activities help isolated and vulnerable BAME men and women aged 55+ who have emotional/mental health difficulties. This project operates in the daytime and the evenings – our users say this is when they feel loneliest.